WATCH: Offaly's Shane Lowry draws huge crowd at Irish Open Pro-Am

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WATCH: Offaly's Shane Lowry draws huge crowd at Irish Open Pro-Am

Limerick hurler Cian Lynch, front, centre, with Shane Lowry, right, and Clare's Shane O'Donnell, blue top, during the Pro Am at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch

Offaly's Shane Lowry, the No. 35 golfer in the world, and his playing partners, hurlers Joe Canning, Cian Lynch and Shane O'Donnell, attracted the biggest gallery of the morning starters in the Pro-Am at the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club.

2009 Irish Open winner Lowry, who won the tournament at Co Louth Golf Club as an amateur, was joined by the Galway, Limerick and Clare stars on the course on Wednesday. 

The players were greeted by sunny, warm conditions with only a light breeze blowing across the famed West Clare links which is in pristine condition for the visit of many of the world's top golfers.

Thousands of golf fans flocked to the course to watch the starts of sport and entertainment showcase their golf skills in the company of Europe's leading professionals on Pro-Am day, the traditional eve of the tournament event.

The star hurlers took time out to sign autographs and take selfies for delighted sports action.

Up to 100,000 golf fans are set to descend on the seaside town of Lahinch between now and Sunday.

Some of Ireland’s most notable celebrities have headed to the links this week to compete in the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open Pro-Am.

Former One Direction star and keen golfer Niall Horan is set to draw a large crowd on Wednesday afternoon when he gets his round underway at Lahinch 1.30pm, with fellow Irish popstars Keith Duffy – formerly of Boyzone – and former Westlife singer Brian McFadden among the celebrities taking part.

In addition to world-renowned actor James Nesbitt, there are also a host of Irish legends from the sporting world set to compete, including rugby heroes Paul O’Connell and Keith Wood, superstar jockeys AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh.

This year's Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open is part of the Rolex Series and boasts a total prize fund of $7 million.

Many of the world's top golfers including Spaniard Jon Rahm, former World number one Martin Kaymer, Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood and Lowry are set to thrill the fans this week.

Tournament organisers say tickets for Saturday and Sunday at the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open are now in limited supply and may sell out during this week.

The organisers are 'strongly advising fans planning to attend at the weekend to purchase their tickets in advance online, otherwise, there is a chance they may not gain admittance at the gate.'