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Published 23/05/2016

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his three shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his three shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Irish Open with his caddie JP Fitzgerald at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Irish Open with his caddie JP Fitzgerald at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits to putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his 2nd shot on the 18th hole with caddie JP Fitzgerald during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland kisses the trophy following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his 2nd shot on the 18th hole with caddie JP Fitzgerald during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (left) is presented with the trophy by Taoiseach Enda Kenny after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy with the trophy after winning the Irish Open at The K Club, County Kildare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No false commercial association. No video emulation. No manipulation of images.
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (R) joins Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, as he poses with the trophy after his three shot victory in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with the winners trophy the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with the winners trophy the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 18th green during the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, celebrates after holing his final put on the 18th green to win by three shots in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, celebrates holing his final put on the 18th green to win by three shots in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (2nd L), gestures to the crowd as he walks up the 18th fairway on his way to win by three shots in the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Spectators watch on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales walks to the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland prepares to hit his approach on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales hits an approach to the 16th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales reacts on the 16th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Bradley Dredge of Wales hits an approach to the 16th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Winner, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (L) shakes hands with Scotland's Russell Knox on the 18th green after his final round 69 on the fourth day of the Irish open golf tournament at The K Club, west of Dublin in Ireland on May 22, 2016. Tournament host Rory McIlroy hit two stunning approach shots in the closing three holes to end a six-month winless drought, capturing the Irish Open at the K Club on Sunday. Knox finished three shots back in joint-second place with Welshman Bradley Dredge. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with the winners trophy the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a missed putt on the 17th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain's wife Gala Ortin watching the golf during the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain's wife Gala Ortin watching the golf during the final round of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at the K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the crowd as he approaches the 18th green on his way to victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks with his caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 18th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the crowd as he approaches the 18th green after his victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his second shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 18th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie JP Fitzgerald as he prepares to play his second shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee-shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Barry Funston, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation, pose with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is congratulated by Russell Knox of Scotland on the 18th green after his victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Enda Kenny TD, An Taoiseach, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy with Colm McLoughlin, the Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Dr Michael Smurfit, the owner of The K Club, pose with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland answers questions from the media following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Dr Michael Smurfit, the owner of The K Club, pose with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Hail stops play during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Danny Willett of England putts on the 9th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Danny Willett of England plays a chip shot to the 17th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Russell Knox of Scotland putts on the 17th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats with Danny Willett of England on the 18th fairway during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with his father Gerry, mother Rosie and fiance Erica Stoll after victory in the final round of the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland answers questions from the media following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green following his victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Golf fans look on during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 9th green during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Danny Willett of England makes his way down the 9th fairway during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Shane Lowry has joined the chorus of home golfers who want to see the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open move from May to a mid-summer date.

Lowry, the best-finishing Irish player after winner Rory McIlroy, rounded off the rain-lashed tournament with a two-under 70 for a 287 (one-under) total, and said: "We need to have it later.

"The course was amazing, and credit to them for that, but I think we need to have it later in the year. They are trying to get one near The Open. That would be ideal - July, and the dates around The Open, would be perfect. I'm sure you'd get a few extra players playing. Hopefully, that would be the case."

Lowry was certainly right about the excellent job done by K Club course superintendent Gerry Byrne and his staff.

The layout held up very well - despite the torrential downpours of rain and hailstones, which caused long delays on Saturday and for lesser periods yesterday.

A date in June or early July would hopefully tip the odds in favour of better weather, but from a golf perspective, Lowry and his fellow professionals just had to get on with the job.

Next up is the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and Lowry is confident.

"I'm looking forward to going over on Tuesday and getting around Wentworth again. It's where my season started the last two seasons," he said.

The pride of Offaly marked himself out of 10 for the various departments of the game: seven for driving; eight for short game; and around six for putting.

"My putting - I'm not happy with it, but I don't feel uncomfortable," he said. "I hit the hole a lot on Thursday, and if a few of those had gone in, I wouldn't even be thinking about it.

"I'm giving myself chances. I'm hitting good shots most of the time. The big thing for me is I'm not hitting any disastrous shots."

Graeme McDowell found himself in the unaccustomed position of last finisher of the nine Irish players who made the cut, scoring 80 for an 11-over total.

The Ulsterman said: "My struggles on the greens just ran through my game a little. Frustration kicked in, and combine that with some wet conditions...

"It's the same for everyone, but I just didn't deal with them very well, and I'm disappointed.

"I came here feeling confident, and I'm trying my best to maintain that going forward."

Former Walker Cup trio Paul Dunne, Gavin Moynihan and Gary Hurley, in their first year as Tour professionals, gained some experience in their first Irish Open in the paid ranks.

Moynihan (70) and Kevin Phelan (71) finished tied 36th on one-over. Hurley shot 78 and Dunne 74 for tied 60th.

Ryder Cup captains present and past, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley, carded 72 and 75 respectively.

Clarke, playing alongside Lowry and Chris Wood, started from the 10th, and reeled off three birdies in four holes.

A double-bogey seven on the 16th halted his momentum. Nines of 36, 36 left him at two-over for the tournament.

McGinley finished at 10-over par after a tough weekend.

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