Irish Open (golf)
|Location||Ireland - varies, in 2013:
Maynooth, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland
|Course(s)||Carton House Golf Club
The Montgomerie Course
|Length||7,301 yards (6,676 m)|
|Prize fund||€2.0 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||266 Colin Montgomerie (2001)
266 Ross Fisher (2010)
|To par||–21 Christy O'Connor Jnr (1975)
–21 Bernhard Langer (1984)
The 72-hole event has been played in many locations on the island; it was last played at Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim in Northern Ireland in 2012. The 2013 tournament returns to the The Montgomerie Course at Carton House Golf Club in County Kildare on 27–30 June. It previously hosted the event in 2005 and 2006.
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 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 has sold out prior to play on all four days and the highest attendance ever recorded on the European Tour. 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.
The Irish Open was formerly played the week prior to the European Tour's "home tournament," the BMW PGA Championship. For 2010, the tournament was moved to 29 July – 1 August. The event's 2005 rating in the Official World Golf Rankings system was high enough for the winner to qualify for the WGC-NEC Invitational. As of 2011, it is the only European Tour event played in Ireland. The European Open, held at the K Club in Straffan for thirteen years (1995–2007), moved to its new home near London in 2008.
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.
Pre-revival of Irish Open name, and European Tour sanctioning
|1||Christy O'Connor Snr||4||1964, 1966, 1967, 1972|
|2||Colin Montgomerie||3||1996, 1997, 2001|
|2||Bernhard Langer||3||1984, 1987, 1994|
|2||Nick Faldo||3||1991, 1992, 1993|
|2||Seve Ballesteros||3||1983, 1985, 1986|
|6||Sam Torrance||2||1981, 1995|
|6||Ian Woosnam||2||1988, 1989|
|6||Mark James||2||1979, 1980|
|6||Neil Coles||2||1965, 1971|
|6||Harry Bradshaw||2||1947, 1949|
|6||Ernest Whitcombe||2||1928, 1935|
|6||Bob Kenyon||2||1931, 1933|
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