Irish Open (golf)

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Irish Open
Irish Open Logo 2014.jpg
Tournament information
Location Ireland – varies; in 2015:
Newcastle, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Established 1927, 88 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
Finland Mikko Ilonen
Royal Country Down is located in the United Kingdom
Royal Country Down
Royal Country Down
Location in Northern Ireland
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
Cork
Malone
Malone
Location in Ireland

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.

History[edit]

The first Irish Open was played at Portmarnock Golf Club from 16 to 18 August 1927. There were 18 holes played on the first two days with the leading 60 players and ties playing a further 36 holes on the final day. In a stiff breeze local professional Willie Nolan led after the first day with a course record 72.[2] On the second day Nolan faded after an 81 and the lead was taken by Henry Cotton on 146 with Jack Smith a shot behind. The cut was 165 and exactly 60 players qualified, including 6 amateurs.[3] Conditions were very poor on the final day with the refreshment and press tents blown down and rain falling in torrents. Jack Smith had an excellent 77 in the morning and with Henry Cotton taking 86, Smith had an 8-shot lead over Cotton and Archie Compston. Smith, however, went to pieces and had a final round of 91 and was overtaken by Cotton, who took 81. George Duncan, starting the final round 14 shots behind, scored 74 and finished with a total of 312, beating Smith by 3 and Cotton by 1. Duncan's score of 74 was remarkable in that it was only two strokes over the new course record, on a day when his 74 and Smith's 77 in the morning were the only two rounds under 80 on the final day. Duncan took the Championship Gold Medal and the first prize of £150. Nolan was the leading Irishman, finishing fifth.[4]

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.

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.[5]

