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By Paul Kelly

Published 29/07/2016

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016
Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours.
Chris Selfridge.
Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Chris Selfridge. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Matteo Delpodio. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Michael Hoey. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Green keepers try to keep the 12th green clear of rain water. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Green keepers try to keep the 12th green clear of rain water. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Andreas Hartø. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Chris Selfridge. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Emilio Cuartero Blanco. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Michael Hoey. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Michael Hoey. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Michael Hoey. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 28th July 2016 Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way after a poor weather effected the star and delayed it by 6hours. Michael Hoey. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, Pro-Am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, Pro-Am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Pat Jennings at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, Pro-Am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, Pro-Am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, Pro-Am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan get in some putting practice for the pro-am day. Press Eye - Northern Ireland Open Golf - ProAm Day - Galgorm Castle Golf Club - 27th July 2016 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Tom McKibben at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, Pro-Am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Tom McKibben at theTayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, Pro-Am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Tom McKibben at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, Pro-Am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan along with his team. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank pro-am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank pro-am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Pat Jennings at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, Pro-Am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan at the Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank pro-am. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan arrives at the first tee for the pro-am day. Press Eye - Northern Ireland Open Golf - ProAm Day - Galgorm Castle Golf Club - 27th July 2016 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Pat Jennings arrives for the pro-am day. Press Eye - Northern Ireland Open Golf - ProAm Day - Galgorm Castle Golf Club - 27th July 2016 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Niall Horan arrives at the first tee for the pro-am day. Press Eye - Northern Ireland Open Golf - ProAm Day - Galgorm Castle Golf Club - 27th July 2016 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Young fans get pictures of Niall Horan arriving on the first teeat Galgorm for the pro-am day. Photograph by Declan Roughan
Niall Horan arrives at the first tee for the pro-am day. Press Eye - Northern Ireland Open Golf - ProAm Day - Galgorm Castle Golf Club - 27th July 2016 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Young fans get pictures of Niall Horan at Galgorm for the pro-am day. Press Eye - Northern Ireland Open Golf - ProAm Day - Galgorm Castle Golf Club - 27th July 2016 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Young fans get pictures of Niall Horan at Galgorm for the pro-am day. Press Eye - Northern Ireland Open Golf - ProAm Day - Galgorm Castle Golf Club - 27th July 2016 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Young fans get pictures of Niall Horan at Galgorm for the pro-am day. Press Eye - Northern Ireland Open Golf - ProAm Day - Galgorm Castle Golf Club - 27th July 2016 Photograph by Declan Roughan
Young fans get pictures of Niall Horan at Galgorm for the pro-am day. Photograph by Declan Roughan
Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, gets under way with the Pro-Am. Niall Horan. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan get in some putting practice for the pro-am day at Galgorm Castle Golf Club. Photograph by Declan Roughan
Niall Horan pictured as Galgorm CastleÕs Fun Golf Area officially opens. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan pictured along with Economy Minister Simon Hamilton as Galgorm Castle’s Fun Golf Area officially opens. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan pictured along with Economy Minister Simon Hamilton as Galgorm Castle’s Fun Golf Area officially opens. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan pictured along with Economy Minister Simon Hamilton as Galgorm Castle’s Fun Golf Area officially opens. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Niall Horan pictured as Galgorm Castle’s Fun Golf Area officially opens. Photographer - © Matt Mackey / Press Eye
One Direction's Niall Horan practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
ONe Direction's Niall Horan practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Victor Dubuisson of France hits an approach shot on the 11th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark hits from a bunker on the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Rugby player Keith Wood of Ireland in action during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Thomas Bjorn of Denmark tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Stephen Gallacher of Scotland tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Stephen Gallacher of Scotland tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria checks a yardage with his caddie during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain reacts during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain smiles during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Peter Lawrie of Ireland tees off on the 5th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Rugby player Brian O'Driscoll tees off on the 14th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden hits his 2nd shot on the 9th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Amateur Tom McKibbin of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot watched by former snooker player Dennis Taylor during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Amateur Tom McKibbin of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden looks on with his caddie during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: David Lingmerth of Sweden tees off on the 10th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits from a bunker on the 12th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits from a bunker on the 12th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former snooker player Dennis Taylor tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Adrian Otaegui of Spain hits from a bunker on the practice ground during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Padraig Harrington of Ireland tees off on the 13th hole during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: James Morrison of England tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland smiles on the practice ground during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Anthony Wall of England tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China reacts during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China hits an iron shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China hits an iron shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China walks in the rain with his umbrella during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China hits an iron shot during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Hao Tong Li of China walks in the rain with his umbrella during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Russell Knox of Scotland in action during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Russell Knox of Scotland in action during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Detail of the golfer Weather Vane on the Clubhouse roof during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany looks on during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany smiles during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany walks with his caddie Craig Connelly during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Martin Kaymer of Germany walks with his caddie Craig Connelly during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland jogs during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Russell Knox of Scotland tees off during a Pro-Am round ahead of the Irish Open at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Danny Willett of England lines up with his caddie on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Andrew Johnson of England tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a drive on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a ball during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a ball during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Detail of the golf bag of Ryder Cup European Captain Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks at his Player's Player of the Year award at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour speaks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour speaks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour speaks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour presents Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with his Player's Player of the Year award at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Keith Pelley the Chief Executive of the European Tour presents Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland with his Player's Player of the Year award at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Singer Niall Horan of One Direction practices on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland chats to singer Niall Horan of One Direction on the range during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks down the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland laughs on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Jockey AP McCoy chats to Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Jockey AP McCoy tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Former Jockey AP McCoy looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 1st tee during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 1st hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: JP McManus tees off during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 1st tee during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Jockey Ruby Walsh caddies for former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his 2nd shot on the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: (L-R) Jockey Ruby Walsh poses with Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and former jockey AP McCoy during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks to the 1st tee during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 3rd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 2nd hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland talks at a press conference during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks down the 4th hole during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Dermot Desmond and JP McManus (R) look on during a Pro-Am round prior to the start of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 18, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Michael Hoey carded his lowest ever competitive round at Galgorm Castle on a rain-interrupted first day of the Tayto NI Open in partnership with Ulster Bank.

