Royal County Down proving a big draw as Irish Open venue

Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Stephen Gallacher and Lee Westwood say they are all looking forward to competing in next month's Irish Open at Royal County Down.

Twice Open champion Els says he is hoping to convince Rory McIlroy to compete in the South African Open later this agreeing after agreeing to play at Royal County Down.

McIlroy's charitable foundation is hosting the 28-31 May event at the Northern Ireland venue and the world number one has coaxed a host of top stars to compete.

US Open champion Martin Kaymer and former world number one Luke Donald were the latest big names to confirm entries for next month's event on Thursday.

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