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Irish Open: Rory will get right back into swing after poor showing

By Steven Beacom

Published 30/05/2015

Eyes on the prize: Rory McIlroy plays out of the rough at the ninth hole at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down
Eyes on the prize: Rory McIlroy plays out of the rough at the ninth hole at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down

Rory McIlroy sped out of Royal County Down Golf Club in his sleek black Range Rover. He was not hanging about.

Moments before he had walked off the 18th green and completed his media duties.

The golden boy of golf was headed home to Holywood.

And to use the Ulster vernacular, he was away to get his head showered.

This has been a delightful week for McIlroy off the course but a difficult one on it, missing the cut of a tournament he was hosting.

The perfect end to the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open would have been for him to top the leaderboard tomorrow.

Instead there is every chance he will be among the presentation party, handing over the trophy to someone else.

It's not just disappointing for McIlroy to miss out on the weekend action.

Think of the 40,000 expected through the gates over Saturday and Sunday who were coming to see him drive, chip and putt.

There may still be some stellar names here in Newcastle, but none are Rory McIlroy, are they?

The bottom line is that many of the men, women and children attending the final two days of the tournament bought their tickets in the hope that they would see the World Number One and four-time major winner in the flesh.

If they do, it will be in an ambassadorial capacity, as head of the Rory Foundation, acting as hosts for the Irish Open, rather than as the best golfer on the planet swinging a club.

It was always going to be difficult for McIlroy yesterday following his horrible round of 80 on Thursday.

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)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Soren Hansen of Denmark hits an approach 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)
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Day One Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy pictured on the 18th.Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. World Number one Rory McIlroy along with Martin Kaymer.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. A score keeper holds the final round one scores for Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy and Ricky Fowler.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 28th May 2015 - Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Michael Hoey Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Danny Willett.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Graeme McDowell.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. World number one Rory McIlroy.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. World number one Rory McIlroy.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. World number one Rory McIlroy.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-05-2015; Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2015 : Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Day One Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy pictured on the 18th. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-05-2015; Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2015 : Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Day One Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy pictured on the 11th. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-05-2015; Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2015 : Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Day One Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy pictured on the 18th. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-05-2015; Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2015 : Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Day One Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy pictured on the 18th. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-05-2015; Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2015 : Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Day One Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy pictured on the 18th. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. World number one Rory McIlroy.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. World number one Rory McIlroy.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 28th May 2015 Round 1 of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. World number one Rory McIlroy.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 28-05-2015; Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2015 : Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Day One Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy pictured on the 18th. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Paul McGinley 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: Martin Kaymer of Germany is watched by crowds on the 15th 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 hits his 2nd shot on the 15th hole during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 28, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Crowds surround the 10th 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: Oliver Farr of Wales lines up on the 7th 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: Oliver Farr of Wales looks down the 8th 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: Brendan McGovern of Ireland 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 Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Edouard Espana of France chips on the 7th 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: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 10th 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: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 10th green with Rickie Fowler of the United States 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: Rickie Fowler of the United States walks 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 Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 28: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 10th 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 walks to the 10th green with Rickie Fowler of the United States 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 27 : (L-R) Matt Ginella, TV Personally Patrick Kielty, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Ricky Fowler of the USA and former Jockey AP McCoy pose on the 18th green after playing in the Pro-Am during the Irish Open Previews at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 27th May 2015 - Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Ernie Els Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27 : Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (C), former Australian cricketer Shane Warne (L), and Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland walk from the 18th green after playing in the Pro-Am during the Irish Open Previews at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27 : Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (L), talks with TV personality Patrick Kielty and Former Jockey AP McCoy on the 18th green after playing in the Pro-Am during the Irish Open Previews at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27 : Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (R), talking with Peter Lawrie of Ireland on the 1st tee during the afternoon Pro-Am during the Irish Open Previews at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27 Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland (C), Stephen Watson of BBC Northern Ireland (R) and former Australian cricketer Shane share a joke after playing in the Pro-Am during the Irish Open Previews at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27 : Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (R), meets Sergio Garcia of Spain on the 1st tee during the afternoon Pro-Am during the Irish Open Previews at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke shares a joke with former Irish Rugby player Stephen Ferris. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke shares a joke with former Irish Rugby player Stephen Ferris. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke shares a joke with former Irish Rugby player Stephen Ferris. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness takes part in a tour of the facilities at the Irish Open in Newcastle, Co Down. He is pictured with Kathryn Thompson, Chief Operating Officer of Tourism Northern Ireland. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
26 May 2015 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open: Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free with the 3rd place Pro-Am team, Stephen Watson, Darren Clarke and Stephen Ferris who played for the Tourism NI.
26 May 2015 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open: Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free presents David Richards with his award for the longest drive
26 May 2015 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open: Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free presents Kate Docherty with her award for the longest drive
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy pictured signs autographs . Picture By: Arthur Allison.
26 May 2015 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open: Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. James Nesbitt and Paddy Wallace
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 27th May 2015 - Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down James Nesbitt Picture by Andrew Paton / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-05-2015; Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2015 : Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Actor James Nesbitt pictured on the 1st Tee . Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Darren Clarke with former Irish rugby player Stephen Ferris. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Comedian Patrick Kielty on the 1st tee. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 26th May 2015 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Former footballer Pat Jennings, left, with snooker player Dennis Taylor. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland answers questions from the media during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rickie Fowler of the Unitd States chats to former Jockey AP McCoy during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland greets Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland as he leaves a press conference during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-05-2015; Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2015 : Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Pictured on the 12th tee Rory McIlroy . Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-05-2015; Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2015 : Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy pictured signs autographs . Picture By: Arthur Allison.
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Rickie Fowler of the Unitd States chat to TV Personality Patrick Kielty during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Darren Clarke on the1st tee, Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks up the 18th hole with an umbrella during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain chats to Dermot Desmond during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Former snooker player Dennis Taylor, left, with Paul Lawrie, centre, and Brendan Taylor. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Darren Clarke on the1st tee, Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Darren Clarke with former Irish rugby player Stephen Ferris. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Darren Clarke with former Irish rugby player Stephen Ferris, BBC presenter Stephen Watson and Shane Warne. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Snooker player Dennis Taylor, left, with former footballer Pat Jennings on the 1st tee. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Comedian Patrick Kielty on the 1st tee. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Former footballer Pat Jennings with snooker player Dennis Taylor, centre and Paul Lawrie. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Former snooker player Dennis Taylor, left, with Paul Lawrie, centre, and Brendan Taylor. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Former footballer Pat Jennings, left, with snooker player Dennis Taylor. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Comedian Patrick Kielty on the 1st tee. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Jockey Tony McCoy on the 1st tee. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Jockey Tony McCoy on the 1st tee. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Comedian Patrick Kielty on the 1st tee. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Comedian Patrick Kielty on the 1st tee. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Jockey Tony McCoy, left, with Rickie Fowler and Comedian Patrick Kielty on the 1st tee. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Rickie Fowler on the 1st tee. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 26th May 2015 Pro Am - 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Paddy Kielty.
26th May 2015 Pro Am - 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. World number one Rory McIlroy along with Rickie Fowler. Photographer Matt Mackey - Presseye.com
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Comedian Patrick Kielty on the 1st tee Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th May 2015? Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Pro-Am Day Darren Clarke with former Irish rugby player Stephen Ferris and Shane Warne. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye?
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 25th May 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Graeme McDowell.
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland runs past gorse bushes to get to the 4th tee during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 25th May 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland.
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 4th hole during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 26: Rory McIlroy takes a selfie with the cast of Riverdance on May 26, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. The Riverdance troupe are performing for the Rory Foundation who are hostinga special gala fundraising evening at Daisy Lodge for invited guests and is also co hosting the Irish Open at Royal County Down this week. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Rickie Fowler of the Unitd States chats to former Jockey AP McCoy during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 26: Jose Manuel Lara of Spain in action during a practice round prior to The Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 26, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 27: Sergio Garcia of Spain looks on with caddie Glen Murray during the Pro-Am round prior to the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club on May 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Pablo Larrazabal of Spain gestures during the Pro-Am (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 26th May 2015 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 25th May 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Graeme McDowell.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 26th May 2015 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Ernie Els.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 27-05-2015; Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2015 : Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Pictured on his way to the 1st tee Darren Clarke,Shane Warne and Stephen Ferris . Picture By: Arthur Allison.
2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open: Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Paddy Kielty and AP McCoy Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 26th May 2015 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club, Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Ernie Els.

