Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama will make his first appearance at a regular European Tour tournament when the World Number Four takes to the tee 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 thanks to his scintillating form since May of last year which has yielded three victories on the US PGA Tour, including at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, and two runner-up finishes.
The Irish Open gets underway in Portstewart Golf Club and it will be Matsuyama’s maiden appearance in Ireland at the country's national championship.
He will be playing alongside a plethora of the game’s biggest names such as McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett and many more.
Matsuyama's involvement provides another significant boost to what is already expected to be the biggest in the tournament’s long history. and he is eager to get going:
“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."
In his last seven appearances in golf’s big four, Matsuyama 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.
Matsuyama finished up acknowledging the work McIlroy put into promoting the Irish Open:
“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.”