Ruaidhri McGee is ready to tee off at the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open after taking up an invite secured by Sport Ireland.
McGee and Cormac Sharvin have the highest playing category among Team Ireland Golf members not already in the field.
27-year-old Derry man is a grandson of the late Michael McGee from Downings, the former Highland Radio GAA correspondent.
At last year’s Irish Open, Gavin Moynihan received a similar invite and went on to card a final-round 64, which saw him finish in the top 15 and collect a cool €84,505 for his trouble.
McGee and Sharon will be playing for a share of the $7 million prize fund in this European Tour Rolex Series tournament and that represents a great opportunity via Sport Ireland, said Team Ireland Golf team leader Des Smyth.
“For our emerging professionals who have limited playing opportunities on the European Tour, an invitation to an event as prestigious as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is extremely valuable,” Smyth said.
“Cormac Sharvin and Ruaidhri McGee will have the chance to test themselves against the very best and most importantly, they can earn significant prize money and world ranking points – which are the two things that matter most for a professional golfer.
“Without the support of Sport Ireland, players like Cormac and Ruaidhri would not get this opportunity. I am grateful to Sport Ireland for their commitment to Team Ireland Golf.”
McGee is 57th on the European Challenge Tour rankings and has one top-ten finish so far this season.
Back in 2015, he was 27th on the European Challenge and has been professional since 2010.Tags: