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Irish Open (golf)

 

Irish Open (golf)

Irish Open
Tournament information
Location Ireland – varies; in 2015:
Newcastle, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Established 1927, 89 years ago
Course(s) Royal County Down
Par 71
Length 7,186 yards (6,571 m)[1]
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 2.5 million
Month played May
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Colin Montgomerie (2001)
266 Ross Fisher (2010)
To par −21 Christy O'Connor Jnr (1975)
−21 Bernhard Langer (1984)
Current champion
Søren Kjeldsen
Irish Open (golf) is located in Ireland
Fota Island
Royal Co. Down
Carton House
Royal Portrush
Killarney
County Louth
Adare
Portmarnock
Ballybunion
Druids Glen
Mount Juliet
Belvoir Park
Woodbrook
Cork
Malone
K Club
Locations

The Irish Open is a professional golf tournament on the European Tour. Beginning in 2015, the Irish Open is hosted by Rory McIlroy and his charitable foundation is the main benefactor; the title sponsor is Dubai Duty Free.

The Irish Open was first played in 1927 and was played annually, except for the war years, until 1950. There was a tournament in 1953 but the event was then not played again until revived in 1975. It has been contested annually since then. From 1963 to 1974 Carroll's sponsored a tournament, generally called the Carroll's International and in 1975 they became the sponsor of the Irish Open which became known as the Carroll's Irish Open.

Since 2014, the Irish Open has been one of the qualifying events for the Open Championship. The leading three players who are not already qualified and who finish in the top ten qualify.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Recent sponsorship 2
  • Winners 3
  • Multiple winners 4
  • Future venues 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

The first Irish Open was played at

  • Coverage on the European Tour's official site

External links

  1. ^ "The Irish Open". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Golf - The Irish Open Championship". The Times. 17 August 1927. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Golf - The Irish Open Championship". The Times. 18 August 1927. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "The Irish Open Championship - G Duncan the first holder". The Times. 19 August 1927. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "Irish Open prize money increased".  
  6. ^ "Purse is down but Rory will be there". Irish Times. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dubai Duty Free extends Irish Open sponsorship until 2018". PGA European Tour. 12 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Irish Open: tournament history". European Tour. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Irish Open – Past Winners". Irish Golf Desk. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Past Irish Open Winners". sportsnetwork.com. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 

References

See also

Year Venue County Province
2016 K Club Kildare Leinster
2017 Lough Erne Fermanagh Ulster

Future venues

Name Wins Years
Colin Montgomerie 3 1996, 1997, 2001
Bernhard Langer 3 1984, 1987, 1994
Nick Faldo 3 1991, 1992, 1993
Seve Ballesteros 3 1983, 1985, 1986
Sam Torrance 2 1981, 1995
Ian Woosnam 2 1988, 1989
Mark James 2 1979, 1980
Harry Bradshaw 2 1947, 1949
Ernest Whitcombe 2 1928, 1935
Bob Kenyon 2 1931, 1933

Multiple winners

(a) indicates an amateur golfer

Year Winner Country Venue County Province Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share (£)
Irish Open
1954-74: No tournament
1953 Eric Brown  Scotland Belvoir Park Antrim Ulster 272 1 stroke Harry Weetman £750
1951-52: No tournament
1950 Ossie Pickworth  Australia Royal Dublin Leinster 287 2 strokes John Panton
Norman Von Nida
£400
1949 Harry Bradshaw (2)  Ireland Belvoir Park Antrim Ulster 286 1 stroke Bobby Locke £400
1948 Dai Rees  Wales Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 295 2 strokes Norman Von Nida £400
1947 Harry Bradshaw  Ireland Royal Portrush Antrim Ulster 290 2 strokes Flory Van Donck
1946 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 288 4 strokes Bobby Locke
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939 Arthur Lees  England Royal County Down Down Ulster 287 2 strokes Reg Whitcombe
1938 Bobby Locke  South Africa Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 292 1 stroke Henry Cotton
1937 Bert Gadd  England Royal Portrush Antrim Ulster 284 1 stroke Jimmy Adams
1936 Reg Whitcombe  England Royal Dublin Leinster 281 2 strokes Bill Davies
1935 Ernest Whitcombe (2)  England Royal County Down Down Ulster 292 Playoff
(36 holes)
Reg Whitcombe
1934 Syd Easterbrook  England Portmarnock Antrim Ulster 284 7 strokes Joe Brown (a)
1933 Bob Kenyon (2)  England Malone Antrim Ulster 286 2 strokes Alf Padgham
1932 Alf Padgham  England Cork Cork Munster 283 1 stroke Bill Davies
1931 Bob Kenyon  England Royal Dublin Leinster 291 2 strokes Bill Davies
Bert Hodson
Abe Mitchell
Mark Seymour
Ernest Whitcombe
1930 Charles Whitcombe  England Royal Portrush Antrim Ulster 289 8 strokes Abe Mitchell
1929 Abe Mitchell  England Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 309 Playoff
(36 holes)
Archie Compston
Len Holland
1928 Ernest Whitcombe  England Royal County Down Down Ulster 288 4 strokes Archie Compston £150
1927 George Duncan  Scotland Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 312 1 stroke Henry Cotton £150

