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McDowell confirmed as host of Irish Open

2nd December 2019, 18:17 by Tom McGarry

Former world number four Graeme McDowell will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the next two years.

The former US Open champion succeeds Rory McIlroy and Paul McGinley as the tournament host, with the 2020 edition set to return to Mount Juliet Estate for the first time in 25 years.

The County Kilkenny venue previously hosted the tournament between 1993-95, with Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Sam Torrance emerging as the winners during that period.

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els have also previously won at the venue when it hosted the WGC-American Express Championship.

No venue has been confirmed for the 2021 Irish Open as McDowell looks forward to being the ambassador for the tournament over the next two years.

"It's a huge privilege to have the opportunity to host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in both 2020 and 2021," McDowell said.

"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."

The 2020 Irish Open will take place from May 28-31 although it remains to be seen whether or not defending champion Jon Rahm, who has won the title in two of the last three years, will compete.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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