All eyes will be on Séamus Power, Shane Lowry and Tyrrell Hatton on Thursday morning as the star-studded three-ball gets underway at the Horizon Irish Open.
The pair have already been looking forward to the prospect of playing in front of a full house at Mount Juliet and alongside world number 27 Hatton, they’ll now share the focus of attention for a good chunk of the first two days in Kilkenny.
The event will see Power play in front of his home fans for the first time since becoming a PGA Tour winner. Power, who has been based in the USA since graduating from East Tennessee State University, has only played his home national open on three occasions – making his last appearance in 2019 – but unburdened by status uncertainty this time around, he will hope a narrow focus translates to better results back on home soil.
“I cannot wait to return to the Horizon Irish Open and play in front of the home fans for the first time since my win on the PGA Tour,” said Power, who has signed up as a DP World Tour Member for the 2022 season.
“I have received so much attention and love from home since that win, and during my recent run of good form, so I’m looking forward to showing my gratitude at Mount Juliet in July.
“It’s a tournament which is very close to my heart obviously, and I had an unbelievable experience at Lahinch in 2019. The tournament has grown so much and has become a real festival for the Irish sporting public, so I’m sure it will be no different this year. Hopefully I can put on a good show for the fans.”
Lowry, who famously won the tournament as an amateur at Baltray in 2009, is equally keen to strut his stuff at Mount Juliet having endured a frustrating moving day 74 in 2021 before signing off in style with a 66 for a tied-23rd finish.
“Everyone knows how much I love this tournament and how much I enjoy playing in front of my home fans, and they’re always so supportive of me so I’m excited to play in front of them again,” said Lowry.
“I’ve been really happy with my form over the last few months and my game feels in great shape heading into the summer, so I really hope I can bring my best stuff to Mount Juliet Estate and put myself into contention come Sunday.”
Lowry, Power and Hatton get underway at 8am on Thursday morning while Pádraig Harrington will enjoy much of the home support in the afternoon, still no doubt celebrating his maiden senior Major win on Sunday at the U.S. Senior Open. Harrington tees off alongside Thomas Pieters and Lucas Herbert at 1pm on Thursday.
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