Tickets are now available for the 2023 Horizon Irish Open at the K Club.
The DP World Tour event has assumed a new date in the calendar and will be staged from September 7-10 at the County Kildare club – three weeks before the Ryder Cup.
The 2006 Ryder Cup host venue will entertain the cream of European golf for the first time since 2016 when Rory McIlroy delivered a first home winner since Shane Lowry’s triumph as an amateur at County Louth Golf Club in 2009.
Who can forget the four-time major winner’s closing-hole eagle to seal a three-stroke victory over Bradley Dredge and Russell Knox, or his incredible 3-wood approach to the par-5 16th hole; the latter immortalised with a plaque in the middle of the 16th fairway
Earlier this year, Poland’s Adrian Meronk made history by becoming the nation’s first DP World Tour winner, when the 6’ 5” power hitter edged out New Zealand’s Ryan Fox at Mount Juliet in what was the Kiwi’s second runner-up finish at the Irish Open, having been pipped by Scotland’s Russell Knox in a playoff at Ballyliffin in 2018.
For the second year in succession, the event will offer a total prize fund of $6,000,000 – the highest purse on offer for a regular European Tour event outside the Rolex Series in 2023 – with the winner’s share coming in a shade shy of $1 million.
Hopes are high that world number one McIlroy will tee it up on home soil for the event, having opted not to appear at Mount Juliet earlier this year. McIlroy previously hosted the event from 2012-2016, donating his entire winner’s cheque to the Rory Foundation the last time the K Club played host.
Shane Lowry – who’s dubbed the Irish Open ‘the fifth major’ – along with two-time PGA Tour winner Seamus Power are expected to spearhead the home charge, with major winners Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke also likely to be in attendance, as will DP World Tour rookie Tom McKibbin and recent DP World Tour Qualifying School graduates Gary Hurley and John Murphy. And as always, the home line-up will be complete with a host of local talent via the Irish Open Qualifying series.
Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets for 2023 early to avoid disappointment. This year’s Horizon Irish Open saw a 40% increase in ticket sales from 2019 and general admission and premium ticket options for Sunday’s final round sold out five months before the event. Saturday’s event also sold out, as did premium experiences across the full week.
A week of entertainment for the whole family is promised with a mix of music and golf on site at The K Club.
Tickets for individual days, season tickets and premium hospitality packages can be purchased from the DP World Tour’s official website by clicking here.
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