Source:[8][9][10]

(a) indicates an amateur golfer. In 2009 the winner's share was awarded to leading professional, Robert Rock.

Year Winner Country Venue County Province Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ()
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
2015 Søren Kjeldsen  Denmark Royal County Down Down Ulster 282 −2 Playoff Eddie Pepperell
Bernd Wiesberger
416,660
The Irish Open
2014 Mikko Ilonen  Finland Fota Island Cork Munster 271 −13 1 stroke Edoardo Molinari 333,330
2013 Paul Casey  England Carton House Kildare Leinster 274 −14 3 strokes Joost Luiten
Robert Rock
333,330
2012 Jamie Donaldson  Wales Royal Portrush Antrim Ulster 270 −18 4 strokes Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Anthony Wall
Fabrizio Zanotti
333,330
Irish Open presented by Discover Ireland
2011 Simon Dyson  England Killarney Kerry Munster 269 −15 1 stroke Richard Green 250,000
The 3 Irish Open
2010 Ross Fisher  England Killarney Kerry Munster 266 −18 2 strokes Pádraig Harrington 500,000
2009 Shane Lowry (a)  Ireland County Louth Louth Leinster 271 −17 Playoff Robert Rock 500,000*
Irish Open
2008 Richard Finch  England Adare Limerick Munster 278 −10 2 strokes Felipe Aguilar 416,600
2007 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland Adare Limerick Munster 283 −5 Playoff Bradley Dredge 416,600
Nissan Irish Open
2006 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark Carton House Kildare Leinster 283 −5 1 stroke Paul Casey 366,660
2005 Stephen Dodd  Wales Carton House Kildare Leinster 279 −9 Playoff David Howell 333,330
2004 Brett Rumford  Australia County Louth Louth Leinster 274 −14 4 strokes Pádraig Harrington
Raphaël Jacquelin
316,660
2003 Michael Campbell  New Zealand Portmarnock Fingal Leinster 277 −11 Playoff Thomas Bjørn
Peter Hedblom
300,000
Murphy's Irish Open
2002 Søren Hansen  Denmark Fota Island Cork Munster 270 −14 Playoff Richard Bland
Niclas Fasth
Darren Fichardt
266,600
2001 Colin Montgomerie (3)  Scotland Fota Island Cork Munster 266 −18 5 strokes Darren Clarke
Niclas Fasth
Pádraig Harrington
266,600
2000 Patrik Sjöland  Sweden Ballybunion Kerry Munster 270 −14 2 strokes Fredrik Jacobson 267,319
1999 Sergio García  Spain Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 268 −16 3 strokes Ángel Cabrera 233,320
1998 David Carter  England Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 278 −6 Playoff Colin Montgomerie 223,988
1997 Colin Montgomerie (2)  Scotland Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 269 −15 7 strokes Lee Westwood 159,090
1996 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 279 −5 1 stroke Andrew Oldcorn
Wayne Riley
178,571
1995 Sam Torrance (2)  Scotland Mount Juliet Kilkenny Leinster 277 −11 Playoff Stuart Cage
Howard Clark
155,550
1994 Bernhard Langer (3)  Germany Mount Juliet Kilkenny Leinster 275 −13 1 stroke Robert Allenby
John Daly
138,271
Carroll's Irish Open
1993 Nick Faldo (3)  England Mount Juliet Kilkenny Leinster 276 −12 Playoff José María Olazábal 135,282
1992 Nick Faldo (2)  England Killarney Kerry Munster 274 −14 Playoff Wayne Westner 106,784
1991 Nick Faldo  England Killarney Kerry Munster 283 −5 3 strokes Colin Montgomerie 85,344
1990 José María Olazábal  Spain Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 282 −6 3 strokes Mark Calcavecchia
Frank Nobilo
81,036
1989 Ian Woosnam (2)  Wales Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 278 −10 Playoff Philip Walton 61,296
1988 Ian Woosnam  England Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 278 −10 7 strokes Nick Faldo
José María Olazábal
Manuel Piñero
Des Smyth
54,166
1987 Bernhard Langer (2)  Germany Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 269 −19 10 strokes Sandy Lyle 50,174
1986 Seve Ballesteros (3)  Spain Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 285 −3 2 strokes Rodger Davis
Mark McNulty
44,380
1985 Seve Ballesteros (2)  Spain Royal Dublin Leinster 278 −10 Playoff Bernhard Langer 28,000
1984 Bernhard Langer  West Germany Royal Dublin Leinster 267 −21 4 strokes Mark James 25,662
1983 Seve Ballesteros  Spain Royal Dublin Leinster 271 −17 2 strokes Brian Barnes 25,662
1982 John O'Leary  Ireland Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 287 −1 1 stroke Maurice Bembridge 18,742
1981 Sam Torrance  Scotland Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 276 −12 5 strokes Nick Faldo 18,659
1980 Mark James (2)  England Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 284 −4 1 stroke Brian Barnes 16,730
1979 Mark James  England Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 282 −6 1 stroke Ed Sneed 14,000
1978 Ken Brown  Scotland Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 281 −7 1 stroke Seve Ballesteros
John O'Leary
14,000
1977 Hubert Green  United States Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 283 −5 1 stroke Ben Crenshaw 11,200
1976 Ben Crenshaw  United States Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 284 −4 2 strokes Brian Barnes
Billy Casper
Martin Foster
9,800
1975 Christy O'Connor Jnr  Ireland Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 275 −21 1 stroke Harry Bannerman 7,000

