Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will take part in this May's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mount Juliet.

The 30-year-old missed the tournament in Lahinch last year to focus on preparing for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

He is back for the 2020 edition though, taking his place alongside the likes of Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry and tournament host Graeme McDowell in a top-class Co Kilkenny field.

"I'm looking forward to it a lot," said McIlroy, who hosted the Irish Open from 2015 to 2018 and won the title in 2016.

"It’s a bit different going back for a May date as opposed to July, and at a parkland course at Mount Juliet. I’ve never played the course but got good memories; it was the first time I ever watched Tiger Woods play in person.

"My dad drove me down and we watched the WGC there and that was really cool, so it’ll be exciting to tee it up there myself and try to win a tournament there.

"I enjoyed hosting the event - it’s a privilege to host your national open. I would say to GMac, just try and prepare as best he can for the tournament and make sure he gets his work in before the week. You’ve got a lot going on, but I think everyone who hosts a tournament knows that."