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Ryder Cup stars to tee-off in Ballyliffin 29.05.18

A HOST of European Ryder Cup stars of 2016 are on their way to Ballyliffin as the countdown begins in earnest to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Rafa Cabrera Bello will join English trio Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood and Danny Willett who have all confirmed their participation in the prestigious Rolex Series event.
World Number 24 Cabrera Bello (33) has a strong record on Irish soil having come close to victory in 2012 when he claimed a share of second place at Royal Portrush Golf Club.
The Canary Islands native, who also has two other top fives and an additional top ten to his name in the island of Ireland’s national Open, will be looking to make it two Spanish victories in successive years. Fellow countryman and world number four Jon Rahm will defend the title at Ballyliffin Golf Club from July 5-8.
“I am really looking forward to returning to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and playing in front of the Irish crowds again,” said Cabrera Bello. “It is a tournament which has been very good to me through the years and I love links golf.
“I have never played Ballyliffin but it looks like we are in for a treat in Donegal. I have had some good results on the European Tour this season so far, but I know I can play well and win on links courses so I’m confident of making that count and hopefully contending for the title in Ireland.”
Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick, who has one top ten to his name at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, said: “I love playing in Ireland and I’m a huge fan of links golf so I’m looking forward to returning to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open again. The fans are always extremely knowledgeable and supportive and that’s one of the main reasons why I love playing that event every year.”
Three-time European Tour winner Wood added: “Unfortunately I missed the event last year, but the links golf combined with the big Irish crowds always makes it a special event on the calendar and it should be a great week at Ballyliffin.”
2016 Masters Champion Willets said: “I’m really looking forward to playing at Ballyliffin this year. I’ve managed to play pretty well at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, although I was forced to retire last year due to the injury I was struggling with at the time. I’m now working hard on getting my game back to where it should be and hopefully I can hit some form at the right time in the summer.”
Tickets for the event are on sale at www.europeantour.com and begin at €20 for Pro-Am Wednesday, with tickets for Thursday and Friday costing €32 and day tickets for the weekend costing €34 each. An adult season souvenir ticket, which covers five days of world class golf from Wednesday to Sunday, costs €110.
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