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Irish Open Day 4: Leaderboard, scores, tee off times and course guide

Updates and course guide as Rory McIlroy, Masters winner Danny Willett and Darren Clarke face off at the K Club

Round four of the 2016 Irish Open tees-off at the K Club on Sunday, May 22.

HOLYWOOD man Rory McIlroy is leading the 2016 Irish Open on the fourth day of the competition.

McIlroy is leading Masters champion Danny Willett by three shots after finishing his weather-hit third round of the Irish Open on nine under par.

Both players completed the final three holes of their rounds in level par early on Sunday morning.

Play was suspended twice on Saturday because of a risk of lightning and thunderstorms and was finally called off at 8.30pm.

McIlroy is chasing his first Irish Open win and a first victory of the season.

The world number three has secured six top-10 finishes so far this season, but is now in pole position for the £515,000 first prize at his home tournament, which is supported by his charity, The Rory Foundation.

Trailing by one shot after day two, the Northern Irishman found himself at the head of the field after birdieing the fourth, as overnight leaders Willett and Marc Warren both faltered.

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On Saturday Marc Warren, Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy were the top performers at the K Club.

Money - £515,000 for the winner - is up for grabs this weekend. Ryder Cup and Race To Dubai points are on the table. Pride also comes into the equa­tion, as McIlroy and Willett vie for the No.1 spot in Europe.

Each of these marquee players in this tournament has something the other covets.

Willett beat McIlroy to the Mas­ters Green Jacket, the only Major the Holywood man has yet to win, while the Sheffield-born pride of Yorkshire sets a hot pace in pursuit of McIlroy's order of merit crown.

This is not quite a grudge match yet, but with Warren and Willett leading the Irish Open at eight under after 36 holes, and the tournament host a shot behind them, the intensity is ramping up.

McIlroy, who carded 70 yesterday, and Willett are eyeing each other up as we get into 'moving day'.

The four-time Major winner said: "I don't need any extra incentive. We had a great battle for the Race To Dubai last year. I want to beat him to that again this year, and he's got a big lead on me. I need to take advantage of tournaments like this which are big enough prize funds.

