Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Lahinch GC, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Ireland 04 Jul 2019 - 07 Jul 2019
Tuesday, 02 July 2019
Paul McGinley  (Getty Images)
Paul McGinley (Getty Images)

Tournament host Paul McGinley is delighted with how Lahinch Golf Club is looking ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The four-time European Tour winner and Ryder Cup winning Captain is overseeing this week's event and has attempted to give the players the ideal preparation for the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in two weeks.

And the 52-year-old is feeling content with how those plans have been executed so far.

"I'm a great believer in preparation and with The Open Championship in Northern Ireland in Portrush in a couple of weeks time, straightaway I always wanted to have a similar setup here," he said.

"Obviously we're not copying exactly everything because of the different designs of the holes. But we have information on the greens speeds and we have information on the rough heights, the fairway widths, the run-off areas.

"And the players who come here will feel really well prepared to win a major championship in a few weeks' time. That's the plan."

McGinley is also thrilled with the impressive ticket sales, especially with the Open Championship being held in Northern Ireland for the first time in the same month.

He added: "We're well on our way to having sellout crowds for the weekend which is unbelievable really considering the Open is also going to be on here in a few weeks' time in this country of ours. We can sell out, hopefully, two golf tournaments in the space of three weeks."

McGinley will not be playing this week but he has not given up hope of playing in an Irish Open in the future.

It's a great golf course. And if we get the ten to 15 under par I'll be absolutely thrilled. - Paul McGinley

"I still love to play golf more than anything," he said. "And hopefully I'll get a chance to play some more Irish golf. I'm certainly not ruling it out, that's for sure."

Those that are playing this week have their sights on winning the second of eight Rolex Series events in the 2019 Race to Dubai.

"I don't think there's any one player in the field that you could rule out that wouldn't have the game to play this golf course," McGinley said.

"It's not a big course, just over 7,000 yards long. But when you make it a par 70, that makes it a long golf course at par 70. And like any links course, it relies on the wind. It's built for the wind.

"(The players) love it. They love the condition of it. They can't believe how good the condition of the golf course is.

"I don't want to make it too difficult. I'd love to have a winning score here, ten to 15 under par. That to me would be a tremendous week. It's a great golf course. And if we get the ten to 15 under par I'll be absolutely thrilled."

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