Tiger Woods could he heading to Ballyliffin for The Irish Open

Tiger Woods could he heading to Ballyliffin for The Irish Open

TIGER WOODS could soon be on his way to Ballyliffin in County Donegal for the upcoming Duty Free Irish Open.

The speculation follows confirmation that Woods will play in The Open at Caroustie.

Woods is targeting a fourth Open Championship and could use the Irish Open as a warm-up before his crack at 15th Major golf title later in July.

Irish golfer Pádraig Harrington sparked the speculation after suggesting the American needs to play more if he is to stand a chance at The Open.

"His [Woods] chances of winning a Major are maybe better than winning a regular event," Harrington said at event for his club sponsors Wilson Golf.

"Two months of playing and two-and-a-half months before he gets to The Open, he could be right on form and ready to go in that."

Rory McIlroy and defending champion Jon Rahm have already confirmed their attendance at the Irish Open, which is taking place at Ballyliffin from July 5-8.

Speaking to Independent.ie, championship director Simon Alliss admitted the addition of Woods to the line-up would take to "another level" while also boosting ticket sales.

"The US Open is coming up next so players' schedules are not yet decided. It would be amazing if Tiger did commit," he said.

"There are a lot of rumours and there is a lot of speculation and if news comes our way, trust me, we will be shouting about it."

The Irish Open has already received one major boost after sponsors Dubai Duty Free committed to a four-year extension of its  sponsorship deal with an agreement running through to 2022.

The deal consists of a guaranteed two-year extension on the current agreement along with an option for another two years. The Irish Open will also offer a minimum $7m guaranteed prize fund.