On the tee: Irish Open draw revealed

25/06/2013 15:47:00
Carton House  (Getty Images)
Carton House (Getty Images)

The biggest names in Irish golf will play together in the opening two rounds as part of a draw that is sure to attract large crowds to Carton House.

World Number Two Rory McIlroy will get his quest for a maiden Irish Open title underway at 7.50am from the tenth tee alongside his good friend, and Carton House resident, Shane Lowry as well as Thomas Björn, who won this event in 2006 – the last time it was held at the Maynooth venue.

Other Irish interest will also come from The 2014 Ryder Cup Captain, Paul McGinley, who tees off 20 minutes later alongside the recent Nordea Masters Champion Mikko Ilonen and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic winner Stephen Gallacher.

In the afternoon, defending champion Jamie Donaldson is sure to draw a large crowd from the tenth tee alongside his all-Irish playing partners Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, just moments before Darren Clarke tees off with Francesco Molinari and the 2010 Irish Open Champion Ross Fisher for company.

Other notables include Brandon Stone, who marked his professional debut at last week’s BMW International Open with a tie for tenth in Munich. The young South African will tee it up alongside Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and Matthew Baldwin at 2pm from the tenth.

Welsh amateur Rhys Pugh, who received a sponsor’s invitation courtesy of his European Amateur Championship victory at Carton House last August, starts his second European Tour appearance alongside Robert Coles and Scott Henry at 9.30am from the tenth.

To see the full draw, please click here.