Jon Rahm will play in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open starting this Thursday, a new event on the European Tour calendar, forming part of the Rolex Series.
The golfer from Barrika will be competing in Ireland for the third year in a row now, a place where he’s received by fans as if he were at home. He won in Portstewart two years ago, and finished fourth last year in Ballyliffin. There is definitely special happening here. “I don’t know how I developed such a great relationship with Ireland, but I feel like I do here when I play in Spain”, he noted once again this week.
Rahm, apart from preparing for the Open Championship held in two weeks on this same Irish terrain, has an ambitious, beautifully crafted goal in mind. If he wins, he would become the golfer with the most wins under his belt in the Rolex Series tournaments. As of now, he’s got two, Ireland and Dubai in 2017, and he’s tied with Justin Rose and Alex Noren, both of whom will not be present this week.
Jon will play on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, alongside Louis Oosthuizen and Matt Wallace. It’s the star game of the first two rounds, the top two golfers in the tournament according to the world rankings.
The DDF Irish Open will be held on the epic Lahinch course, built in 1895 by Old Tom Morris. There are two holes that are still played exactly how they were originally designed and pioneered by the Scottish golf legend. An incredible event with lots of history.