Irish Open Receives 'Massive Boost' As McIlroy Waives $2M Appearance Fee
Golf World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has done the Irish Open "a $2M favor," according to Karl MacGinty of the IRISH INDEPENDENT. McIlroy "should boost attendances" close to Portrush proportions at Carton House in June. It is "a measure of the Hollywood star's loyalty" to the Irish Open that he has waived any appearance fee for teeing it up on the Montgomerie Course from June 27-30. Outside of the Majors, World Golf Championships and a few other showpieces, tournaments "can expect to pay seven-figure sums" to get stars like McIlroy, Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson to support their event. McIlroy's commitment to playing at Carton has been described by his fellow Major champion Padraig Harrington as "fantastic." Harrington said, "It means the event is already on a winner. I'm sure you know how much it costs to get Rory to play an event, and he's playing in the Irish Open for free because he loves to play in it" (IRISH INDEPENDENT, 12/12).