From May to September
Originally scheduled to take place in County Kilkenny from May 28-31, the Irish Open has been postponed to March 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This will be the fourth time in nine years that Northern Ireland has hosted the Irish Open, and the first time it will be played at Galgorm Castle. In 2012, Northern Ireland hosted the Open for the first time in 59 years at the Royal Portrush. The Royal County Down hosted the event for the first time in 2015 as Portstewart in 2017. The tournament has a rich history with winners like Severiano Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie all four winners of three wins.
As the number of top 10 in the event of José María Olazábal, a record
Lowry returns to Northern Irish soil 14 months after this famous victory in search of a second title at the Irish Open. His first victory at the Baltray in 2009 remains memorable. So an amateur, at 22 he defeated the Englishman Robert Rock in the play-off.
A successful course
The Galgorm track has regularly hosted the Northern Irish Open since 2013. This Challenge tournament took place two weeks ago, with the victory of the American Tyler Koivisto.
9 French in Ireland
This week we will find nine French in the field: Joël Stalter, Julien Guerrier, Adrien Saddier, Clément Sordet, Romain Wattel, Damien Perrier, Mathieu Fenasse, Robien Roussel and Antoine Rozner.