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Irish Open: Rory McIlroy's amazing march back to where it all began

By Steven Beacom

Published 28/05/2015

Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen acknowledges the crowd on the 16th green during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle.
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen acknowledges the crowd on the 16th green during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle.
Tyrrell Hatton on the 2nd green during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello celebrates an eagle on the 16th during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain celebrates a putt on the 16th hole on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark waves to the crowd on the 18th hole on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Padraig Harrington meeting members of Irelands special Olympic team at the driving range during the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
USA's Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the 2nd during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle.
Germany's Maximilian Kiefer watches his tee shot on the 1st during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. 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 Luke Donald watches his tee shot on the 2nd during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. 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 Matt Ford watches his tee shot on the 2nd during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. 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.
Austrian golfer Bern Wiesberger drives off the fifth hole on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts to an eagle on the 16th hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Tyrrell Hatton of England tees off on the 4th hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Scottish golfer Richie Ramsey watches his drive from the rough onto the 3rd green on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Scottish golfer Richie Ramsey lines up his putt shot on the 5th green on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Richie Ramsay of Scotland looks down the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Matt Ford of England tees off on the 4th hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria covers up from the cold during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Luke Donald of England looks down the 4th hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Eddie Pepperell of England walks off the 18th green during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain tees off on the 4th hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Lee Westwood of England chips to the 18th green during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark watches Chris Wood of England tee off on the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Scottish golfer Richie Ramsey lines up his putt shot on the 5th green on the third day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Darren Clarke plays from the bunker on the 10th during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. 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.
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina catches his ball during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Andy Sullivan of England looks on with his caddie on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th May 2015? First Minister Peter Robinson pictured during a visit of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson arrives at the course after he was discharged from hospital yesterday, four days after suffering a suspected heart attack, during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 30, 2015. 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.
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Andy Sullivan of England hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Francesco Molinari of Italy hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Maximilian Kieffer of Germany tees off on the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: John Parry of England tees off on the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Bradley Dredge of Wales tees off on the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Matthew Fitzpatrick of England pulls a club on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Matt Ford of England tees off on the 1st hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
TOPSHOTS The crowd fills a hill at the 5th hole with the mountains of Mourne in the background on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 30: Anthony Wall of England hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the Third Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 30, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland gets a ruling on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29 : Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland on the first tee under an umbrella during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland gestures on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland gestures after his tee shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Jonathan Bell (L) taking with Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland (R) on the first tee during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy plays out of the rough toward the 9th green on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Martin Kaymer of Germany helps his caddie Craig Connelly to his feet after he fell during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Golf Volunteer Ken McCaw from Holywood sheltering under an upturned umbrella during a heavy rain shower surrounded by empty deckchairs on the Newcastle Promanade, while the second day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was played at Royal County Down. Northern Ireland- 29th May 2015
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Lee Westwood of England plays his tee shot on the first tee under an umbrella during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on on the first tee under an umbrella during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland (R) looks on on the first tee under an umbrella during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Jonathan Bell trying out an egg chipping contest during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland (R) looks on on the first tee under an umbrella during the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Martin Kaymer of Germany walks down the 15th hole with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Rickie Fowler of the United States during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Martin Kaymer of Germany walks down the 15th hole with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Rickie Fowler of the United States during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rickie Fowler of the United States tees off on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 15th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his frist birdie of the week on the 7th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 10th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on with caddie JP Fitzgerald during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Gary McShane and Ciaran Murphy (R), winners of the Emirates Wacky Trousers' day at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Gary McShane and Ciaran Murphy (R), winners of the Emirates Wacky Trousers' day at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Richie Ramsay of Scotland looks down the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 9th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks on the 9th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy watches his 2nd shot on the 9th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
Rory McIlroy on the 9th fairway during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
Rory McIlroy on the 7th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 6th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
Rory McIlroy on the 9th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
Rory McIlroy watches his second shot on the 6th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
Germany's Maximillian Kiefer lines up a putt on the 1st during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Rory McIlroy reacts after his second shot on the 4th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 smiles after putting with his wedge during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Padraig Harrington plays from the rough on the 8th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
Germany's Maximillian Kiefer plays from the rough on the 1st during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 from a bunker on the 14th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 from a bunker on the 14th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 putts with a wedge on the 13th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
