McDowell to Host Two Years of Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

US Open champion and Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the next two years.

In 2020 he will host the tournament as the second event on the Rolex series at Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny.

Confirmation is expected shortly that Portstewart in his native Northern Ireland will be the venue for the tournament in 2021.

The 40-year-old succeeds Paul McGinley who was host at Lahinch in 2019 and Rory McIlroy for four years before him as hosting the tournament and acting as a global ambassador for the event.

“It’s a huge privilege to have the opportunity to host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in both 2020 and 2021,” said the Portrush native speaking yesterday to the European Tour website.

“The event has gone from strength to strength over the last few years with the support of Dubai Duty Free and the efforts of Rory and Paul as hosts, alongside everybody at the European Tour.”

“I’m really looking forward to taking on that responsibility over the next two years and adding to the history of this great tournament, which has become a global spectacle that Irish golf fans can be proud of.”

“Our island is famous for its incredible golf courses and passionate golf fans, both north and south of the border and obviously I would love to bring the event to Northern Ireland in 2021. But my focus now is on next year at Mount Juliet Estate and making sure that is another world-class sporting occasion.”

McDowell has won ten times on the European Tour and secured his first Major winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when he became the first European winner in 40 years.

Later that year he claimed the winning point in Europe’s 14½-13½ victory in The Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort.

He has played four times overall in the biennial contest, winning nine points, while he was a vice-captain for the first time under Thomas Bjørn at Le Golf National last year.

“We are very pleased that Graeme McDowell will take on the role of host for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for 2020 and 2021,” said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free.

“Graeme has always proved himself to be a wonderful sportsperson who can perform and compete at the highest levels.”

“His vast experience and talent will no doubt further grow the interest among both players and fans in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Mount Juliet will be a magnificent venue for 2020, it is a stunning parkland course and is often referred to as a ‘great spectator course’ by fans. We are looking forward to working with Graeme and the European Tour over the coming months and wish him the best of luck in his work.”

Mount Juliet will be hosting the event next May 28th to 31st for the first time in 25 years. Between 1993 and 1995 it was won by Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Sam Torrance.

“We are delighted with the announcement that Graeme McDowell will be our host here at Mount Juliet Estate next year and it will be a pleasure to welcome Graeme back to the Estate,” said Damien Gaffney, Director of Tetrarch, the owners of Mount Juliet Estate.

“Graeme has played our course previously during the 2004 American Express Championship, and now to welcome him as host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is fantastic news and we really hope he enjoys the overall experience.”

The only official sales channel to purchase tickets for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is via the ticketing platform Eventbrite.

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