Westwood and Willett confirmed for the Irish Open

The English duo will join a star-studded field in Portstewart

Westwood and Willett confirmed for the Irish Open

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Lee Westwood and Danny Willett are the two latest big names to have been confirmed for this year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The English duo will join the likes of Masters runner-up Justin Rose in Portstewart, alongside Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrell Hatton who were also confirmed on Friday morning. 

"The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has always been one of the highlights of the European Tour season and, with it now being part of the Rolex Series, I’m sure it’s going to be even bigger this time around," said Westwood. 

"Going back to a links course this year definitely adds to the appeal for a lot of the guys and I’ve heard great things about Portstewart Golf Club so hopefully I can bring some form into the week and play well in front of the Northern Irish fans – who were fantastic in 2015."

Willett returns to the Irish Open having been in a position to win it last year. He began the final round at The K Club in the final group with eventual winner Rory McIlroy, before dropping back to finish in a tie for 23rd place.  

"I love playing in front of the Irish golf fans," said Willett. "They’ve always given me a great reception, right back to when I played the Walker Cup in Northern Ireland in 2007, and I think that’s part of the reason why I have played so well there in the last few years." 

"It’s good to get some links golf under your belt in the run-up to The Open Championship and I’m sure Portstewart will provide great preparation."

The tournament takes place between July 6th and 9th. The Strand Course in Portstewart will host the event for the first time.