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Poulter looking forward to Irish Open challenge

25th April 2019, 13:55 by James Mason

Ian Poulter says he is happy to be added to the Irish Open field for the July event and is hoping for a strong performance.

Poulter's addition is another boost for the European Tour event at Lahinch, which runs from July 4-7, with Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Willett, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry and Lee Westwood already confirmed.

The world number 26, who finished tied-12th at the Masters earlier this month, is hoping the Irish Open can act as perfect preparation for the Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club, which gets underway on July 18.

"It's been a while and to play a run of tournaments leading up to The Open is going to be great," Poulter was quoted as saying by the Belfast Telegraph. "Lahinch will be a good test, a great links course."

Poulter, who recorded his fifth top-10 finish in 2019 at the RBC Heritage last time out, will be making his first Irish Open appearance south of the border for 13 years.

Tournament host Paul McGinley spoke about his vision for what he wants the event to be, saying: "I've said it from day one, a festival kind of feeling is what I want. The second green goes right up into the middle of the town, 100 yards away from the nearest pub. Everything is walking distance."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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