The world’s top golfers could well be teeing it up in Inishowen in three years time if Ballyliffin Golf Club’s bid to host the 2019 Irish Open is accepted by the European Tour. The likes of Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and possibly even Jordan Spieth could be in attendance as the Irish Open of 2019 is expected to take place a week before the British Open in Portrush. It’s expected that the top players from both the European and PGA Tour in America would use the Irish Open as ideal preparation for the British Open in Portrush the following week. General manager of Ballyliffin Golf Club, John Farren told the Inishowen Independent this week he was happy with the bid the club have submitted. “We met with European Tour officials at the K Club two weeks ago and we are very happy with the bid we have submitted to them. This is one of the premier events on the European Tour and it’s obviously the premier event in Irish golf. It would help to put Ballyliffin, Donegal and the greater North West area on the map and we would be delighted to get it,” said Farren. Farren confirmed that the bid to host the event which could attract upwards of 100,000 spectators to Ballyliffin had the backing of all the top Irish players. “The Irish players are fully behind it. The likes of McIlroy, McDowell, Clarke, Lowry and Harrington have all told me that they think it’s a great idea,” he said. At the moment, Farren is not aware of any other bid being made to the European Tour, while he insisted the benefits of holding such an event would be great on both sides of the border. “This is very much a cross border effort. With so many spectators coming from all over the world, we would need to work with hotels in Derry and beyond to try and get them to come on board. All in all we are very happy with the bid, it’s now a matter of waiting to see what the Tour come back with,” he concluded.