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke watches his tee shot on the second hole during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke watches his tee shot on the second hole during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
England's Andy Sullivan (left) shares a joke with Northern Ireland's Roy McIlroy on the 4th tee during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. Brian Lawless/PA
Northern Ireland's Roy McIlroy is all smiles on the 4th tee during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Fans greet Northern Ireland's Roy McIlroy as he makes his way to the 2nd tee during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Fans greet Northern Ireland's Roy McIlroy as he makes his way to the 2nd tee during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Roy McIlroy putts on the 3rd green during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Joost Luiten of the Netherlands lines up on the 15th green during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen on the 3rd tee during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Ross Fisher of England teesoff on the 16th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Roy McIlroy indicates a wayward tee shot on the 2nd during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen on the 2nd tee during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
England's Andy Sullivan on the 2nd tee during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland walks with an umbrella on the 13th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland waits with caddie Dermot Byrne on the 13th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Joost Luiten of the Netherlands checks his yardage on the 16th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 3rd shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Padraig Harrington of Ireland lines up on the 14th green during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Ross Fisher of England celebrates a birdie on the 14th green during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland walks down the 12th hole with his umbrella during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark tees off on the 12th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark chats with Martin Kaymer of Gemany (L) on the 12th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Scott Hend of Australia hits his 2nd shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Tommy Fleetwood of England hits his 2nd shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Matthew Fitzpatrick of England hits his 2nd shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Martin Kaymer of Germany hits his 2nd shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Johan Carlsson of Sweden tees off on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium tees off on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke watches his tee shot on the second hole during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium tees off on the 14th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark smiles on the 11th hole with his caddie during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Tyrrell Hatton of England looks down the 14th hole with his caddie during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Wales' Jamie Donaldson on the second tee during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey watches his show go wide off the tee on the second hole during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Scotland's Marc Warren putting on the fourth hole during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Scotland's Marc Warren tees off on the second hole during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey acknowledges the crowd on the fourth green during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Paul McGinley of Ireland checks the lie of his ball on the12th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Paul McGinley of Ireland checks the lie of his ball on the12th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Paul McGinley of Ireland checks the lie of his ball on the12th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Martin Kaymer of Germany hits his 3rd shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark looks down the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark hits an approach on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark looks down the 10th hole with his caddie during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Matthew Fitzpatrick of England walks with an umbrella on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Matthew Fitzpatrick of England hits his 3rd shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Matthew Fitzpatrick of England hits his 3rd shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria tees off on the 13th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria lines up on the 12th green during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain tees off on the 18th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Brandon Stone of South Africa putts on the 17th green during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: David Drysdale of Scotland hits his 2nd shot on th 9th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: David Drysdale of Scotland hits his 2nd shot on th 9th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Hao Tong Li of China tees off on the 18th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Hao Tong Li of China reacts on the 17th green during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Tyrrell Hatton of England tees off during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Joost Luiten of the Netherlands tees off on the 16th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Victor Dubuisson of France hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Ross Fisher of England hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Ross Fisher of England hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Andrew Johnston of England tees off on the 17th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: David Lingmerth of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Paul Lawrie of Scotland hits his 3rd shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Paul Lawrie of Scotland hits his 2nd shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Russell Knox of Scotland hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Paul Lawrie of Scotland tees off on the 16th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Victor Dubuisson of France hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Andrew Johnston of England tees off on the 16th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Andrew Johnston of England tees off on the 16th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Paul Lawrie of Scotland tees off on the 16th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland tees off on the 16th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland wears a black ribbon on his cap as a mark of respect for the late Christy O'Connor Snr during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland wears a black ribbon on his cap as a mark of respect for the late Christy O'Connor Snr during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts to a missed putt on the 15th green during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts to a missed putt on the 15th green during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts to a missed putt on the 15th green during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Shane Lowry of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand hits his 3rd shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand hits his 3rd shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 19: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand hits his 3rd shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 19, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
England's Matt Ford tees off on the 18th during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez tees off 18th during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
China's Li Haotong tees off on the 18th during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Scotland's Paul Lawrie plays his second shot on the 17th during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
England's Andrew Johnston plays out of the rough on the 17th during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Scotland's Paul Lawrie plays his second shot on the 17th during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
England's Andrew Johnston plays out of the rough on the 17th during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Shane Lowry plays his second shot on the 16th during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Ireland's Shane Lowry reacts to his putt on the 15th green during day one of the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
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STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England is seen with his coach Mike Walker during the Pro Am prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Ken Herring, caddie to Marc Warren, and a Leicester City fan poses with a Filbert The Fox Leicester City headcover during the Pro Am prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Ken Herring, caddie to Marc Warren, and a Leicester City fan poses with a Filbert The Fox Leicester City headcover during the Pro Am prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England in action during the Pro Am prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: A Filbert The Fox Leicester City headcover is seen on Marc Warren's driver during the Pro Am prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England in action during the Pro Am prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Marc Warren of Scotland larks about with a Filbert The Fox Leicester City headcover during the Pro Am prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Marc Warren of Scotland larks about with a Filbert The Fox Leicester City headcover during the Pro Am prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Paul McGinley of Ireland during the pro-am event prior to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland during the pro-am event prior to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Gerry McIlroy, the father of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in action during the pro-am event prior to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Gerry McIlroy, the father of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in action during the pro-am event prior to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Lee Westwood of England chats with K-Club owner Dr Michael Smurfit during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Lee Westwood of England signs autographs during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Shane Lowry of Ireland hits an approach shot during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Shane Lowry of Ireland signs autographs during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Shane Lowry of Ireland hits an approach shot during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Shane Lowry of Ireland signs autographs during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Shane Lowry of Ireland hits an approach shot during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Shane Lowry of Ireland hits an approach shot during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Shane Lowry of Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Shane Lowry of Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Shane Lowry of Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Shane Lowry of Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Lee Westwood of England gestures during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Lee Westwood of England tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Lee Westwood of England looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Lee Westwood of England looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Lee Westwood of England hits an approach shot during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Lee Westwood of England hits an approach shot during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Lee Westwood of England smiles during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Lee Westwood of England tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction, Gerry McIlroy, the father of Rory McIlroy and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand walk to the 5th green during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction watches his tee shot on the 6th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland looks on with his caddie during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark chats with his caddie during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England looks down the 8th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England looks down the 8th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England looks down the 8th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 8th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England walks down the 8th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 10th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England is mobbed by autograph hunters during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England is mobbed by autograph hunters during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England is mobbed by autograph hunters during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England is mobbed by autograph hunters during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Gerry McIlroy, the father of Rory McIlroy tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Gerry McIlroy, the father of Rory McIlroy catches his ball during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction looks on with Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction watches his tee shot on the 6th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction celebrates with Mark McDonnell of Modest! Management during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction celebrates with his Manager Mark McDonnell during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction chats with Gerry McIlroy, the father of Rory McIlroy and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction in action during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Gerry McIlroy, the father of Rory McIlroy chats to Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction in action during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction in action during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Gerry McIlroy, the father of Rory McIlroy chips during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Gerry McIlroy, the father of Rory McIlroy chips during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction reacts to his putt on the 4th green watched by two girls during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction reacts to his putt on the 4th green watched by two girls during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Dermot Desmond and JP McManus (R) look on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland talks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 3rd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 1st tee during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: (L-R) Jockey Ruby Walsh poses with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: JP McManus tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

"There's incentive enough there, no matter if he's the Masters champion or not. I need to have a good weekend to try and catch up on him."

