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In the swing: Rory in pro-am action at Portstewart yesterday

In the swing: Rory in pro-am action at Portstewart yesterday

In the swing: Rory in pro-am action at Portstewart yesterday

Generous Rory McIlroy will tee off in front of the biggest gallery of the day at Portstewart at 1.20pm this lunchtime, aiming to make a million.

That is his charity target with McIlroy ready to once again donate all his winnings from this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to the Rory Foundation, his own charitable foundation and the tournament host.

Last year, the four-time Major winner donated his winning prize cheque of €666,660 from The K Club to the Foundation, which contributes to various local children's charities and which has chosen Sport Changes Life and The Harry Gregg Foundation as the beneficiaries from this year's event.

On top of McIlroy's own contribution to the Rory Foundation, the European Tour organisers will donate £100,000. With a total prize fund of £5.5million and £900,000 to the winner, Portstewart is set to deliver a significant charity boost from a tournament ready to kick on from the buzz of yesterday's hugely entertaining, star-studded pro-am.

Eager to get started, defending champion McIlroy said: "The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has become one of the biggest weeks in the year, not only for me, but for our Foundation. We're able to raise a lot of money for worthy causes during this week, and that started on Tuesday night with a great evening in Belfast with Pep Guardiola. We were able to raise a lot of money through that.

"I'm able to donate my prize money to the Foundation as well and obviously, with a £5.5million prize fund that is going to be substantial if I play any way decent. It's an added bonus that the European Tour Foundation has pledged £100,000 to our Foundation.

"We raised over a €1 million last year and hopefully we can do the same this year."

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Jamie Dornan, Justin Rose, Jimmy Nesbitt and Steve Martin tee off  (Pacemaker)

Jamie Dornan, Justin Rose, Jimmy Nesbitt and Steve Martin tee off (Pacemaker)

Jamie Dornan, Justin Rose, Jimmy Nesbitt and Steve Martin tee off (Pacemaker)

Jamie Dornan, Justin Rose, Jimmy Nesbitt and Steve Martin tee off (Pacemaker)

Jamie Dornan, Justin Rose, Jimmy Nesbitt and tee off

Jamie Dornan, Justin Rose, Jimmy Nesbitt and tee off

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Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Jamie Dornan, Justin Rose, Jimmy Nesbitt and tee off

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Jamie Dornan, Justin Rose, Jimmy Nesbitt and tee off

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Jamie Dornan tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Jamie Dornan tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

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Jimmy Nesbitt tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Jimmy Nesbitt tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Jamie Dornan poses for a photograph with a fan during the Pro-Am day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Jamie Dornan poses for a photograph with a fan during the Pro-Am day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.

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Jamie Dornan during the Pro-Am day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Jamie Dornan during the Pro-Am day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.

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Jamie Dornan tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Jamie Dornan tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

James Nesbitt poses for a photograph with fans during the Pro-Am day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.

James Nesbitt poses for a photograph with fans during the Pro-Am day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Niall Carson/PA Wire.

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Rory McIlroy, AP McCoy and Pep Guardiola on the 7th during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy, AP McCoy and Pep Guardiola on the 7th during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

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Rory McIlroy and Dermot Desmond on the 6th green during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy and Dermot Desmond on the 6th green during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

AP McCoy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 AP McCoy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Andrew Johnston tees off on the 1st hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Andrew Johnston tees off on the 1st hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Andrew Johnston tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Andrew Johnston tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Pep Guardiola teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Pep Guardiola teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy putting on the 6th green during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy putting on the 6th green during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy helps line up a putt on the 6th green for JP McManus as AP McCoy and Pep Guardiola look during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy helps line up a putt on the 6th green for JP McManus as AP McCoy and Pep Guardiola look during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Pep Guardiola lining up a putt on the 6th green look during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Pep Guardiola lining up a putt on the 6th green look during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

 Pep Guardiola on the 7th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Pep Guardiola on the 7th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Dermot Desmond on the 7th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Dermot Desmond on the 7th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

