The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club 2016
19th - 22nd May 2016
The K Club was proud venue and sponsor of the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Having held the 2006 Ryder Cup we are experienced in hosting big international tournaments. However, this was a special event as it was hosted by four time major winner Rory McIlroy and the Rory Foundation. The week teed off on Wednesday with the Pro-Am tournament featuring a host of well-known names partnering with the Tour pros. Niall Horan, Brian O’Driscoll, and AP McCoy, were among some of the high profile competitors.
On Thursday the serious action began and as the sun shone the Smurfit course never looked better. As the television pictures beamed images of The K Club around the world there was huge praise on social media for our brilliant green keeping staff that have worked incredibly hard to get the course looking and playing so well.
Over the four days of play we experienced all 4 seasons, from glorious sunshine to hailstones and everything in between. The threat of lightning suspended play on Day 3. However this didn’t stop the fans from coming in their thousands and there was plenty of action off the course in the tented village to keep everyone entertained. 37 Dawson Street on the 16th provided a great vantage point to enjoy the play and was the place to be for the breaks in play. With the golf off, the music was turned on!
Rory went into the final day battling it out with The Masters' champion Danny Willett. As Willett’s challenge faded, Rory found himself a shot behind to Russell Knox. A magnificent approach shot on the 16th set him on his way, and he closed it out to win with a superb eagle on the 18 to finish three ahead of Knox, securing his first Irish Open, and his first tournament win of 2016.
The tournament was a huge success with over 25,000 fans coming to watch the final day’s play. A great course, great fans and some of world golf’s biggest names ensured that the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will go down as one of the successful to date.