Paul O'Connell will take part in the Pro-Am. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Munster legend to play in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am

 With just 100 days to go until the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open kicks off at Mount Juliet Estate, Irish rugby legend Paul O’Connell is the first Irish sports star confirmed to take part in the Pro-Am. The Pro-Am will take place on Wednesday, May 27th, ahead of the second Rolex Series event of the 2020 Race to Dubai. The tournament returns to Mount Juliet Estate from May 27th-31st and will be hosted by 2010 US Open winner and Portrush native Graeme McDowell. Paul O’Connell said: “I played in last year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am at Lahinch and everything about it was brilliant. The sun shone all day, my son Paddy caddied for me and my golf wasn’t too bad so I’m delighted to be back again this year. Hopefully this year is a little easier as we don’t have the Atlantic sea breeze to contend with. I’m really looking forward to playing the course at Mount Juliet Estate. I’ve played it a few times previously and it’s just beautiful.” 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry will join host McDowell at Mount Juliet Estate and make his first appearance on home soil since claiming his maiden major title when he competes at this year's Dubai Duty Irish Open. Further player announcements and the rest of the Pro-Am line-up will be announced over the coming weeks. Tickets are available for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open from See footage of Paul O’Connell at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2019 at Lahinch -

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