South Africa's Ernie Els reacts to a putt on the 13th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
South Africa's Ernie Els reacts to a putt on the 13th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
South Africa's Ernie Els chips onto the 13th green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Sergio Garcia plays from the rough on the 13th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Sergio Garcia plays from the bunker on the 12th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Sergio Garcia narrowly misses a putt on the 10th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Padraig Harrington watches his second shot on the 13th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Padraig Harrington watches his second shot on the 13th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Padraig Harrington lines up a putt on the 13th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Padraig Harrington watches his tee shot on the 11th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Padraig Harrington watches his tee shot on the 10th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Padraig Harrington putts on the 12th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Richie Ramsay hits his second shot on the 9th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Richie Ramsay celebrates a putt on the 8th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Rory McIlroy reacts after his second shot on the 4th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 smiles after putting during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Padraig Harrington chips on to the green during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
Finland's Mikko Ilonen watches his tee shot on the 10th during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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 Padraig Harrington (right) and Finland's Mikko Ilonen make their way to the 12th tee box during day two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 29, 2015. 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.
Austrian golfer Bernd Wiesberger watches his putt shot on the 5th green on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington plays out of the rough onto the 18th green on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington waves to the crowd after playing his tee shot on the 17th green on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington (L) lines up up tee shot on the 17th green, in front of the Mournes mountains, on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish golfer Padraig Harrington plays out of the rough onto the 18th green on the second day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Martin Kaymer of Germany hits his 2nd shot on the 5th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 5th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Lee Westwood of England hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 4th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland runs with his security guard to the 4th tee during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Richie Ramsay of Scotland tees off on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Richie Ramsay of Scotland lines up on the 8th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Richie Ramsay of Scotland celebrates on the 8th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Richie Ramsay of Scotland lines up on the 9th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rickie Fowler of the United States lines up on the 3rd green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: General View of Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 3rd green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the 2nd hole with Martin Kaymer during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off on the 2nd hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits on the 1st green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 2nd tee during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 2nd hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 3rd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy walks down the 9th hole with Shane Lowry during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy waits on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Shane Lowry of Ireland putts with a wedge on the 9th green after breaking his putter in anger during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Shane Lowry of Ireland hitshis approach to the 9th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Shane Lowry of Ireland putts with a wedge on the 9th green after breaking his putter in anger during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Shane Lowry of Ireland smiles on the 9th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Gary Stal of France on the 8th tee during the second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Felipe Aguilar of Chile on the 8th tee during the second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Simon Thornton of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland tees off on the 11th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his 2nd shot on the 15th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland hits his 2nd shot on the 15th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria walks up the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Alex Noren of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Steve Webster of England hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits an approach during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England celebrates an albatross on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England celebrates an albatross on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England celebrates an albatross on the 1st hole with his caddie during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England celebrates an albatross on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England celebrates an albatross on the 1st hole with his caddie during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Simon Thornton of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Shane Lowry of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy hits an approach during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy tees off during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ernie Els of South Africa hits an approach during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ernie Els of South Africa tees off during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland lines up on the 18th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Alexander Levy of France waits on the 3rd hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Alexander Levy of France tees off on the 3rd hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Tommy Fleetwood of England hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Tommy Fleetwood of England hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain checks the lie of Padraig Harrington of Ireland's ball on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland gets a ruling on the 18th hole as Sergio Garcia of Spain looks on during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland gets a ruling on the 18th hole as Sergio Garcia of Spain looks on during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland gets a ruling on the 18th hole as Sergio Garcia of Spain looks on during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: David Howell of England hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ross Fisher of England hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Peter Hanson of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium looks down the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Marcel Siem of Germany hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Peter Lawrie of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Romain Wattel of France hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Peter Lawrie of Ireland hits his 3rd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland looks on during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland tees off on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain tees off on the 16th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria lines up his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England walks down the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria (R) and Andy Sullivan of England look down the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria walks up the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Andy Sullivan of England hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland misses