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Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm wins his first European Tour victory. 9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm wins his first European Tour victory. 9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye.

Spain's Jon Rahm with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

Spain's Jon Rahm with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Spain's Jon Rahm celebrates winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with girlfriend Kelley Cahill and the trophy at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

Spain's Jon Rahm celebrates winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with girlfriend Kelley Cahill and the trophy at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. 
 
 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland.

Jon Rahm winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. 
 
 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland.

 Jon Rahm winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with his girlfriend Kelley Cahill.

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with his girlfriend Kelley Cahill.

Spain's Jon Rahm celebrates winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with girlfriend Kelley Cahill at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

Spain's Jon Rahm celebrates winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with girlfriend Kelley Cahill at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Jon Rahm on the 17th tee box

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm on the 17th tee box Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm on the 1st tee. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm on the 1st tee. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Paul Dunne on the 18th green. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Paul Dunne on the 18th green. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Paul Dunne on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Paul Dunne on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Open trophy 

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Open trophy Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Paul Dunne on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Paul Dunne on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Julien Quesne

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Julien Quesne Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

France's Julien Quesne leads the way at Galgorm (Matt Mackey/PressEye)

France's Julien Quesne leads the way at Galgorm (Matt Mackey/PressEye)

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Open trophy 

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Open trophy Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry plays into the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry plays into the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry plays into the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry plays into the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Scott Hend

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Scott Hend Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Hideto Tanihara

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Hideto Tanihara Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Benjamin Hebert

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Benjamin Hebert Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Scott Hend

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Scott Hend Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Hideto Tanihara

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Hideto Tanihara Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Benjamin Hebert

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Benjamin Hebert Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Hideto Tanihara

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Hideto Tanihara Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im and Jon Rahm on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im and Jon Rahm on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Jon Rahm on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im and Jon Rahm on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im and Jon Rahm on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Irish Open and The Open trophy on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Irish Open and The Open trophy on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Daniel Im

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Daniel Im Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Irish Open and The Open trophy on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Irish Open and The Open trophy on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Jon Rahm

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Jon Rahm Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Open trophy on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Open trophy on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Jon Rahm

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Jon Rahm Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Daniel Im

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Daniel Im Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. 
 
 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland.

Ballyliffin Golf Club to host the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
 
Pictured at the announcement of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2018 Hosted by the Rory Foundation are John Tracey - Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of  Dubai Duty Free, Keith Pelley - Chief Executive of the European Tour, Barry Funston - Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation and John Ferran - General Manager Ballyliffin Golf Club.

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Ballyliffin Golf Club to host the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Pictured at the announcement of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2018 Hosted by the Rory Foundation are John Tracey - Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, Keith Pelley - Chief Executive of the European Tour, Barry Funston - Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation and John Ferran - General Manager Ballyliffin Golf Club.

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

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Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm wins his first European Tour victory. 9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye.

Former Minister for Communities Paul Givan says that getting the Irish Open to come back north of the border is an excellent boost for tourism in Northern Ireland.

Portstewart has just finished hosting another successful tournament, following in the footsteps of Royal Portrush in 2012 and Royal County Down in 2015, as 92,534 spectators descended upon the links course.

And Givan, who attended the event himself on the Friday, says it's great to see it doing so well when it does make the journey across the border. "Getting it back initially was a big thing, firstly to Portrush in 2012 and then Newcastle and now Portstewart," he said.

"Maintaining that cycle of Northern Ireland getting its fair share of the Irish Open is something that's very important and something that the Executive were very keen to secure.

"I know there was a lot of support provided by the Executive and by the European Tour to bring it to Northern Ireland. This is a demonstration that Northern Ireland can host excellent events.

"It's a fantastic experience, Portstewart is one of the jewels in the crown of Northern Ireland golf. The fans came, the atmosphere was good and we've been treated to a fantastic spectacle with some of the scores shot by the players."

This is the final time Northern Ireland will host a tournament of this magnitude before the big one reaches our shores - the 2019 Open Championship, which will be held at the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush.

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But Givan believes that having the Irish Open coming every other year will be the perfect preparation for when the Major championship does roll around.

"Of course this is the build up to The Open coming to Portrush in 2019, which is going to be a massive occasion for Northern Ireland," Givan says. "Portstewart put on a great show and when we get The Open it'll be a massive occasion."

With golf tourism such a big industry for Northern Ireland, what with so many world renowned courses across the country, having an event like this, which is broadcast all over the world, goes a long way to helping too.

"I've been able to watch a little bit of the TV coverage and they've shown a lot of the beautiful scenery around the north coast and that's something that goes all across the world when people watch it and it makes them want to come," Givan believes.

"When people see these courses they will come to Northern Ireland to play them. And that's something that will benefit our economy."


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