Willett also deflected a question about the likelihood of a shoot-out with the World No.3.

"It would be good fun regardless who you're up against. Warren is a fantastic player, and obviously Rory is there, as well," said Willett after a 71. "If I can be somewhere there or thereabouts come Sunday, that would be great."

Warren's 66, after an opening 70, was the round of the day. The Scot, 35, has won three times on Tour since turning pro in 2002, and has missed the cut six times in his nine European Tour events so far this season.

Weather predictions proved accurate, with the rain rolling in yesterday after the morning stayed dry. No com­plaints there from the pace-setters, especially McIlroy.

"I just about remembered my wet gear whenever I was packing in Florida to go to The Players and then over here. It's the Irish Open. It's in May," he said. "The weather can be very change­able over here at this time of year. I knew it was a possibility.

One Direction's Niall Horan practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
One Direction's Niall Horan practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
ONe Direction's Niall Horan practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Victor Dubuisson of France hits an approach shot on the 11th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark hits from a bunker on the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Rugby player Keith Wood of Ireland in action during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Stephen Gallacher of Scotland tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Stephen Gallacher of Scotland tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria checks a yardage with his caddie during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain reacts during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain smiles during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Peter Lawrie of Ireland tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Rugby player Brian O'Driscoll tees off on the 14th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Amateur Tom McKibbin of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot watched by former snooker player Dennis Taylor during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Amateur Tom McKibbin of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden looks on with his caddie during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden tees off on the 10th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits from a bunker on the 12th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits from a bunker on the 12th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former snooker player Dennis Taylor tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Adrian Otaegui of Spain hits from a bunker on the practice ground during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 13th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: James Morrison of England tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland smiles on the practice ground during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Anthony Wall of England tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China reacts during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China hits an iron shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China hits an iron shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China walks in the rain with his umbrella during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China hits an iron shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China walks in the rain with his umbrella during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Russell Knox of Scotland in action during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Russell Knox of Scotland in action during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Detail of the golfer Weather Vane on the Clubhouse roof during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany smiles during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany walks with his caddie Craig Connelly during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany walks with his caddie Craig Connelly during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland jogs during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Russell Knox of Scotland tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England lines up with his caddie on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Andrew Johnson of England tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a drive on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a ball during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a ball during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Detail of the golf bag of Ryder Cup European Captain Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks at his Player's Player of the Year award at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour speaks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour speaks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour speaks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour presents Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with his Player's Player of the Year award at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour presents Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with his Player's Player of the Year award at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland laughs on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Jockey AP McCoy chats to Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Jockey AP McCoy tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Jockey AP McCoy looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 1st tee during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: JP McManus tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 1st tee during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: (L-R) Jockey Ruby Walsh poses with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 1st tee during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 3rd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland talks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Dermot Desmond and JP McManus (R) look on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

"I got lucky with the draw. I took advantage, which was nice, and it's an even playing field over the next few days.

"I feel like I'm prepared to play in whatever comes our way."

The key for McIlroy now is to cut out the few little errors which have trimmed the edge off an otherwise all-round very solid performance.

Course map
Course map

The huge roar which hailed his 12-foot birdie putt on the ninth, McIlroy's 18th, contrasted with the collective "ooooh" of disappointment from the gallery on the par-3 third, his 12th, when he dragged a four footer outside the cup for a wasteful bogey.

"I was trying to stay as patient as possible, and I think I was rewarded with the putt on the last," he added. "I made six birdies today and six birdies yesterday. I just made a few too many bogeys today, that's why the score is a little higher.

"I played well. I drove the ball well again, I hit a lot of good iron and wedge shots.

"It's just that whenever I missed a couple of greens, I didn't get it up and down.

"There's a couple of soft bogeys in there. I want to try and make sure I don't do that over the weekend, but I know I'm making enough birdies to win this tournament."