a putt on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 14th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 15th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland tees off on the 14th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: A Marshall shows off his cap signed by Padraig Harrington during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain tees off on the 15th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Tommy Fleetwood of England reacts on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: James Morrison of England hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Tommy Fleetwood of England looks down the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Francesco Molinari of Italy hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Victor Dubuisson of France hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Mikko Ilonen of Finland tees off on the 12th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 12th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain pulls a club on the 13th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Sergio Garcia of Spain tees off on the 12th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 12th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 29: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 11th hole during the Second Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 29, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy reacts after missing his putt shot on the 9th green on the first day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 28, 2015.
Padraig Harrington on the 18th green after finishing 4 under par during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Padraig Harrington plays from the rough on the 18th, ahead of finishing 4 under par, during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Padraig Harrington prepares to play from the rough on the 18th, ahead of finishing 4 under par, during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Padraig Harrington leaves the course after finishing 4 under par during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Padraig Harrington plays from the bunker on the 10th during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Alexander Levy plays his approach to the 8th green during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Padraig Harrington putts on the 8th green during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Padraig Harrington watches his tee shot on the 10th during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Sergio Garcia watches his approach to 9th during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Alexander Levy celebrates a birdie putt on the 8th green during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Padraig Harrington lines up a putt on the 18th, ahead of finishing 4 under par, during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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.
Ernie Els watches his tee shot on the 11th during day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 28, 2015. 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 Padraig Harrington lines up his putt on the 18th green on the first day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
South Korea's An Byeong-Hun lines up his putt on the 11th green on the first day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's Padraig Harrington makes his way onto the 11th green with the mountains of Mourne in the background on the first day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle in Northern Ireland on May 28, 2015. AFP Photo/Paul FaithPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Maximilian Kieffer of Germany hits his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 9th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain tees off on the 9th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Andy Sullivan of England tees off on the 9th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Thomas Aiken of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Hennie Otto of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Gareth Maybin of Northern Ireland tees off on the 3rd hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Maximilian Kieffer of Germany waits on the 1st hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 3rd shot on the 18th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts on the 18th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Sergio Garcia of Spain lines up on the 18th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland misses a putt on the 18th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Mikko Ilonen of Finland lines up on the 18th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland lines up on the 18th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland plays his second shot on the par five 18th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland plays his second shot on the par five 18th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland plays his second shot on the par five 18th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits his 3rd shot on the 18th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland looks down the 18th holewith Mikko Ilonen and Sergio Garcia during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland lines up on the 17th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 18th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 18th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland 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 Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Oliver Fisher of England hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Anders Hansen of Denmark hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Amateur Gary Hurley of Ireland hits his 3rd shot on the 1st hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Amateur Gary Hurley of Ireland looks down the 1st hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Steve Webster of England during Day One of the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Richie Ramsay of Scotland during Day One of the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: David Howell of England during Day One of the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Alex Noren of Sweden during Day One of the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Romain Wattel of France during Day One of the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Peter Lawrie of Ireland during Day One of the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 17th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Mikko Ilonen of Finland reacts on the 16th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington of Ireland lines up on the 16th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand 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 Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand 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 Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Andy Sullivan of England 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 Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Magnus A Carlsson of Sweden walks down the 5th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Andy Sullivan of England looks on during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Francesco Molinari of Italy hits his 2nd shot on the 13th hole filmed by a TV Camera during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Shane Lowry of Ireland prepares to hit his 2nd shot on the 13th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Tommy Fleetwood of England looks down the 13th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Felipe Aguilar of Chile looks down the 3rd hole with his caddie during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Felipe Aguilar of Chile runs down the 3rd hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Felipe Aguilar of Chile looks down the 3rd hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Felipe Aguilar of Chile hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Gary Stal of France hits his 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Ernie Els of South Africa 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 Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Soren Hansen of Denmark walks down the 5th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Padraig Harrington 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 Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Mikko Ilonen of Finland checks his line on the 13th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria tees off during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Eight years ago, Rory McIlroy drove out of the gates at the Royal County Down Golf Club disappointed and annoyed, having been part of a losing Great Britain and Ireland team to the USA in the 2007 Walker Cup.

