News & ToursMay 29, 2015

This photo from the Irish Open epitomizes European golf fan dedication

Sure, the weather in Northern Ireland can get nasty. We're sure Europeans are used to the brutal conditions that are common on a golf course.

But we're really impressed by the dedication of the fans at the Irish Open this week. Torrential rain, huge winds? Doesn't matter to them. This is the first time a pro event has been held at the magnificent Royal County Down, and European golf fans will do anything to experience the course as a spectator, as this photo illustrates.

Related: 7 things you need to know about Royal County Down

Yep, those are actual people underneath all those umbrellas. Not for nothing, but if it was the U.S., there's a good chance half of us would be under shelter, watching it on our high-def TVs away from the elements. We applaud you, European golf fans.

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