Rory McIlroy will return to compete in the Irish Open at Mount Juliet in July after missing last year’s tournament at Galgorm Castle.
A limited number of spectators will be allowed on-site to watch McIlroy and his fellow major Irish champions Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell compete in the event.
McIlroy hosted the tournament from 2015 to 2018 and won the K Club in 2016.
“I’m really excited to come back and play the Irish Open,” said McIlroy.
“I have so many amazing memories of this event over the years, including my victory in 2016, and I think it will be a pretty special week in July with the fans coming back. I’m really excited to be playing in front again.” , added the world number 10.
Defending Open champion Lowry added: “I can’t wait to come back and play in front of the Irish crowd again.
“I was really looking forward to doing it as an Open champion before defending the Claret Jug and hope to be able to put on a show for them in Mount Juliet for what will certainly be a week to remember.”
Lowry and Harrington competed in the September 2020 Irish Open in Galgorm, County Antrim but, like McIlroy, McDowell was out.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, with a percentage donated to key frontline workers in recognition of their dedicated work throughout the pandemic.
The Irish Open purse has been raised to £ 2.7million, although the tournament will not be part of the Rolex Series.
The Kilkenny site was expected to host the 2020 version of the event before Covid-19 resulted in a postponement.
Galgorm Castle then hosted the tournament with a significantly reduced prize fund of £ 1.13million.
In 2019, when the event was one of the elite events of the European Tour, the Irish Open prize fund was £ 5.6million.