He needed a performance as spectacular as the course itself to put himself in the frame to play over the weekend.

And everybody was willing him to do it, from those on the course to those miles away thinking about Saturday and Sunday trips to Newcastle.

When he began, the feeling was that Rory would need to go round in 66 to make the projected cut mark of +4. By the end it was +5.

On the first tee, McIlroy received a reception fit for a king. The cheers were long and loud as he was announced to the packed grandstand and thousands lining the fairway.

Rory had brought them great joy and pride with his victories across the world and here they were supporting him every step of the way on home turf.

He wanted to get momentum going, but also knew that on a course like Royal County Down it was impossible to go chasing birdies.

The start was steady. Six pars in a row. Decent. No bogeys was the key factor.

Then on the treacherous par three seventh came his first birdie of the tournament to huge cheers from his fans, who seemed to increase in number with every hole.

The charge was on. Not so fast. It was steady as he goes for the next four holes, each one walked away from with a par in the bank.

Then on the 12th, another birdie, a four at the par five. McIlroy was on seven over, needing two birdies in his final six holes.

There was excitement all around the Newcastle links. Rory was going to complete a memorable comeback. The Holywood hero was going to pen another stunning script and climb the Mourne mountains after all.

Halfway up, he slipped and started sliding on the 15th with a shocking second shot missing the green and an even worse chip leaving him little chance of par. He fluffed the return putt and within seconds was writing SIX, a double bogey, on his card and he was back where he started on nine over.

Rory's race was run. There was no way back up the mountain and despite making a dramatic par at the last which brought with it one of the mightiest roars of the day, McIlroy was out of the Irish Open for the third year in a row without making the cut.

There was no hiding his disappointment.

"It's one of the tournaments of the year that I really earmarked that I wanted to try and do well in," he said. 

"It's my third year in a row where all of the people out there supporting me won't be able to watch me over the last couple of days."

On how he played, which was a huge improvement on the day before, McIlroy said: "I felt like I played okay. When the wind is like this and the conditions, it's hard even if you're giving yourself birdie chances, it's hard to take advantage of them. 

"I was trying out there as hard as I could and just couldn't quite get a good run of holes going and get any momentum. 

"I was a couple under through 14 but I still needed a good finish. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do that. I really left myself too much to do from Thursday. I felt like I played a solid round of golf but it just wasn't enough."

Many felt that if he was to make the cut, McIlroy would have to blitz the course with birdies early on. He said that was never on.

"It's definitely not a golf course or conditions where you can go chasing. You just have to plod along. I made 12 pars and two birdies in the first 14 holes and that's sort of the golf that you need to play around here," added McIlroy 

"It was just unfortunate with the double-bogey on 15, and then after that, I was trying to chase on 16 and 17. I had two great chances there and didn't make them. That's the way it goes."

And with that McIlroy was away to reflect on all the good work he has done off the course this week and to think about what he needs to do on it ahead of the upcoming US Open. He may have underperformed here but don't rule out a fifth major by the end of next month.

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