Having found a home in Adare for the last two years, the Irish Open will move from the county Limerick venue and the glorious settings of the Adare Manor.
Tom Kane and co hosted the event for the last two years having given the name of the event back to the public by running it as the Irsh Open without the use of a title sponsor. It is believed that assisted funding did not become available from certain official resources and the event was forced to move and embrace the use of a title sponsor.
Next Year’s Irish open golf championship has been saved by a sponsorship deal with 3 Ireland. They communications company has now upped the prize money to a total of 3 million euro and is looking for a three year deal that will see the event into 2011
3 will next week be confirmed as the title sponsor for one of the European Tour’s oldest events. The tournament – scheduled for May 14th-17th – is likely to return to Mount Juliet in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, which staged the event from 1993 to 1995, and also staged the American Express World Golf Championship (WGC) event in 2002 and 2004.
Mount Juliet want the course to be in pristine condition and won’t commit to staging the tournament until they can achieve that. An official tour announcement with the finer details is dueearly next week.