Northern Irishman follows Paul McGinley, Rory McIlroy as recent hosts
Agreed: By Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, to serve as tournament host for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in 2020 and 2021, organizers announced. The move continues a trend of golfers from Ireland and Northern Ireland hosting the European Tour’s annual visit to the Emerald Isle. Ireland’s Paul McGinley hosted the 2019 Irish Open, and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy served as host in 2015-18, reviving the fortunes of the once-struggling event. The 2020 Irish Open, which will feature a $7 million purse and be part of the added-value Rolex Series on the European Tour schedule, will be played May 28-31 at Mount Juliet in Kilkenny, Ireland. The 2021 venue has not been announced. McDowell, 40, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, has won four times on the PGA Tour and added nine more titles on the European Tour.