Irish Open history

Shane Lowry’s victory as an amateur in 2009 came on his European Tour debut. He was the first player to achieve this feat since Ben Curtis at The Open Championship in 2003. A total of 14 Major Champions have triumphed in the event, including Sir Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, José María Olazábal and, most recently, Padraig Harrington. Sergio Garcia became the youngest winner of the Irish Open in 1999, winning the title at Druids Glen at just 19 years and 176 days old.

Hole 1
Hole 1
Hole 2
Hole 3
Hole 4
Hole 5
Hole 6
Hole 7
Hole 8.
Hole 9
Hole 10
Hole 11
Hole 12
Hole 13
Hole 14
Hole 15
Hole 16
Hole 17
Hole 18
The Irish Open K Club course.
Course map

The 11 former winners teeing off at The K Club include Jamie Donaldson, Thomas Bjørn and Lowry, the last Irishman to win this tournament seven years ago.

Friday tee off times

1st tee

7.30: C Shinkwin (Eng), M Kieffer (Ger), R Wattel (Fra)

7.40: R Bland (Eng), R Dinwinnie (Eng), P Meesawat (Thai)

7.50: A Noren (Swe), A Canizares (Esp), R Ramsay (Sco)

8.00: E Pepperell (Eng), S Dodd (Wal), G Stal (Fra)

8.10: M Lorenzo Vera (Fra), A Otaehui (Esp), F Aguilar (Chi)

8.20: N Fasth (Swe), J Hugo (RSA), P Edberg (Swe)

8.30: B Hebert (Fra), J Hansen (Dnk), G Moynihan

8.40: S Webster (Eng), G Hurley, R McGowan (Eng)

8.50: A Wu (Chn), S Hansen (Dnk), T Fisher (RSA)

9.0: R McGee, C Lee (Scot), K Phelan

9.10: G Boyd (Eng), M Madsen (Dnk), R Davies (Wal)

9.20: D Brooks (Eng), D Im (USA), J Campillo (Esp)

9.30: J Fahbring (Swe), JR Galbraith (Am), R Sterne (RSA)

10th tee

7.35: D Lipsky (USA), N Holman (Aus), J Quesne (Fra)

7.45: E Espana (Fra), P Dunne, G Bourdy (Fra)

7.55: M Warren (Sco), J Van Zyl (RSA), M Hoey (Irl)

8.05: J Donaldson (Wal), M Fraser (Aus), S Lee (Kor)

8.15: K Broberg (Swe), C Wood (Eng), D Clarke (Irl)

8.25: A Sullivan (Eng), S Kjeldsen (Dnk), R McIlroy (Irl)

8.35: L Westwood (Eng), D Willett (Eng), R Cabrera Bello (Esp)

8.45: G McDowell, T Olesen (Dnk), T Pieters (Bel)

8.55: S Gallacher (Sco), R Karlsson (Swe), J Morrison (Eng)

9.05: H Porteus (RSA), A Dodt (Aus), A Quiros (Esp)

9.15: L Bjerregaard (Dnk), R Karlberg (Swe), B Rumford (Aus)

9.25: B Evans (Eng), M Baldwin (Eng), R Gouveia (Por)

9.35: N O’Briain, R Green (Aus), D Mooney

1st tee

12.35: R Evans (Eng), S Jamieson (Sco), G Havret (Fra)

12.45: T Hatton (Eng), J Carlsson (Swe), N Colsaerts (Bel)

12.55: P McGinley, S Hend (Aus), T Fleetwood (Eng)

1.05: R Fisher (Eng), P Harrington, V Dubuisson (Fra)

1.15: T Jaidee (Tha), R Knox (Sco), J Luiten (Nld)

1.25: M Fitzpatrick (Eng), T Bjorn (Dnk), M Kaymer (Ger)

1.35: S Lowry, J Wang (Kor), B Wiesberger (Ger)

1.45: A Johnston (Eng), D Lingmerth (Swe), Paul Lawrie (Sco)

1.55: L Haotong (Chn), MA Jiminez (Esp), B Stone (RSA)

2.05: E Brady, M Ford (Eng), E Goya (Arg)

2.15: L Slattery (Eng), F Zanotti (Par), A Levy (Fra)

2.25: D Higgins, M Carlsson (Swe), B Akesson (Swe)

2.35: J McCleary (Sco), B McGovern, J Winther (Dnk)

10th tee

12.30: B Dredge (Wal), R Kakko (Fin), YE Yang (Kor)

12.40: O Wilson (Eng), M Manassero (Ita), M Siem (Ger)

12.50: A Wall (Eng), G Coetzee (RSA), SSP Chawrasia (Ind)

1.0: R Jacquelin (Fra), R Paratore (Ita), R Rock (Eng)

