Irish Open (golf)

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Irish Open
Tournament information
Location Ireland - varies, in 2013:
Maynooth, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland
Established 1927
Course(s) Carton House Golf Club
The Montgomerie Course
Par 72
Length 7,301 yards (6,676 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
England Paul Casey
Carton House is located in Ireland
Carton House
Carton House
Location in Ireland

The Irish Open is a professional golf tournament on the European Tour, currently played in late June or early July.

History[edit]

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.

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.[2]

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.[3]

Winners[edit]

 Year  Winner Venue County Province Score To par Margin
of victory
Winner's
share ()
The Irish Open
2017 TBC Lough Erne Fermanagh Ulster TBC
2016 TBC Fota Island Cork Munster TBC
2015 TBC Royal County Down Down Ulster TBC
2014 TBC Fota Island Cork Munster TBC
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

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 – Venue". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Irish Open prize money increased". BBC Sport. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Purse is down but Rory will be there". Irish Times. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Irish Open: tournament history". European Tour. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Irish Open - Past Winners". Irish Golf Desk. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 

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