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Friday, 19 March 2010

Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell will join Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley in a strong Irish contingent competing in the Quinn Direct British Masters at The De Vere Belfry.

Harrington, ranked 24 in the world, and McDowell, 72nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, have announced their entry for the first European Tour event of the season to be played on British soil.

“I’m really looking forward to the tournament,” said Harrington. “The competition is tough, but I am playing my way into some pretty good form this season , so I  hope have a good week at  The De Vere Belfry.”

Andrew “Chubby” Chandler, Managing Director of promoters International Sports Management, said:  “I’m delighted that Padraig has entered in this year’s event.  The strength of the Irish deputation demonstrates that the tournament is held in high esteem and that top golfers are keen to return to The De Vere Belfry and compete in the first British event of The European Tour.“

Also announcing his participation is Northern Ireland rising star, McDowell.  The 27 year old, who finished 16th at last year’s event, hopes to improve on last year’s result:  “I’m working hard on my game and relish the challenge that lies ahead - it promises to be an exciting tournament.”

The Quinn Direct British Masters will take place from May 11-14 at The De Vere Belfry at Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, host to The Ryder Cup on four occasions.  This event will see the return of top level European Tour golf to the venue along with many of its biggest stars.

Tickets can be booked by calling 01782 741956 or visiting www.quinndirectbritishmasters.com.  Those wishing to pre-book season tickets will receive a free event branded cap, and day tickets can be pre-booked with an amazing 25% discount.  To purchase event corporate hospitality packages at The Quinn Direct British Masters please call + 44 1565 832121.

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