Winners

Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority of the Republic of Ireland, agreed to sponsor in 2011, but with a reduced purse, cut in half to €1.5 million.[6] In 2015 the event was sponsored by Dubai Duty Free in conjunction with the Rory Foundation. On 12 October 2015, it was announced that Dubai Duty Free had extended their sponsorship to 2018 along with the Rory Foundation.[7]

Following the departure of Nissan as title sponsor in 2006, Adare Golf Club, part of the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort in County Limerick, had planned to host the tournament for three years, from 2007 to 2009. After two years, it was announced in January 2009 that they could no longer sustain the losses incurred by hosting the event for a third year. In early March, the European Tour confirmed the national championship would return to County Louth Golf Club, Baltray, which had last hosted in 2004, with a new sponsor, 3 Mobile.[5]

Recent sponsorship

Since 2008 it has been the only European Tour event played in Ireland. The European Open was held at the K Club in Straffan for thirteen years from 1995 to 2007 while the 2007 Seve Trophy and the 2006 Ryder Cup were the last major team competitions played in Ireland.

The Irish Open enjoys one of the largest galleries on the European Tour. In 2010, the Irish Open at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club had an attendance of 85,179 over four days, second only to the BMW PGA Championship. In 2011, the Irish Open at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club tallied in excess of 86,500 over four days. This was again the second highest on the European Tour to the BMW PGA Championship. In 2012, the Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club had a record attendance of 112,000 over four days; 131,000 over the six days. This was the only time a European Tour event had sold out prior to play on all four days and was the highest attendance ever recorded on the European Tour.

The Irish Open has generally been played in June, July, or August, but from 2004 to 2009 it was played in May, the week before the BMW PGA Championship. In 2010 and 2011 the tournament was moved to a later date at the end of July, while from 2012 to 2014 it was played in late June.

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