1.10: S Gros (Fra), C Campbell (Am), O Fisher (Eng)

1.20: P Larrazabal (Esp) Jin Jeong (Kor), H Otto (RSA)

1.30: P Hanson (Swe), C Paisley (Eng), S Benson (Eng)

1.40: S Khan (Eng), M Southgate (Eng), M Ilonen (Fin)

1.50: Peter Lawrie, D Drysdale (Sco), J Busby (Eng)

2.0: J Lagergren (Swe), A McArthur (Sco), E De La Riva (Esp)

2.10: T Linard (Fra), N Elvira (Esp), G Storm (Eng)

2.20: M Korhonen (Fin), B Virto Astudillo (Esp), C Moriarty

2.30: D Fichardt (RSA), U Van den Berg (RSA), J Hume (Am)

The K Club

The K Club previously hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup, where Ian Woosnam memorably led Europe to a record-equalling 18½-9½ victory over the United States and 25 years since it opened. The K Club previously hosted the European Open from 1995 to 2007, a tournament which boasted an illustrious list of winners including Major Champions Michael Campbell, Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen and Bernhard Langer, alongside former European Tour Number Ones Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.

The K Club’s Arnold Palmer-designed course is a beast at nearly 7,350 yards and is a true test of risk and reward golf as the field will have to contend with the River Liffey, which is a feature on a number of holes, and swirling winds.

The course was opened in 1991 and, in the build-up to Europe’s famous Ryder Cup win ten years ago, Paul McGinley said that ‘the course has matured with age, much like a fine wine’.

Getting there:

A complimentary bus service between Maynooth Train Station and The K Club will operate throughout the tournament.

The complimentary service will meet passengers arriving on trains from Dublin Connolly from 06.50am to 1.30am and transport them to the event, returning every half hour from The K Club to Maynooth Station from 3pm to 6pm.

Spectators arriving at Maynooth Station should follow the directional signage to board the buses which will be waiting on the R406 near the station entrance.  Spectators returning to Maynooth Station from the K Club should return to the South Entrance Bus Stop at The K Club.

It's set to be wet and spectators have been advised to prepare for typical Irish weather.

Spectator guide:

Gates open 7am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They close at 7pm on Wednesday and 8.30pm on Thursday and Friday. Over the weekend gates open at 7.30am closing 8.30pm on Saturday and 8pm Sunday.

Cameras are permitted ONLY on Practice Days – Wednesday. Cameras are NOT permitted on Match Days – Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Although mobile phones are permitted on all five days of the event, the use of the camera facility is as per the above.

Mobile Phones

Spectators are prohibited from using mobile phones whilst on the golf course. Mobile Phones can only be used in The Championship Village. Mobile Phone Zones will be signposted accordingly.

Mobile devices are permitted but must be on silent. Calls are only permitted in designated “MOBILE PHONES ZONES”. Data use is permitted outside these areas but please be respectful to the players and spectators around you. No video recording permitted at any time. No photographs permitted during competition round (i.e. after Wednesday). Violation may result in the confiscation of your mobile device or removal from the tournament.

The following items are prohibited from being taken beyond ticket and security checkpoints or into the venue; cameras on Match Days; ladders; picnic baskets; briefcases; portable TVs; pushchairs; bicycles; deckchairs; audible pagers and banners.

The Competitors:

Rory McIlroy

Danny Willett

Søren Kjeldsen - defending champion

Jeunghun Wang

Lucas Bjerregard

Julien Quesne

Padraig Harrington

Alexander Levy

David Lingmerth

Thomas Bjørn

Gavin Moynihan

Chris Wood

Miguel Angel Jiménez

Peter Lawrie

Stephen Gallacher

Thorbjørn Olesen

Haotong Li

Martin Kaymer

James Morrison

Anthony Wall

Russell Knox

Ross Fisher

Matt Fitzpatrick

Graeme McDowell

Victor Dubuisson

Andy Sullivan

Alex Noren

Bernd Wiesberger

Scott Hend

Andrew Johnston

Gary Stal

Rafa Cabrera Bello

Thongchai Jaidee

Paul McGinley

Soren Kjeldsen

Darren Clarke

Kristoffer Broberg

Michael Hoey

Paul Lawrie

Jamie Donaldson

Tommy Fleetwood

Jaco Van Zyl

Joost Luiten

Marc Warren

Pablo Larrazábal

Lee Westwood

Lee Slattery

Des Smyth

Shane Lowry

Paul Dunne

Thomas Pieters

Tyrrell Hatton

Marcus Fraser

Haotong Li

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