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Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama adds Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to schedule

June 11, 2017

JAPANESE superstar Hideki Matsuyama will make his first appearance at a regular European Tour event when the world number four tees it up at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation from July 6-9.
The 25-year-old has become one of the hottest properties in the game following three victories on the US PGA Tour, including the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
It’s a big boost to the tournament to have another bright young talent committed to playing at Portstewart alongside two other world top 10 players in Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm.
Matsuyama is considered one of Japan’s best bets to finally make that Major Championship breakthrough.In his last seven appearances in golf’s big four, he has claimed three top tens and two more top 20 finishes, while he also finished in the top ten at both The Open Championship and US Open Championship back in his first year as a professional back in 2013.
His form has tailed off somewhat in recent months and he admitted going into the recent Memorial Tournament – where he finished tied for 45th – that, “my swing isn’t where I’d like it to be and I’m not putting very well” but he will still go into this week’s US Open as one of the favourites.
He said: “I am really looking forward to playing the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the first time. I have heard great things about the tournament and about the Northern Irish fans.

“It is important to play some links golf ahead of The Open Championship and I’m sure Portstewart will be the perfect preparation for me.

“I know Rory puts a lot into this tournament and he has done an incredible job raising its profile. I’m really excited and I know it will be a great week.”
Matsuyama’s compatriot Hideto Tanihara has also confirmed his participation at Portstewart, with the World Number 47 making his debut at the event having finished in a share of third at the very first Rolex Series event – the BMW PGA Championship – two weeks ago.

Tickets to see Matsuyama, Tanihara and the numerous other superstars at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation are on sale at, and begin at £20 for Pro-Am Wednesday, with tickets for Thursday and Friday costing £40 and day tickets for the weekend costing £45.
An adult season souvenir ticket, which covers five days of world class golf from Wednesday to Sunday, costs just £100 (a saving of £90 over the course of the five days).
Concessions are available for customers aged over 60 and between 16 and 21, while children under 16 are permitted free entry when accompanied by a
ticket holding adult.
To get a full seated view of all of the drama
at the 18th green, grandstand tickets cost an additional £11.50 for Thursday and Friday, £16.50 for Saturday and £21.50 for Sunday.



Parsons named Teaching Professional of the Year

December 18, 2014
Sanjay Malhotra - General Manager - Retail & Private Banking National Bank of Oman presenting Justin Parson with his Teaching Professional of the Year award

Sanjay Malhotra – General Manager – Retail & Private Banking National Bank of Oman presenting Justin Parson with his Teaching Professional of the Year award

Killinchy (Co Down) born Justin Parsons has been named Teaching Professional of the Year at the Middle East Golf Awards hosted by Sport360.
The 38-year-old, a member of Michael Hoey’s coaching team, topped a 12 person short list via an on-line poll.
Parsons, who began his PGA career working at Knock Golf Club in Belfast moved to Dubai 10 years ago and is currently the Director of Golf at the Butch Harmon School of Golf at The Els Club in Dubai Sports City.
It is a position that has brought him into contact with a host of the world’s best golfers including Rory McIlroy, Trevor Immelman, Dustin Johnson, David Howell, Colin Montgomerie, Peter Uilhein, Brooks Koepka and Gareth Maybin.
“Claude (Harmon) and I talk every week on the phone and Butch sent me a nice text congratulating me for the award. It’s great to have those guys available to lean on for advice and support,” said Justin who is married with one daughter.
Justin started playing golf at Mahee Island GC before moving to Downpatrick GC and later, when he went to school at Campbell College in Belfast, he joined Knock.
His career has taken him from Knock, to Blackwood GC and then in 2004 he began working as an instructor at the academy at The Montgomerie, Dubai.
He quickly progressed to the position of Director of Instruction, completing three years there and joined Claude Harmon III at the pre-opening phase of The Butch Harmon School.
He was appointed Director of Golf at the Butch Harmon School in 2010.