JP McManus on the 7th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 JP McManus on the 7th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy, Pep Guardiola and AP McCoy on the 2nd hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy, Pep Guardiola and AP McCoy on the 2nd hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy and Pep Guardiola on the 2nd hole  during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy and Pep Guardiola on the 2nd hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy playing his second shot on the 5th during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy playing his second shot on the 5th during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 6th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Pep Guardiola plays out of the bunker on the 4th during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Pep Guardiola plays out of the bunker on the 4th during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy on the 4th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy on the 4th hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy walks off the 3rd tee during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy walks off the 3rd tee during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Pep Guardiola plays out of the bunker on the 4th during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Pep Guardiola plays out of the bunker on the 4th during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy on the 5th green during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy on the 5th green during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a putt on the 5th green during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy reacts after missing a putt on the 5th green during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy on the 5th green during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy on the 5th green during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy, Dermot Desmond and JP McManus playing in the Pro-Am during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy, Dermot Desmond and JP McManus playing in the Pro-Am during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 3rd hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy teeing off on the 3rd hole during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy walks off the 3rd tee during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy walks off the 3rd tee during the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017

Rory McIlroy, Dermot Desmond and JP McManus playing in the Pro-Am during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com 

Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

PressEye Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory McIlroy, Dermot Desmond and JP McManus playing in the Pro-Am during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Golf Championship at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com Picture by Peter Morrison/PressEye.com

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Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Rory McIlroy on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Rory McIlroy on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Rory McIlroy on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy on the first tee with Pep Guardiola, JP McManus, Dermot Desmond and Tony McCoy

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Rory McIlroy on the first tee with Pep Guardiola, JP McManus, Dermot Desmond and Tony McCoy

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy on the first tee with Pep Guardiola, JP McManus.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Rory McIlroy on the first tee with Pep Guardiola, JP McManus.

Rory McIlroy hits his opening tee-shot at the Irish Open Pro Am on Wednesday.

Rory McIlroy hits his opening tee-shot at the Irish Open Pro Am on Wednesday.

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Rory McIlroy on the first tee

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Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy signs an autograph for one excited young fan

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Rory McIlroy signs an autograph for one excited young fan

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Rory McIlroy on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Rory McIlroy on the first tee

Rory McIlroy arrives at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Rory McIlroy arrives at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Paddy Wallace tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Paddy Wallace tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Harry Dimond tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Harry Dimond tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Tom McKibbin has won another top title in America.

Tom McKibbin has won another top title in America.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Miguel Ángel Jiménez tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Miguel Ángel Jiménez tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Padraig Harrington tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Padraig Harrington tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Darren Clarke tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Darren Clarke tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Miguel Ángel Jiménez tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Miguel Ángel Jiménez tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Darren Clarke tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Darren Clarke tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Rory Mcliroy meets with Harry Gregg at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory Mcliroy meets with Harry Gregg at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 

Rory Mcliroy meets with Harry Gregg at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th July 2017 Rory Mcliroy meets with Harry Gregg at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Invitational Pro-Am at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Miguel Angel Jimenez on the putting greens

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Miguel Angel Jimenez on the putting greens

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Local hero Darren Clarke on the putting green

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Local hero Darren Clarke on the putting green

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Local hero Darren Clarke tees off

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Local hero Darren Clarke tees off

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Local hero Darren Clarke tees off

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Local hero Darren Clarke tees off

PACEMAKER BELFAST  05/07/2017
Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club.
Local hero Darren Clarke is a big hit with the fans on the first tee

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/07/2017 Wednesday is the PRO AM at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. Local hero Darren Clarke is a big hit with the fans on the first tee

Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro Am on Wednesday.

Graeme McDowell tees off in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro Am on Wednesday.

PressEye

Jamie Dornan, Justin Rose, Jimmy Nesbitt and Steve Martin tee off (Pacemaker)

Belfast Telegraph