Ballyliffin Golf Club has been confirmed as the host venue of the 2018 The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
It will be the first time that the European Tour stroke-play championship, which is hosted Irish golfer Rory McIlroy’s Rory Foundation, will be staged at the County Donegal links course. The tournament will be played from from 5th to 8th July and will form part of the European Tour’s new Rolex Series.
“I am delighted to announce that the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will be played at Ballyliffin Golf Club next July,” said Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the European Tour. “It is one of the great and historic events on the European Tour, raised to a new level in recent times by the commitment of our title sponsor Dubai Duty Free and by the support of our own Rory McIlroy and his foundation as hosts.”
John Farren, general manager at Ballyliffin Golf Club, added: “Ballyliffin is delighted to have been selected as the host venue for the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, especially now that it is part of the Rolex Series.
“This is an incredible vote of confidence by the European Tour and their partners and will be a huge opportunity for us to showcase Ballyliffin, Donegal and Derry on the world stage.
2017 Irish Open was played last weekend at Portstewart Golf Club and was won by 22-year old prodigy Jon Rahm. The Spaniard claimed his maiden European Tour title by six-shots from nearest rivals Richie Ramsay of Scotland and Englishman Matt Southgatem, who shared second place on 18 under.