Rafa Cabrera Bello will be hoping to emulate his Spanish compatriot Jon Rahm by claiming the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open title this July. And his 2016 Ryder Cup team-mates – English trio Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood and Danny Willett – have also confirmed their participation in the prestigious Rolex Series event.As one of the European Tour’s eight Rolex Series events, the Irish Open will carry extra Ryder Cup points for those players hoping to earn a place in Thomas Bjørn’s team for Le Golf National in September.And following his impressive debut performance at Hazeltine National in 2016, Cabrera Bello will be hoping for a big summer if he is to have a chance of playing in Paris in four months’ time.“I am really looking forward to returning to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and playing in front of the Irish crowds again,” said Cabrera Bello. “It is a tournament which has been very good to me through the years and I love links … [Read more...] about Dubai Duty Free Irish Open: Spanish ace up for Ballyliffin challenge
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The European Tour confirmed today that the event would be coming to the Banner county for the first time in its 91-year history from July 4-7. As a Rolex Series event, the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will once again feature a minimum prize fund of $7 million and will attract a world-class field to Lahinch Golf Club, providing a huge boost to the local and national economy. Paul McGinley will host the event, taking over from Rory McIlroy. Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “I am delighted to announce today that the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will be played at Lahinch Golf Club, continuing our desire to take the tournament to Ireland’s great links. “We extend our grateful thanks to everyone at the golf club, the local authorities in County Clare and everyone in the south west of Ireland for coming together to make this happen. The tournament is one of the great and historic events on the European Tour, raised to a new level in recent … [Read more...] about Lahinch Golf Club to host 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Roger Federer is running out of time to accept a wild card to play in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as the deadline to confirm his participation approaches. The 36-year-old is considering returning to the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, which he has won on seven previous occasions, but has yet to declare his intentions. Dubai was expected to be Federer's next port of call after he won the Australian Open but accepting an offer to play the Rotterdam Open – where he became the oldest world number one in history – has thrown his participation into major doubt. Having not been included in the list of direct entrants into the tournament – world number five Grigor Dimitrov is currently the top seed - Federer needs a wild card to compete in the event. ATP rules state that a tournament must declare its wild card entries by 12pm EST [5pm GMT] on the Friday before the main draw is scheduled to start. Tournament organisers are yet to confirm any of its four … [Read more...] about Will Roger Federer play the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships?
A duty-free discount event at Heathrow has resulted in Chinese passengers threatening to boycott the airport after they were allegedly required to spend hundreds of pounds more than customers from other nationalities to benefit. According to a number of shoppers, some Chinese travellers were required to spend as much as £1,000, or even more, to enjoy VIP discount vouchers offer from World Duty Free . They alleged that shoppers from other countries were able to spend as little as £79 to get the same vouchers, and claimed this was racial discrimination. Numerous reviews and comments have since been posted on Heathrow Airport's Facebook page by Chinese customers who discovered the "unfair" promotion. Eileen Xiao, a student at Coventry University, said she was "so upset and angry" by the "racial discrimination". "We need an explanation," she added, in a post in which she shared screenshots of three reviews from Chinese people making the claims. The allegations were also made in … [Read more...] about Chinese passengers threaten Heathrow boycott after ‘racial discrimination’ in duty-free offer
Heathrow Airport has condemned a duty free promotion which was deemed to be 'racist' towards Chinese people. The promotional event held by World Duty Free, a commercial partner of Heathrow which runs shops in the busy airport, required Chinese travellers to pay a minimum spend of £1,000 to receive a 20 per cent discount. Shoppers from elsewhere in the world were given the same discount after spending just £250 on goods. Chinese customers took to social media platform Weibo to express their outrage at the apparent discrimination after it was written about in a blog post that was shared more than 75,000 times. Mengyun Xiao said: “I am so naïve that I believed I needed to spend £500 to get the VIP voucher (coz It just changed from £300 to £500 today morning) before! The World Duty Free shop cheated me! Why should we suffer this unfair racism?” Kayla Luo, accused the airport shop of providing “world class racist … [Read more...] about Chinese furious at ‘racist’ duty free promotion at Heathrow airport