Sunday tickets for the 18th grandstand at the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation have sold out completely, and fans hoping to get exclusive front-row seats for the prestigious Rolex Series event are now being urged to act quickly with limited tickets remaining.
With the famously passionate Donegal sports fans gearing up for one of the biggest events Ireland’s northernmost county has ever seen, general ticket sales are well ahead of target for the fourth Rolex Series event of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
Added to that, the promise of spectacular scenery and world-class golf has led to grandstand tickets for championship Sunday selling out, but golf fans looking to get the best seats in the house to watch the game’s elite players still have the opportunity do so for the first three tournament days.
General and grandstand tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – where World Number Four Jon Rahm will defend his title and host Rory McIlroy will attempt to claim his home title for a second time – are available here.
The island of Ireland’s national Open will visit County Donegal for the first time from July 5-8, and a host of star names have confirmed that they will tee it up on Ireland’s picturesque coastline.
Rahm will return having lifted the trophy courtesy of an incredible final round of 65 last year – a score which secured him a record-breaking six-shot triumph with a 24 under par total, also a tournament record.
The Spanish star will face tough challenges from tournament host and 2016 champion McIlroy, Rahm’s fellow countryman and Rolex Series winner Rafa Cabrera Bello, as well as the resurgent 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett and former Ryder Cup team-mates Matthew Fitzpatrick and Chris Wood.
More big names are set to be announced for the fourth tournament of the 2018 Rolex Series, a premium collection of eight events which offer a minimum prize fund of $7,000,000.
Simon Alliss, Championship Director of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, said: “The combination of a stunning setting, a phenomenal golf course, a world-class field and a music extravaganza has led to extremely encouraging ticket sales for this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
“This event is always one of the most eagerly-anticipated on the Irish sporting calendar with incredible support year-on-year, and for this summer’s tournament we are guaranteed to have an amazing atmosphere given the passion of sports fans in County Donegal.
“We are expecting another high-quality Rolex Series field to descend upon Ballyliffin next month, and we have some exciting announcements in store in the coming weeks. Those attending can also expect outstanding food and entertainment – including the Glashedy Sessions music event which will be headlined by Irish favourite Nathan Carter.
“We are all set for what promises to be a memorable week so we encourage Irish sports fans to snap up their tickets ahead of the summer rush and be at Ballyliffin!”
Tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation are on sale at www.europeantour.com/tickets and begin at €20 for Pro-Am Wednesday, with tickets for Thursday and Friday costing €32 and day tickets for the weekend costing €34 each.
An adult season souvenir ticket, which covers five days of world class golf from Wednesday to Sunday, costs just €110. Concessions are available for customers aged over 60 and between 14 and 17, while children up to 13 are permitted free entry when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.
Official Hospitality tickets are also available on the ticketing page, or alternatively contact the European Tour’s dedicated Hospitality Sales Team, who will be happy to answer any queries and discuss the various hospitality options, on firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0) 1344 840681.
About the European Tour
The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2018, the European Tour International Schedule will feature a minimum of 47 tournaments in 30 countries, including eight Rolex Series events, all part of the Race to Dubai.
Celebrating the global connectivity of the European Tour and Dubai, the Race to Dubai is a season-long competition to crown the European Tour’s Number One player, an honour which in 2017 went to England’s Tommy Fleetwood for the first time, and which, since 2009, has also been achieved three times by Rory McIlroy, twice by Henrik Stenson, and once each by Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald.
Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 27 Members celebrate a total of 53 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on the Tour.
The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which featured 27 tournaments in 21 countries in 2017, and the Senior Tour, which featured 16 tournaments in 12 countries in 2017 and which, from the 2018 season onwards, will be known as the Staysure Tour. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup. In 2018, the 42nd staging of the biennial contest between Europe and the United States of America will take place at Le Golf National, France, from September 28-30.
The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to more than 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2,200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Emirates, Hilton and Titleist as Official Partners.
About the Rolex Series
The Rolex Series is the premium tournament category on the European Tour’s International Schedule, comprising eight events in 2018, staged in a variety of golfing locations around the world, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7 million.
Launched in 2017, the Rolex Series showcases innovation, enhanced broadcast and digital coverage, and world class players, with the list of champions in the first year comprising: Alex Noren (Sweden), Tommy Fleetwood (England), two-time winner Jon Rahm (Spain), Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spain), Tyrrell Hatton (England), Justin Rose (England) and Branden Grace (South Africa).
The 2018 roster of Rolex Series tournaments is: the BMW PGA Championship (May 24-27); the Italian Open (May 31-June 3), HNA Open de France (June 28-July 1); the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation (July 5-8); the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (July 12-15); the Turkish Airlines Open (November 1-4); the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player (November 8-11); and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai (November 15-18), where the leading golfer on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex will be crowned.