Anticipation builds as KPMG Women’s Irish Open draws near

Mark McGowan

Women's Irish Open

We’re just four weeks away from the KPMG Women’s Irish Open, held at Clare’s Dromoland Castle, which gets underway on August 31.

An inarguable success when the event, last held in 2012, returned to the Ladies European Tour schedule in 2022, this year’s staging promises to eclipse the 2022 championship that saw Klara Spilková from the Czech Republic, overcome Ursula Wikström and Nicole Broch Estrup in a nail-biting playoff on Sunday.

Leona Maguire, now a two-time LPGA Tour winner and a regular feature on the first page of major leaderboards, made a surging charge on the weekend last year and buoyed by the legions of vocal supporters, almost made it a fairytale return by securing victory on home soil.


Maguire is back once again to spearhead the Irish challenge but won’t have a monopoly on the Irish support. Amateur Aine Donegan, fresh off her incredible run at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach, is sure to attract lots of attention and the local girl, whose charismatic nature saw her take part in a walk-and-talk whilst playing the ninth hole of the iconic Monterey golf course during the second round, is a natural performer with the talent to back it up.

Other Irish set to attend are LET star Olivia Mehaffey, leading Irish amateurs Beth Coulter and Emma Fleming, and several other as yet to be declared invitees.

Dame Laura Davies, four-time major winner and current Sky Sports golf analyst will also tee it up, as will Maguire’s fellow Solheim Cup teammate and big-hitter Anne Van Dam, current Race to Costa del Sol leader Ana Palaez Trivino and, of course, defending champion Spilková.

With just three weeks separating the Women’s Irish Open and the Solheim Cup, it’s hoped plenty more European stars will use the Dromoland date in order to catch Captain Suzann Pettersen’s attention as Europe look to defend their title as Finca Cortesin in Spain.

A fun day for all the family is guaranteed at one of the most beautiful settings and one of the finest parkland golf courses in the country.

Tickets to see the stars of the Ladies European Tour at the KPMG Women’s Irish Open are now on sale HERE with under-16s gaining free entry.

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