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Clarke speaks of Irish Open pride

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Clarke speaks of Irish Open pride thumbnailDarren Clarke is Irish Open bound with fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell this July.

DARREN Clarke and Graeme McDowell will add their Major clout to the Northern Irish contingent at this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Both players will bring significant local knowledge to the tournament, which will be the third event of the European Tour's new Rolex Series.
Clarke and McDowell, along with fellow Major Champions Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy and former Irish Open Champion Shane Lowry, will be hoping to continue what has been the most successful period of home dominance in the history of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
With Harrington having lifted the trophy in a famous 2007 campaign, Lowry triumphing as an amateur in 2009 and McIlroy delighting the crowds with victory last year, Clarke and McDowell are the only players among that quintet yet to experience glory at their home open.
McDowell said: "The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is always a special week for me but this year it will be even more so, returning once again to the area where I grew up. Portstewart is a fantastic golf course and it's great to be going back to another classic links. The atmosphere is always something else when the Irish Open comes to Northern Ireland and I'm sure this year will be no different. Winning the Irish Open has always been something I've dreamed of doing and my game is shaping up nicely at the start of this year so hopefully I can put in a strong performance in front of the home fans."

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