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McKibbin excited for Amgen Irish Open test at Royal County Down – Irish Golfer Magazine

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Tom McKibbin cannot wait to tee it up on home soil later this year when the Amgen Irish Open returns to Royal County Down Golf Club from September 12-15.

The Northern Irishman will be making his third appearance in the island of Ireland’s national open when the popular event is held in Newcastle for the first time since 2015.

He will join Rory McIlroy and other Irish stars Pádraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Séamus Power in the field at Royal County Down, globally recognised as one of the world’s best golf courses, and tickets are available to purchase here.

Last year, McKibbin became the youngest winner from the island of Ireland on the DP World Tour since McIlroy when he claimed the Porsche European Open title. He then went on to make his first appearance as a professional at the Irish Open later that season finishing T39 at The K Club.

The 21-year-old made his Irish Open debut as an amateur at Galgorm Castle Golf Club in 2020 when the event was played behind closed doors, and he now can’t wait to experience the home support in full voice later this year.

“When I heard Royal County Down was going to host the Amgen Irish Open in 2024, I knew it was an event I couldn’t wait to be a part of,” said McKibbin. “It’s an incredible golf course and once you’re out there you can understand why it’s rated so highly by so many.

“Obviously to make my Irish Open debut on home soil four years ago was very special, but it was a very different atmosphere without fans due to the pandemic. So I’m really excited to have the chance to play so close to home in front of some big crowds.

“I had a great experience at The K Club last year and fans from across Ireland are unlike any other we get the chance to play in front of. Everything is set for what should be a memorable week and I’m very excited to get there in September.”

Last year, Vincent Norrman became the first Swedish winner of the Irish Open for more than 20 years when he triumphed at The K Club, carding a final round 65 to win by one stroke. It was the Swede’s second victory in the space of just six worldwide starts.

First played in 1927, the Irish Open is one of the world’s most celebrated national opens, with an impressive list of former champions that includes Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Rory McIlroy, Pádraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Colin Montgomerie, José María Olazábal, Bernhard Langer and Sam Torrance.

General Admission tickets are available for all four tournament days and the Celebrity Pro-Am, taking place on Wednesday September 11. Ticket+ options are sold out from Friday to Sunday, but there is availability for Thursday September 12.

For those seeking a Premium Experience, the Green on 18 package has sold out, but there is availability in The Ballroom for every day of the championship as a private group of ten or in smaller groups on a shared table. Premium Experience options can be viewed here.

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