Shane Lowry, the first Rolex Series winner of the 2019 season, will be joined on home soil this July by Ryder Cup star and former Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood, when the duo arrive at the famous Lahinch Golf Club in Co. Clare for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Tournament host Paul McGinley is set to bring the prestigious event to the iconic links venue for the first time from July 4-7, for the second of eight Rolex Series events on the 2019 Race to Dubai.
For Lowry, it will be a much-anticipated homecoming after the popular Offaly player claimed his first European Tour title in three and a half years in the maiden Rolex Series event of the 2019 campaign, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.
It will be a particularly poignant return to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for Lowry, coming ten years after a remarkable breakthrough victory in his home event – when, as a 22 year old unknown amateur, he overcame Robert Rock in a play-off to become just the third amateur winner in European Tour history.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Lowry. “Going to Lahinch – it’s in a beautiful part of Ireland, on a great golf course, and if the weather is good, honestly, you won’t get a nicer place in the world. I think Paul will do a great job, and I think as always Dubai Duty Free do a fantastic job. The fact that it’s part of the Rolex Series is amazing and I’m lucky enough and happy to be going there as a Rolex Series champion. I’d love to win another home title and hopefully it will be this year.”
Joining Lowry at Lahinch – which is consistently ranked inside the top 100 of the world’s greatest golf courses – is one of the game’s most popular stars, Englishman Fleetwood.
Fleetwood’s most recent victory also came in Abu Dhabi, in 2018, and the 28 year old has since remained in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking, come close to earning a maiden Major title at last year’s U.S. Open and played a starring role in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory at Le Golf National last September.
The 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open provided one of the most dramatic finales in the tournament’s 91-year history, as Russell Knox holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to clinch a place in a play-off alongside New Zealander Ryan Fox.
Tickets for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open are on sale at www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com and begin at €23 for Pro-Am Wednesday, with single tickets for Thursday or Friday costing €30 and day tickets for each weekend day costing €35 each. An adult season ticket, which covers five days of world class golf from Wednesday to Sunday, begins at a special price of just €110.
Children under 12 years of age are entitled to free entry when accompanied by an adult, day junior tickets for those between 12 and 17 years of age are €10 (€30 for a season ticket) while those aged between 18 and 21, as well as students with valid student cards and over 60s, can avail of a concession ticket – €20 for a day (€80 for a season).