Rory McIlroy is preparing for an emotional return to the Irish Open this week.
The world number two recorded his first professional win on Irish soil in 2016 at the County Kildare-based K Club.
By the time he won this tournament, he had already earned four Majors, but it was still a poignant moment for the now 34-year-old.
McIlroy sealed the win with an excellent birdie-par-eagle finish to secure victory by three strokes.
The Irishman missed last year’s event but will use this one to help prepare for the Ryder Cup later this month.
But he isn’t the only star attraction, with Shane Lowry, Adam Scott and Min Woo Lee also taking part.
Horizon Irish Open: Date and how to follow
This tournament is being held from Thursday, September 7 to Sunday, September 10.
It is taking place at The K Club in County Kildare. The course is a par 72 and measures 7,350 yards in length.
Play is set to get underway at 7:30am in rounds one and two.
The action will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Golf from 1pm on Thursday.
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Horizon Irish Open: Field and tee times
A field consisting of 156 players will start and take part in the opening two rounds before the cut on Friday night.
McIlroy is joined by Irishmen Lowry and Padraig Harrington. Former Major champions Scott and Danny Willett are also set to tee off.
Poland’s Adrian Meronk is the defending champion, and he’s back to see if he can retain the crown in the face of fierce competition.
The tee times for the opening two rounds have been confirmed and can be found here.
McIlroy will play the opening two days alongside Meronk and American star Billy Horschel.
Horizon Irish Open: What’s been said?
McIlroy is delighted to be returning to The K Club.
He said: “The Irish Open is a tournament that I grew up not just watching on TV but attending as a kid, seeing all my favourite players there over the years.
“It’s always been such a well-supported event. I’ve had my fair share of support and great memories at that tournament, and going back to The K Club, it’s where I’ve had the most success, and I’m obviously excited to get back there.
“The atmosphere was electric during that final round in 2016, and I’m looking forward to seeing the fans out in force at The K Club once again.”
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