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Saturday 1 October 2016

McIlroy brings in big guns

Rory McIlroy's powers of persuasion have resulted in US Open champion Martin Kaymer, former world number one Luke Donald and American Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed in confirming their participation in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

McIlroy's foundation is hosting the event at Royal County Down from May 28-31 and the world number one has been a major influence in attracting a top-class field, who will compete for a prize fund of e2.5million

Deposed Masters champion Bubba Watson had to settle for an opening-day 70 to sit four shots off Huang Wen-yi's lead at the Shenzhen International.

The American's 70 leaves him in joint 17th place.

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