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]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Venue County Province Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ()
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
2015 28–31 May Royal County Down Down Ulster 416,660
The Irish Open
2014 Finland Mikko Ilonen Fota Island Cork Munster 271 −13 1 stroke Italy Edoardo Molinari 333,330
2013 England Paul Casey Carton House Kildare Leinster 274 −14 3 strokes Netherlands Joost Luiten
England Robert Rock
333,330
2012 Wales Jamie Donaldson Royal Portrush Antrim Ulster 270 −18 4 strokes Spain Rafael Cabrera-Bello
England Anthony Wall
Paraguay Fabrizio Zanotti
333,330
Irish Open presented by Discover Ireland
2011 England Simon Dyson Killarney Kerry Munster 269 −15 1 stroke Australia Richard Green 250,000
The 3 Irish Open
2010 England Ross Fisher Killarney Kerry Munster 266 −18 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington 500,000
2009 Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry (a) County Louth Louth Leinster 271 −17 Playoff England Robert Rock 500,000*
Irish Open
2008 England Richard Finch Adare Limerick Munster 278 −10 2 strokes Chile Felipe Aguilar 416,600
2007 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington Adare Limerick Munster 283 −5 Playoff Wales Bradley Dredge 416,600
Nissan Irish Open
2006 Denmark Thomas Bjørn Carton House Kildare Leinster 283 −5 1 stroke England Paul Casey 366,660
2005 Wales Stephen Dodd Carton House Kildare Leinster 279 −9 Playoff England David Howell 333,330
2004 Australia Brett Rumford County Louth Louth Leinster 274 −14 4 strokes Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
France Raphaël Jacquelin
316,660
2003 New Zealand Michael Campbell Portmarnock Fingal Leinster 277 −11 Playoff Denmark Thomas Bjørn
Sweden Peter Hedblom
300,000
Murphy's Irish Open
2002 Denmark Søren Hansen Fota Island Cork Munster 270 −14 Playoff England Richard Bland
Sweden Niclas Fasth
South Africa Darren Fichardt
266,600
2001 Scotland Colin Montgomerie (3) Fota Island Cork Munster 266 −18 5 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
Sweden Niclas Fasth
Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
266,600
2000 Sweden Patrik Sjöland Ballybunion Kerry Munster 270 −14 2 strokes Sweden Fredrik Jacobson 267,319
1999 Spain Sergio García Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 268 −16 3 strokes Argentina Ángel Cabrera 233,320
1998 England David Carter Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 278 −6 Playoff Scotland Colin Montgomerie 223,988
1997 Scotland Colin Montgomerie (2) Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 269 −15 7 strokes England Lee Westwood 159,090
1996 Scotland Colin Montgomerie Druids Glen Wicklow Leinster 279 −5 1 stroke Scotland Andrew Oldcorn
Australia Wayne Riley
178,571
1995 Scotland Sam Torrance (2) Mount Juliet Kilkenny Leinster 277 −11 Playoff England Stuart Cage
England Howard Clark
155,550
1994 Germany Bernhard Langer (3) Mount Juliet Kilkenny Leinster 275 −13 1 stroke Australia Robert Allenby
United States John Daly
138,271
Carroll's Irish Open
1993 England Nick Faldo (3) Mount Juliet Kilkenny Leinster 276 −12 Playoff Spain José María Olazábal 135,282
1992 England Nick Faldo (2) Killarney Kerry Munster 274 −14 Playoff South Africa Wayne Westner 106,784
1991 England Nick Faldo Killarney Kerry Munster 283 −5 3 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie 85,344
1990 Spain José María Olazábal Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 282 −6 3 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia
New Zealand Frank Nobilo
81,036
1989 Wales Ian Woosnam (2) Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 278 −10 Playoff Republic of Ireland Philip Walton 61,296
1988 Wales Ian Woosnam Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 278 −10 7 strokes England Nick Faldo
Spain Manuel Piñero
Republic of Ireland Des Smyth
Spain José María Olazábal
54,166
1987 West Germany Bernhard Langer (2) Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 269 −19 10 strokes Scotland Sandy Lyle 50,174
1986 Spain Seve Ballesteros (3) Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 285 −3 2 strokes Australia Rodger Davis
Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
44,380
1985 Spain Seve Ballesteros (2) Royal Dublin Leinster 278 −10 Playoff West Germany Bernhard Langer 28,000
1984 West Germany Bernhard Langer Royal Dublin Leinster 267 −21 4 strokes England Mark James 25,662
1983 Spain Seve Ballesteros Royal Dublin Leinster 271 −17 2 strokes Scotland Brian Barnes 25,662
1982 Republic of Ireland John O'Leary Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 287 −1 1 stroke England Maurice Bembridge 18,742
1981 Scotland Sam Torrance Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 276 −12 5 strokes England Nick Faldo 18,659
1980 England Mark James (2) Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 284 −4 1 stroke Scotland Brian Barnes 16,730
1979 England Mark James Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 282 −6 1 stroke United States Ed Sneed 14,000
1978 Scotland Ken Brown Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 281 −7 1 stroke Spain Seve Ballesteros
Republic of Ireland John O'Leary
14,000
1977 United States Hubert Green Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 283 −5 1 stroke United States Ben Crenshaw 11,200
1976 United States Ben Crenshaw Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 284 −4 2 strokes Scotland Brian Barnes
United States Billy Casper
England Martin Foster
9,800
1975 Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 275 −21 1 stroke Scotland Harry Bannerman 7,000

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

Source:[7][8][9]

