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Danish trio the latest to sign up for July's Irish Open at Lahinch

Thorbjørn Olesen at last year's Irish Open (INPHO/Presseye/Kelvin Boyes)
Thorbjørn Olesen at last year's Irish Open (INPHO/Presseye/Kelvin Boyes)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Danish trio Lucas Bjerregaard, Thorbjorn Olesen and Thomas Bjorn have confirmed they will tee it up at Lahinch at this summer's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The three stars are the latest to agree to take part in the tournament, which is being hosted by Paul McGinley from July 4-7 in County Clare.

They join what is quickly becoming a star-studded field, with the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell already signed up to compete.

Danish players are no strangers to the Irish Open, with three having won the tournament in the past, with Bjorn being one of them - the others were Soren Hansen at Fota Island in 2002 and Soren Kjeldsen at Royal County Down in 2015.

15-time winner European Tour winner Bjorn was the victor back in 2006 at Carton House, although he has struggled for form recently but will be hoping that a return to a country which he has won in will spark some good fortunes.

"I love the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, it’s always a fun event and it is always a pleasure to play on these great Irish links courses for such a big tournament," commented the 48-year-old, who was captain of Team Europe at last year's Ryder Cup.

"Paul (McGinley) is a good friend of mine and I know he has put a huge amount of work into making this a special event, so I have no doubt it will be a week to remember."

Ryder Cup star Olesen headlines the trio, the World No.50 having sparkled at Le Golf National last September as Europe successfully won back the trophy from the USA.

The 29-year-old is a five-time winner on the European Tour and finished in the top-ten at Ballyliffin last year, with this his fifth successive appearance at the Irish Open.

"I’m really looking forward to returning to Ireland this year," said Olesen. "It is always an event I really enjoy – the golf courses are generally great and the Irish fans are some of the best in the world.

"I have heard really good things about Lahinch Golf Club and it looks like it will be perfect preparation for The Open Championship two weeks later. It’s all set up to be a fantastic few weeks of golf."

The final Danish ace to sign up to the tournament is rising star Bjerregaard, who surged onto the scene recently when he defeat Tiger Woods at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Houston.

The World No.43 is a two-time winner on the European Tour and has triumphed on links before having won last year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

"I really enjoy links golf and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is always a huge event on the calendar, as a Rolex Series event with such a long history" said 27-year-old Bjerregaard.

"Obviously Soren Kjeldsen won in 2015 and Thomas and Soren Hansen have won this tournament too, so hopefully one of us Danes can add to that list in July."

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