Irish Open (golf)

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Irish Open
Irish Open Logo 2014.jpg
Tournament information
Location Ireland - varies, in 2014:
Fota Island, County Cork, Republic of Ireland
Established 1927
Course(s) Fota Island Resort
The Deerpark Course
Par 71
Length 7,043 yards (6,440 m)[1]
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund €2.0 million
Month played June
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
Finland Mikko Ilonen
Irish Open (golf) is located in Ireland
Fota Island
Fota Island
Royal Co. Down
Royal Co. Down
Carton House
Carton House
Royal Portrush
Royal Portrush
Killarney
Killarney
County Louth
County Louth
Adare
Adare
Portmarnock
Portmarnock
Ballybunion
Ballybunion
Druids Glen
Druids Glen
Mount Juliet
Mount Juliet
Belvoir Park
Belvoir Park
Woodbrook
Woodbrook
Cork Golf Club
Cork Golf Club
Malone
Malone
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Location in Ireland

The Irish Open is a professional golf tournament on the European Tour, currently played in late June. The 2014 tournament returned to the Deerpark Course at Fota Island Resort in County Cork on 19–22 June. It previously hosted the event in 2001 and 2002.

In 2014, the Irish Open was one of the qualifying events for the Open Championship. The leading three players, who were not already qualified and who finished in the top ten, qualified for the 2014 Open Championship. The event was won by Mikko Ilonen by one stroke over Edoardo Molinari.[2]

History[edit]

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 in 2012 and 2013 it was played in late June, the week after the BMW PGA Championship. In 2014 it was moved to the week after the U.S. Open.

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.

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.

Recent sponsorship[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Venue County Province Score To par Margin
of victory
Winner's
share ()
The Irish Open
2015 28-31 May Royal County Down Down Ulster
2014 Finland Mikko Ilonen Fota Island Cork Munster 271 −13 1 stroke 333,330
2013 England Paul Casey Carton House Kildare Leinster 274 −14 3 strokes 333,330
2012 Wales Jamie Donaldson Royal Portrush Antrim Ulster 270 −18 4 strokes 333,330
Irish Open presented by Discover Ireland
2011 England Simon Dyson Killarney Kerry Munster 269 −15 1 stroke 250,000
The 3 Irish Open
2010 England Ross Fisher Killarney Kerry Munster 266 −18 2 strokes 500,000
2009 Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry (a)* County Louth Louth Leinster 271 −17 Playoff 500,000*
Irish Open
2008 England Richard Finch Adare Limerick Munster 278 −10 2 strokes 416,600
2007 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Adare Limerick Munster 283 −5 Playoff 416,600
Nissan Irish Open
2006 Denmark Thomas Bjørn Carton House Kildare Leinster 283 −5 1 stroke 366,660
2005 Wales Stephen Dodd Carton House Kildare Leinster 279 −9 Playoff 333,330
2004 Australia Brett Rumford County Louth Louth Leinster 274 −14 4 strokes 316,660
2003 New Zealand Michael Campbell Portmarnock Fingal Leinster 277 −11 Playoff 300,000
Murphy's Irish Open
2002 Denmark Søren Hansen Fota Island Cork Munster 270 −14 Playoff 266,600
2001 Scotland Colin Montgomerie Fota Island Cork Munster 266 −18 5 strokes 266,600
2000 Sweden Patrik Sjöland Ballybunion Kerry Munster 270 −14 2 strokes 267,319
1999 Spain Sergio García Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 268 −16 3 strokes 233,320
1998 England David Carter Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 278 −6 Playoff 223,988
1997 Scotland Colin Montgomerie Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 269 −15 7 strokes 159,090
1996 Scotland Colin Montgomerie Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 279 −5 1 stroke 178,571
1995 Scotland Sam Torrance Mount Juliet Kilkenny Leinster 277 −11 Playoff 155,550
1994 Germany Bernhard Langer Mount Juliet Kilkenny Leinster 275 −13 1 stroke 138,271
Carroll's Irish Open
1993 England Nick Faldo Mount Juliet Kilkenny Leinster 276 −12 Playoff 135,282
1992 England Nick Faldo Killarney Kerry Munster 274 −14 Playoff 106,784
1991 England Nick Faldo Killarney Kerry Munster 283 −5 3 strokes 85,344
1990 Spain José María Olazábal Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 282 −6 3 strokes 81,036
1989 Wales Ian Woosnam Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 278 −10 Playoff 61,296
1988 Wales Ian Woosnam Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 278 −10 7 strokes 54,166
1987 West Germany Bernhard Langer Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 269 −19 10 strokes 50,174
1986 Spain Seve Ballesteros Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 285 −3 2 strokes 44,380
1985 Spain Seve Ballesteros Royal Dublin Leinster 278 −10 Playoff 28,000
1984 West Germany Bernhard Langer Royal Dublin Leinster 267 −21 4 strokes 25,662
1983 Spain Seve Ballesteros Royal Dublin Leinster 271 −17 2 strokes 25,662
1982 Republic of Ireland John O'Leary Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 287 −1 1 stroke 18,742
1981 Scotland Sam Torrance Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 276 −12 5 strokes 18,659
1980 England Mark James Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 284 −4 1 stroke 16,730
1979 England Mark James Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 282 −6 1 stroke 14,000
1978 Scotland Ken Brown Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 281 −7 1 stroke 14,000
1977 United States Hubert Green Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 283 −5 1 stroke 11,200
1976 United States Ben Crenshaw Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 284 −4 2 strokes 9,800
1975 Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 275 −21 1 stroke 7,000

PO sudden-death playoff
*(a) indicates an amateur golfer, winner's share awarded to top professional (Robert Rock, 2009), the playoff runner-up.

Pre-revival of Irish Open name, and European Tour sanctioning

Future venues[edit]

 Year  Venue County Province
2015 Royal County Down Down Ulster
2016 Fota Island Cork Munster
2017 Lough Erne Fermanagh Ulster

Multiple winners[edit]

Rank Name Wins Years
1 Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr 4 1964, 1966, 1967, 1972
2 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 3 1996, 1997, 2001
2 Germany Bernhard Langer 3 1984, 1987, 1994
2 England Nick Faldo 3 1991, 1992, 1993
2 Spain Seve Ballesteros 3 1983, 1985, 1986
6 Scotland Sam Torrance 2 1981, 1995
6 Wales Ian Woosnam 2 1988, 1989
6 England Mark James 2 1979, 1980
6 England Neil Coles 2 1965, 1971
6 Republic of Ireland Harry Bradshaw 2 1947, 1949
6 England Ernest Whitcombe 2 1928, 1935
6 England Bob Kenyon 2 1931, 1933

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Irish Open". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Irish Open won by Mikko Ilonen". Big News Network. Associated Press. 23 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Irish Open prize money increased". BBC Sport. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Purse is down but Rory will be there". Irish Times. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Irish Open: tournament history". European Tour. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Irish Open - Past Winners". Irish Golf Desk. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 

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