Over the years Lahinch Golf Club has welcomed many of the greatest players in the world. Here are some of the Major winners who have played our course.
Paul McGinley won 4 times on the European Tour and won the World Cup for Ireland in 1997 playing alongside Padraig Harrington. Paul represented Europe in three successful Ryder Cups (2002, 2004, 2006) and captained Europe to victory at Gleneagles, Scotland in 2014. Paul was integral to Lahinch hosting the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with Paul owing a lot of his success as a pro to Lahinch as winning the 1991 South of Ireland Championship resulted in him being selected for the GB&I Walker Cup team later that year.
Jon Rahm emerged a worthy champion of the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open playing some exhilarating golf during the week. Rahm enthused that he has played some of the best courses in the world and that Lahinch was one of the best. Rahm is a multiple winner on both the European Tour and PGA Tour and was a member of the winning 2018 Walker Cup team.
Phil Mickelson is an Honorary Overseas Life member at Lahinch. He played the Old Course at Lahinch for the 1st time with the other members of the United States Walker Cup team, including David Duval, in September 1991. He also played at Lahinch prior to the British Open in 2001. Phil has described Lahinch and Augusta as his two favourite golf courses. ” … I’m a member at Lahinch which is one of my favourite courses.”
Padraig Harrington won the Irish Close Championship at Lahinch in 1995. He is a 3-time Major winner and has represented Europe in the Ryder Cup on 6 occasions.Padraig will Captain the 2020 European Ryder Cup Team in Whistling Straits.
Shane Lowry was another one of the World’s best players to play in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. He went on to win the 2019 Open Championship in Royal Portrush 2 weeks after and put a lot of his success down to his preparation on the tough challenge at Lahinch. Shane has won multiple times on the European Tour including a WGC victory at Firestone Golf Club in Akron Ohio.
Graeme McDowell won the South of Ireland Championship in Lahinch in 2000 and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup in 2001. He won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 and has represented Europe in the Ryder Cup on 4 occasions.
Darren Clarke played on the Irish International Amateur team that won the Home Internationals at Lahinch in 1987 and won the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch in 1990. He won the Open Championship at Royal Sandwich in 2011 and represented Europe in the Ryder Cup on 5 occasions.
Ken Venturi was the Clubs first Honorary Overseas Life Member. He played the Old Course on many occasions during numerous visits to Lahinch since the late 1980’s. Ken won the U.S. Open Championship in 1964 and represented the United States in the 1965 Ryder Cup. Following his death in 2013, the Club named the bi-annual overseas member/guest tournament in his memory.
Greg Norman played the Old Course at Lahinch on a number of occasions including on 8th July 1989. He won the Open Championship in 1986 and in 1993 and won 88 events as a professional, including 20 times on the PGA Tour.
Louis Oosthuizen the 2010 Open Champion at St. Andrew’s was one of the marquee names to play in the 2019 DDFIO. Louis has won 15 times worldwide in his career and is a regular contender in the Major Championships.
Ian Poulter the “Postman” for Europe in the Ryder Cup on many occasions took to the West Clare Links for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. He said that the course was a challenge and there was a premium on accuracy which suited his game as well as being ideal preparation for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Poulter is a multiple winner across the globe as well as being the Stallworth of many victorious Ryder Cups.
Martin Kaymer is a two-time Major Winner and former world number 1. He pitted his skills for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch. Kaymer is a serial winner winning 14 times between the PGA Tour and European Tour and playing in 4 Ryder Cups including holding the winning putt in the miraculous comeback in Medinah in 2012.
Danny Willett the 2016 Masters Champion played in the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Willett has one some of the biggest events on the European Tour including the BMW Championship and DP World Tour Championship. His visit to Lahinch was good preparation for the Open Championship in Royal Portrush, finishing Tied 6th and contending on the final day.
Stewart Cink played the Old Course at Lahinch on 12th July 2009 and went on to win the British Open Championship one week later at Turnberry! He was a member of the United States Ryder Cup team on 5 occasions and has won six events on the PGA Tour. Stewart is an Honorary Overseas Life member at Lahinch.
Davis Love III
Davis Love III played the Old Course at Lahinch on 7th July 2005 in preparation for the Open Championship at St.Andrews. He won the U.S. PGA Championship in 1997. He represented the United States in the Ryder Cup on 6 occasions and served as Captain of the United States Ryder Cup team in 2012 and 2016.
Tommy Fleetwood played in the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and said that Lahinch was one of the most beautiful courses he has played and in particular enjoyed the unique challenge of both the famous Dell and Klondyke. Tommy has been a regular challenger in the Major Championships and a prolific winner on the European Tour as well as a member of the victorious 2018 Ryder Cup team.
Bubba Watson came to Ireland in 1996 with his high school. Lahinch was his first links experience and he played twice where he has fond memories of the Dell. He won the Masters Tournament in 2012 & 2014.
Thomas Bjorn the 2018 winning Ryder Cup Captain was excited to come and play in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and play “one of the great links courses in the world”. Thomas has won 21 times worldwide as a professional and has been ever present on the professional circuit the last 20 years.
Jim Furyk played the Old Course at Lahinch on 8th July 1998. He won the U.S. Open Championship in 2003 and won 16 events on the PGA Tour. He represented the United States in the Ryder Cup on 9 occasions and captained the United States Ryder Cup team in 2018.
Luke Donald played the Old Course at Lahinch in July 2010, one week before The Open Championship. He is a 4-time Ryder Cup player and was ranked world #1 golfer in 2011.
Trevor Immelman put on the Green jacket as Masters Champion in 2008 fending off Tiger Woods in the process. Trevor has won 11 times worldwide including twice on the PGA Tour and three times on the European Tour.