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Westwood and Willett join Irish Open line-up

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Westwood and Willett join Irish Open line-up thumbnail Lee Westwood will be in Irish Open action at Portstewart this summer

TEN time Ryder Cup player Lee Westwood, and 2016 Masters tournament champion Danny Willett, have confirmed their participation for the Irish Open.
The pair will be joined by fellow English superstars Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood. Along with the recently-announced Justin Rose, they will add to a world-class English contingent at Portstewart Golf Club where they will attempt to dethrone the reigning champion and tournament host Rory McIlroy.
With a host of big names still to be announced, this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, taking place from July 6-9, is expected to be the biggest in the tournament's long history - bolstered by its new status as one of the eight prestigious Rolex Series events. The prize fund has increased to a record $7 million, while the tournament will also benefit from significant investment in the fan and player experience, as well as the digital and broadcast product. Westwood has a strong record in the island of Ireland's national open championship, with a tied tenth finish at the K Club last year adding to three top fives and two further top tens, and the 23-time European Tour winner is looking forward to returning. "The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has always been one of the highlights of the European Tour season and, with it now being part of the Rolex Series. It going to be even bigger this time around," he said.

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