Ireland’s most decorated golfer, Padraig Harrington, has welcomed the return of the Irish Open to the corner of Ireland he calls home next summer.
The three-time Major Champion, enjoying a well-deserved winter break with his family before embarking on his 2013 campaign, took time out last night ahead of the annual Excellence in Sport Awards ceremony in Dublin to wish the tournament promoters, sponsors and venue – Carton House – good luck for next year’s event to be held from June 27-30.
Harrington, who captured the title in 2007ahead of his breakthrough Major victory that year in The Open Championship at Carnoustie, is relishing the resumption of world class professional golf in his own backyard after an absence of six years.
Advance tickets for the 2013 tournament, to be played over the par-72 Montgomerie Course at Carton House near Maynooth, Co. Kildare, are now on sale and Harrington is confident that the Irish Open’s return to the greater Dublin area will coincide with a huge demand to see the world’s best players in action.
As part of the Irish Open ticket campaign, fans of golf and horse racing can enjoy both sports on the same day – Saturday, June 29 – by purchasing a specially priced ‘Irish Double’ ticket to enjoy the third round of the Irish Open and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day for a combined price of €50.
With the Irish Derby being held on the Saturday evening, the cross ticket promotion offers sports enthusiasts a superb day of live sport . Antonia Beggs, the Irish Open Championship Director, said: “We engaged in a successful collaboration with The Curragh during The Ryder Cup in 2006 when a special raceday was held for the wives of the European and United States Teams. Consequently, we got together with The Curragh to try to create an unforgettable sporting weekend combining world class golf and world class horse racing.”
Meanwhile, golf fans can now purchase tickets to what promises to be another thrilling Irish Open at discounted prices before the New Year.