The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open golf tournament, hosted by Paul McGinley, at Lahinch Golf Club in Co. Clare, has been a huge success this week with Saturday and Sunday emulating Royal Portrush in 2012 by selling out.
Wednesday’s Pro-Am saw 11,083 fans flock to the Old Course at the world renowned Clare links to see celebrities such as AP McCoy, Niall Horan and Paul O’Connell playing.
The opening day of the second Rolex Series event in this year’s Race to Dubai on Thursday saw 16,228 patrons come through the gates, with Friday’s attendance reaching 18,841.
Saturday witnessed the tournament’s first sell-out day since Royal Portrush in 2012, as Lahinch reached full capacity with the Box Office closing midway through the day by which stage 20,097 patrons had paid in. A further attendance of 20,477 today ensured Sunday was another sell-out day.
“The 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has surpassed all of my expectations, and anyone who has spoken to me throughout this process will know I had set my expectations very high,” said McGinley. “We have created a festival of golf of which I have rarely seen in my decades of attending and playing in this event.
“I would like to thank all of the fans who have contributed to such an unforgettable occasion thus far and I am sure the remainder of the weekend will produce the kind of drama and noise for which this tournament has become renowned.”
An announcement on the venue for the 2020 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will be made in due course.