Lee Westwood up for Irish Open challenge

Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood

Former World Number One and 23-time European Tour winner Lee Westwood is set to make his long-awaited return to Ireland by confirming he will join a world class field in the 2015 Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down from May 28-31.

Ireland has been a happy hunting ground for the 41 year old Englishman down the years, but this will be the first time in his 22-season European Tour career that Westwood has teed up in Northern Ireland, home of his Ryder Cup colleague and tournament host, Rory McIlroy.

The Florida-based player, currently Number 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has not played in the Irish Open since 2009.

Currently in Malaysia defending the 23rd and most recent European Tour title in his portfolio of victories, said: “I’m really looking forward to playing. I’ve heard a lot about the golf course – County Down has that legendary status.”