Pre-revival of Irish Open name

Year Winner Venue County Province Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share (£)
Ref
Carroll's International
(Irish Open not played between 1963 and 1974)
1974 Scotland Bernard Gallacher Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 279 3 strokes Australia Jack Newton 5,000 [10]
1973 Republic of Ireland Paddy McGuirk Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 277 2 strokes South Africa Hugh Baiocchi 2,500 [11]
1972 Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr (4) Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 284 4 strokes England David Talbot 2,500 [12]
1971 England Neil Coles (2) Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 276 3 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis 2,000 [13]
1970 Wales Brian Huggett Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 279 7 strokes Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr 2,000 [14]
1969 Scotland Ronnie Shade Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 289 1 stroke Scotland Bernard Gallacher 2,000 [15]
1968 Republic of Ireland Jimmy Martin Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 281 2 strokes Scotland Brian Barnes 1,000 [16]
1967 Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr (3) Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 277 2 strokes England Tommy Horton 1,000 [17]
1966 Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr (2) Royal Dublin Leinster 272 2 strokes Scotland Eric Brown 1,000 [18]
1965 England Neil Coles Cork Cork Munster 269 6 strokes England Tommy Horton
England Harry Weetman
1,000 [19]
Carroll Sweet Afton
1964 Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 268 Playoff
(2nd hole)
Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo 1,000 [20]
1963 England Bernard Hunt Woodbrook Wicklow Leinster 270 2 strokes England Neil Coles 1,000 [21]
1954-62: No tournament
Year Winner Venue County Province Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share (£)
Irish Open
1953 Scotland Eric Brown Belvoir Park Antrim Ulster 272 1 stroke England Harry Weetman £750
1951-52: No tournament
1950 Australia Ossie Pickworth Royal Dublin Leinster 287 2 strokes Scotland John Panton
Australia Norman Von Nida
£400
1949 Republic of Ireland Harry Bradshaw (2) Belvoir Park Antrim Ulster 286 1 stroke South Africa Bobby Locke £400
1948 Wales Dai Rees Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 295 2 strokes Australia Norman Von Nida £400
1947 Republic of Ireland Harry Bradshaw Royal Portrush Antrim Ulster 290 2 strokes Belgium Flory Van Donck
1946 Northern Ireland Fred Daly Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 288 4 strokes South Africa Bobby Locke
1940–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939 England Arthur Lees Royal County Down Down Ulster 287 2 strokes England Reg Whitcombe
1938 South Africa Bobby Locke Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 292 1 stroke England Henry Cotton
1937 England Bert Gadd Royal Portrush Antrim Ulster 284 1 stroke Scotland Jimmy Adams
1936 England Reg Whitcombe Royal Dublin Leinster 281 2 strokes England Bill Davies
1935 England Ernest Whitcombe (2) Royal County Down Down Ulster 292 Playoff
(36 holes)
England Reg Whitcombe
1934 England Syd Easterbrook Portmarnock Antrim Ulster 284 7 strokes Republic of Ireland Joe Brown (a)
1933 England Bob Kenyon (2) Malone Antrim Ulster 286 2 strokes England Alf Padgham
1932 England Alf Padgham Cork Cork Munster 283 1 stroke England Bill Davies
1931 England Bob Kenyon Royal Dublin Leinster 291 2 strokes England Bill Davies
Wales Bert Hodson
England Abe Mitchell
England Mark Seymour
England Ernest Whitcombe
1930 England Charles Whitcombe Royal Portrush Antrim Ulster 289 8 strokes England Abe Mitchell
1929 England Abe Mitchell Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 309 Playoff
(36 holes)
England Archie Compston
England Len Holland
1928 England Ernest Whitcombe Royal County Down Down Ulster 288 4 strokes England Archie Compston £150
1927 Scotland George Duncan Portmarnock Dublin Leinster 312 1 stroke England Henry Cotton £150

(a) indicates an amateur golfer

Multiple winners[edit]

This list includes wins in the Carroll Sweet Afton and Carroll's International tournaments between 1963 and 1974.

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

Future venues[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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". BBC Sport. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Purse is down but Rory will be there". Irish Times. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Irish Open: tournament history". European Tour. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Irish Open – Past Winners". Irish Golf Desk. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Past Irish Open Winners". sportsnetwork.com. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Golf". The Times. 24 June 1974. p. 9. 
  11. ^ "Golf – McGuirk free from economic worries for rest of season". The Times. 25 June 1973. p. 9. 
  12. ^ "O'Connor does it again". The Times. 26 June 1972. p. 5. 
  13. ^ "Coles wins by three strokes". The Times. 21 June 1971. p. 8. 
  14. ^ "Carrolls golf tournament – Seven stroke win for Huggett". The Times. 22 June 1970. p. 7. 
  15. ^ "Carrolls golf – Shade takes £2,000 first prize". The Times. 23 June 1969. p. 12. 
  16. ^ "Carroll golf – Fine rally by Martin". The Times. 24 June 1968. p. 11. 
  17. ^ "Carrolls golf – O'Connor's fine win". The Times. 14 August 1967. p. 12. 
  18. ^ "Fine finish by O'Connor". The Times. 29 August 1966. p. 5. 
  19. ^ "Last round of 65 brings Coles victory". The Times. 19 July 1965. p. 3. 
  20. ^ "Playoff in Irish championship – O'Connor takes title at second hole". The Times. 20 July 1964. p. 4. 
  21. ^ "Hunt's successes continue". The Times. 22 July 1963. p. 4. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°13′05″N 5°53′02″W / 54.218°N 5.884°W / 54.218; -5.884