At the time, apart from in his own sport in which he had gained a reputation for being a promising talent, he was virtually unknown.

It was his last event as an amateur.

Fast forward to the present day and walking around the same spectacular course he is the best golfer on the planet with four Majors to his name, has countless other titles, more money than he will ever spend and his status has rocketed to the superstar variety.

The 26-year-old from Holywood has become so big and so successful that his Foundation - the charitable arm of his global brand - is hosting this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and he has attracted huge names like Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els to play in his home county and home country.

On Tuesday night at a fundraising event for the Cancer Fund for Children at Daisy Lodge, just outside Newcastle, McIlroy spoke about the importance of taking time out to realise how far he had come.

Yesterday at his packed press conference, with standing room only, there was a clear illustration of the vast distance he has travelled since the last tournament he played at Royal County Down to the present one, which began early this morning.

"I have a lot of memories from that Walker Cup (in 2007). It was a good week, good weather. The course was in phenomenal shape and it was the last two days I played as an amateur," he recalled, following 18 holes in yesterday's pro-am, as the rain lashed down outside.

"There was an after tournament dinner where everyone was supposed to get together but I was heading off to the Oxfordshire Golf Club to compete in the first stage of Q-School, so my emotions turned straight to trying to get my Tour card.

"At that time, not being a part of a winning team, I was probably driving out of here thinking, why did I stay amateur for two days of golf, but looking back, it was one of the best experiences I had. 

"And not just in terms of the golf but the people that you meet and the friendships you make and the friendships you keep.  It's something that you don't appreciate then but whenever you move on a few years, that stuff is just as important. 

"So from that point to eight years on, and driving back in again, it's a little different."

And then some.

One of the friends he made at the Walker Cup was Fowler, who he plays alongside today and tomorrow with two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer making up a mighty impressive trio.

It will be interesting how they, and the rest of a top class field, cope with the course and the weather. McIlroy should be at an advantage given that he enjoys playing the famous links when he is home and not winning tournaments across the globe.

McIlroy, currently The Open and US PGA champion, said: "Since that Walker Cup, I've got to know the course even better, because I come down here at 7pm at night.

"The nights are so long here, it stays light until half 10, and I can play nine holes and just carry my own clubs, walk around and hit a few balls. It really gets me back into links golf mode. I did loads of preparation here before The Scottish Open and The Open last year, and it definitely helped.

"It's a tough course. And I think it will really reward a smart golfer this week. It's like a game of chess out here. You've just got to play your positions and you've got to plot your way along."

McIlroy admitted before becoming so involved in this year's Irish Open he didn't know how much work and planning went into organising a tournament. He has certainly added much to an event that was sparked into life at Royal Portrush in 2012 after a difficult few years.

Clearly buoyed by Royal County Down selling out for all four days, there was more than a touch of Northern Ireland national pride when McIlroy stated: "It makes me proud that we can get some of the best players in the world and on one of the best golf courses in the world and showcase just what a great country this is. 

"And you could see in the pro-am with the weather not too good, there were still thousands and thousands of people out there supporting us. It's absolutely phenomenal. To be able to bring these guys here and show them how good a place it is, it makes me very proud to be where I'm from."

In turn, the people here are proud of McIlroy, who will donate his prize money from this week to his Foundation and the Daisy Lodge facility.

Prior to McIlroy speaking, South African great Ernie Els, who has also won four Majors, predicted the Ulsterman to win at least 10 more Majors in the next 20 years.

You get the feeling Rory wants more than that. Don't rule it out. After all, this Holywood star may have come a long way already, but he's not finished yet.

Belfast Telegraph

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