Three-time Major Champion Pádraig Harrington is relishing the chance to return to The K Club when the Horizon Irish Open returns to the Co. Kildare venue, from September 6-10.
The 51-year-old is set to make his 28th consecutive appearance in the island of Ireland’s national open, which he won at Adare Manor in 2007, the first success by an Irishman since John O’Leary 25 years prior and two months before winning his first Major Championship, claiming the Claret Jug at Carnoustie.
He will join four-time Major Champion Rory McIlroy, 2019 Open Championship winner Shane Lowry, six-time DP World Tour champion Tyrrell Hatton and two-time PGA TOUR winner Séamus Power in the field when the Horizon Irish Open returns to The K Club for the first time since 2016.
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“I’m really excited to return to The K Club for the Horizon Irish Open,” said Harrington, who is also a Horizon ambassador. “When looking at my schedule for the year, this is always one of the first events I circle. It has been an important part of my career for nearly three decades and playing in front of the home crowds is always one of the highlights of the year.
“I’m feeling really good about where my game is at the moment – there have been a lot of positives already this year that I can take into the rest of the season and I’m looking forward to getting back on home soil in September. I’d love the chance to win the title again, so I’ll be giving it my all to be in the mix on Sunday afternoon.”
Tim Walbert, Horizon Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to see Horizon ambassador Padraig Harrington return to the Horizon Irish Open this September. With the countdown to the 2023 tournament well underway, we are looking forward to watching Pádraig compete at the highest level at the K Club, and are sure that this year’s competition will continue to inspire the next generation of golfers to reach for greatness.”
Horizon came on board as Title Partner of the Irish Open in 2022, with the global biotechnology company agreeing a six-year partnership engineered through the Strategic Alliance between the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR.
The K Club will host the Irish Open in 2023, 2025 and 2027 as part of a multi-year agreement which will also see the European Challenge Tour’s Irish Challenge held there in the intervening years. The 2006 Ryder Cup venue last hosted the event in 2016 when Rory McIlroy claimed his first professional title on Irish soil, winning by three strokes. The venue is synonymous with championship golf in Ireland, also hosting 13 European Opens from 1995 to 2007.
History was made at the Horizon Irish Open in 2022 when Adrian Meronk became the first winner on the DP World Tour from Poland. The 30-year-old triumphed by three strokes at Mount Juliet Estate as he joined a roll of honour that includes, in addition to Harrington and McIlroy, Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, José María Olazábal and Jon Rahm.
A festival of golf, music and entertainment is in store this September with Scouting for Girls and The Stunning also set to headline the main stage at the popular tournament. Scouting for Girls will take to the main stage on Saturday September 9, with The Stunning bringing the tournament to a close on Sunday September 10. The two bands will perform after the final putt has dropped each day.
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