Martin Kaymer Added To The List Of Big Names For Irish Open

McIlroy’s persuasive power ensures another big name in the richest Irish open. US Open champion Martin Kaymer confirmed that he will be joining the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open next month. Kaymer will be accompanied by five current or former players who have been world number one like current Number One Rory McIlroy, Donald, Ernie, Els, and Lee Westwood and eight Major Champions McIlroy, Els, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington, José Maria Olazábal and Paul Lawrie. McIlroy’s charity and The Rory Foundation are hosting the Irish Open to support and promote the event in his native Down. The tournament will take place from May 38-31. The Dubai Duty Free is the title sponsor of the tour and the prize fund will increase by 25% to €2.5 million with the 2015 champion taking home €416,660. Last year Mikko Ilonen won the title and took home €333,330.

The championship director Antonia Beggs has said that Rory wishes to reel in more big names in the tournament. 20,000 spectators per day will be able to attend, whereas during the Sunday’s final round they are already close to a sell-out. 22% of the tickets have been bought from outside Northern Ireland.

Martin Kaymer is a professional golfer from Germany

Martin Kaymer is a professional golfer from Germany, playing for both the European Tour and the US PGA Tour, the two premier golf tours in the world. He is a two time major championship winner and had an eight week spell at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking in 2011.

Born in the city of Dusseldorf in Germany, Kaymer turned professional full time in 2005 at the age of 20 years. He has won eleven tournaments so far on the European Tour including four titles in 2010 that earned him the honour of being the first person to win the Race to Dubai, which was previously known as the Order of Merit. Among those four wins was the PGA Championship, which made him the first German since Bernhard Langer (and only the second in history) to win a major championship.

That same year, he won a World Golf Championship event, the World Golf Championship – HSBC Champions to become one of only ten golfers to win both a major title and a World Golf Championship title in the same year.

Martin Kaymer sank the final putt on the 18th hole on the final day of the Ryder Cup in 2012 as Team Europe overcame a deficit of four points to win the event against the United States.