Irish Open: Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter to compete at Lahinch

Posted by on April 24, 2019  /   Posted in golf reviews

Poulter was part of Paul McGinley's successful 2014 Ryder Cup team in Gleneagles

Ian Poulter is the newest prominent European Tour player who is committed to participating in the Irish Open in 2019.

Poulter, 43, joins major winners Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Willett and Padraig Harrington in Lahinch in July.

Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood are also part of the field for the tournament, organized by former European captain Paul McGinley.

Former host Rory McIlroy will miss the event this year to prepare for The Open at Royal Portrush two weeks later.

"It is going to be a great tournament where Paul McGinley supports the event," said Poulter

"Paul is a good friend of mine – I have known him for a long time as a friend and of course as a Ryder Cup captain. He is a man I really respect. "

The inclusion of world number 26 means four of the top five in the current European Tour & # 39; s Race to Dubai ranking will participate in the County Clare links course from July 4-7 – along with Shane Lowry, Justin Harding and Oosthuizen.

Poulter, who finished in 12th place at the Masters this month, played in the 2017 Irish Open at Portstewart in Northern Ireland, but his last appearance in the Republic of Ireland was during the tournament of 2006 in Carton House.

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