Rickie Fowler to play in Irish Open at Royal County Down

American star golfer, Rickie Fowler has announced his participation for the Irish open at Royal County Down next year in May. Fowler who managed top-five finishes in all four majors this year, is a friend of world number one and Co Down man Rory Mcllroy. Their friendship was sparked off when they both played at the venue in the Walker Cup in 2007.

“I really look forward to him joining me at Royal County Down, one of the world’s finest links.” said Mcllroy. Fowler was piped to the open and USPGA titles this year by Mcllroy and overcame the American in the Ryder Cup singles in September. “I am delighted that Rickie has decided to add Irish open to his schedule next year.” said Mcllroy.

“It could be great if we could both be in contention towards the end, just like in the majors this year. “I think Rickie’s decision to play also demonstrates the international appeal for Ireland’s top courses and confirms why we are keen for the Irish Open to showcase them.” Fowler was the foremost person Mcllroy approached to enlist for the event following an announcement that his charitable foundation, the Rory Foundation, is set to become the official tournament host from 2015.

“When Rory told me the Irish Open was going to Royal County Down I was really keen to play because of the special memories we have there, and also because it is such a good course, “said Fowler.

Fowler added that he was amazed by the way players from that Walker Cup had progressed to achieve in the years since they played there.


 

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