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José Maria Olazábal to tee up at Irish Open

4 June 2012

2012 European Ryder Cup Captain José Maria Olazábal will finally fulfil a mission that has taken an entire golfing career to complete, when he tees up in the Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club later this month.

Olazábal has played in 14 previous Irish Opens, numerous Europeans Opens and a Ryder Cup in Ireland, but he has yet to set eyes on Harry Colt’s spellbinding masterpiece on the Antrim Coast.

And he admitted that Portrush’s most famous resident, Darren Clarke, had been responsible in no small way for his decision to take part in this year’s Irish Open.  

As The European Tour revealed that tickets for Sunday, 1 July are now completely sold out, Olazábal admitted: “Darren did ‘sell’ the course to me. I’ve talked to him in the past about Royal Portrush and he was always telling me about the beautiful location and the fantastic, natural links course. He kept saying: ‘If you ever have the chance – come and play it’.

“Well, when I heard that the Irish Open was going there this year I simply had no choice but to enter the tournament, and I can’t wait to see the place for myself later this month.”

A limited number of tickets still available for the first three rounds on Thursday 28 June, Friday 29 June and Saturday 30 June. Weekly season tickets are no longer on sale.

Hospitality packages are sold out for the first two days, but a limited number are still available on Saturday and Sunday. For further details please visit


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