Graeme McDowell will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the next two years, beginning at Mount Juliet Estate in May.

The 40-year-old succeeds Rory McIlroy and, latterly, Paul McGinley as tournament host of the event.

His stint will begin at the Kilkenny venue, which hosts the island of Ireland's national open for the first time in 25 years from 38-31 May, 2020, while the 2021 venue is yet to be confirmed.

A number of Irish players have agreed to share the duties to lighten the load on McIlroy who was the permanent host, during which time the tournament flourished, becoming part of the European Tour's prestigious Rolex Series in 2017.

McGinley took over last year, with Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke likely to assume the role at some point.

But for now the duty goes to McDowell.

"It’s a huge privilege to have the opportunity to host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in both 2020 and 2021," said the Portrush native.

"The event has gone from strength to strength over the last few years with the support of Dubai Duty Free and the efforts of Rory and Paul as hosts, alongside everybody at the European Tour.

"I’m really looking forward to taking on that responsibility over the next two years and adding to the history of this great tournament, which has become a global spectacle that Irish golf fans can be proud of.

"Our island is famous for its incredible golf courses and passionate golf fans, both north and south of the border, and obviously I would love to bring the event to Northern Ireland in 2021. But my focus now is on next year at Mount Juliet Estate and making sure that is another world-class sporting occasion."

Mount Juliet previously hosted three consecutive editions of the Irish Open from 1993-95 – won respectively by Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Sam Torrance.