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Danny Willett in Masters bow at Irish Open

By Robert Jones

Danny Willett is ready for a green jacket party at The K Club as he prepares to make his first appearance in Europe as Masters champion at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open from May 19 to 22.

Along with Rory McIlroy - whose Foundation is hosting the event - the Englishman will be the headline act in a field which includes compatriots Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick as well as defending champion Soren Kjeldsen.

Willett, who produced a brilliant bogey-free 67 in the final round at Augusta on Sunday to win his first Major by three strokes from Westwood and Jordan Spieth, will be guaranteed an incredible reception when he steps on to the first tee at The K Club after his life-changing victory in the USA.

"The Irish Open is going to be awesome," he said.

"It's a great event. Last year at Royal County Down was pretty special, especially for me having played in the Walker Cup there in 2007. It's going to be a special week.

"Rory has done a magnificent job with the tournament, and what he is doing for the European Tour and golf in Ireland in general.

"I think with the field we are going to have there, amazing crowds as always and an iconic venue like The K Club, it's going to be a brilliant tournament.

"I am really looking forward to making my first appearance in Europe there."

Willett is keeping his feet on the ground after his big breakthrough.

"Guys like Rory, Jordan and Jason (Day) have achieved a bit more than me at this stage," said Willett.

As well as McIlroy, Ulster's other recent Major champions Graeme McDowell and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke will also star at The K Club. Dublin's three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington will also be a crowd pleaser.

Also in the line-up will be former Irish Open champion Shane Lowry, who made his own piece of history at the Masters last week with a brilliant hole in one on the iconic 16th hole during Sunday's epic final round.

For ticket info visit

Tickets are priced at only €30 per day, with a season ticket only €70 for the entire four days.

A portion of all tickets sales will go towards the Rory Foundation, established by McIlroy in 2013 to help children live better lives by raising funds and offering support to children's charities around the world.

The event is also backed by Fáilte Ireland and Sport Ireland.

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