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Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry

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Shane Lowry

The European Tour has announced that the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will be played at Galgorm Castle Golf Club from September 24-27.

It will be the first time the Antrim venue has hosted the tournament but the fourth time it has been staged in Northern Ireland since 2012.

The tournament was originally scheduled to take place at Mount Juliet from May 28-31, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and has now moved into the slot vacated by the postponement of the Ryder Cup.

With quarantine restrictions for travellers into the Republic, the decision was made to move the tournament to Northern Ireland, where it will be subject to similar guidelines to the current 'UK Swing' events, including being played behind closed doors.

Shane Lowry carded six birdies and an eagle on the fifth (his 14th hole) in a second-round 63 that has seen him shoot right up the leaderboard for an early tie of fourth at the Wyndham Championship.