Rory McIlroy: “I’m really excited to get back”

Irish golf fans will have the opportunity to witness a homecoming like no other when Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell all compete for their national title at the 2021 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, from July 1-4.

A limited number of tickets for the return of the Major-winning quartet will go on sale on Thursday June 10, with a percentage of tickets donated to key frontline workers in recognition of their dedicated work throughout the pandemic.

Fans who purchased tickets for the 2020 edition but could not attend due to Covid-19 restrictions, as well as those who have pre-registered their interest in tickets, will be given an exclusive three-hour priority access window to purchase tickets from 2pm (BST) on Thursday June 10. Remaining tickets will then go on general sale from 5pm (BST).

Mount Juliet Estate will provide the stunning backdrop to the 2021 edition of the island of Ireland’s national open, where World Number Ten McIlroy will return to action in his home national open having played a central role in its recent success as tournament host from 2015-2018.

The four-time Major winner’s time as host culminated in the Northern Irishman lifting the famous trophy for the first time in his career with a three-stroke triumph in 2016.

The 32-year-old recently returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in 18 months on the PGA TOUR, winning the Wells Fargo Championship for the third time in his career in May.

Rory McIlroy, statements

“I am really excited to get back and play the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open,” said McIlroy. “I have so many incredible memories of this event down the years, not least my victory in 2016, and I think it is going to be a pretty special week this July with the fans returning. I’m really excited to play in front of them again.”