2013 Irish Open kicks off big week of golf: Preview, Leaderboard

Rory McIlroy is still looking for his mained Irish Open title
Rory McIlroy is still looking for his mained Irish Open title

THERE’S a big week of international golf coming up with the Irish Open the first of a number of feature events.

The Irish love their golf and they are expected to turn out in droves for the 39th running of the Irish Open this week at the Carton House Golf Club in Maynooth, County Kildare.

World Number Two Rory McIlroy hasn’t been in the best of form this year but is still favoured to bounce back and contest for what would be his maiden Irish Open title.

Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjorn and 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley are among the host of European Tour stars competing.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson is the defending champion while Australia’s Brett Rumford was the 2004 champion and has had back to back wins on the tour this year.

There are also two golf majors on this week, the Senior Players Championship on the US Champions Tour where Colin Montgomerie, aged 50 years and a couple of days, will play his first senior tour event, and the US Women’s Open at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, NY.

On the US PGA Tour the AT & T National has attracted a top field including leading Aussies Adam Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman.

2013 Irish Open Australian TV Times

Live Coverage Fox Sports:

1st Round: Thursday, 11pm – 3am. 2nd Round, Friday, 11pm – 3am. 3rd Round, Saturday, 10.30pm – 2am. Final Round, Sunday, 10.30pm – 3am. (Check local guides)

2013 Irish Open Leaderboard

2013 Irish Open Leaderboard

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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