The Tournament Ambassador fired a three under par round of 68 to put himself firmly on track to make the cut at the fourth time of asking.

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"I didn't play great but got it round okay. It's wasn't playing that difficult, it's soft and it's target golf," said Hoey.

"At least I'm not out of the tournament which I have been by this stage in recent years.

"Now I can relax and see what I can do over the next few days."

Torrential overnight rain forced play to be delayed by six hours yesterday which has left Challenge Tour officials with something of a logistical headache to get things back on track.

When play was eventually suspended for the day at 9pm, some 26 groups had still to finish their first round, amongst them local lads Dermot McElroy and Cormac Sharvin.

They face a long day ahead as they wrap up round one at 8.00am before heading out again to finish their second rounds from 11.00am.

Those players lucky enough to have completed their opening rounds yesterday will begin their second rounds in the afternoon and evening.

Hoey added: "There was a point there today when I was struggling a bit.

"I bogeyed the third and made a couple of poor swings but I dug in well, finished strongly, made some good swings and picked up three birdies in a row.

"I could easily have gone the other way if I hadn't dug in well, that was a big turning point," Hoey added.

The Belfast golfer's three under par total was matched by Whitehead amateur John Ross Galbraith (left) who collected four birdies and dropped only one shot in a strong performance.

"I drove the ball really well today. I think I only missed two fairways," said John Ross who missed out on defending his North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush because of a neck injury.

"I was driving it pretty long and straight so I was able to give myself opportunities going into the greens.

"My iron play wasn't bang on or I could have gone really, really low today," Galbraith added.

"I missed a few chances on the greens as well but overall it was a decent start."

There is a seven-way tie at the top of the leaderboard, with two Irishmen, Damien McGrane and Rory McNamara, joined by Sam Hutsby, Bernd Ritthammer, Ben Stow, Daniel Gaunt and Dylan Frittelli on six under par.

The experienced McGrane has effectively turned his back on the European Tour these days and is plying his trade with great success on the Irish PGA circuit.

He proved once again that he can still mix it with the young guns, carding a flawless six birdie round.

"I played lovely from start to finish, hit a lot of good tee shots and found the middle of the fairways," said McGrane who came into the tournament on the back of two recent victories on the Irish PGA circuit.

"I was able to be patient and holed a couple coming in to reach six under.

"It was a stress-free round which doesn't often happen but it happened today."

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