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Irish Open to get new date for return to Royal County Down

Jamie Donaldson on the 18th green on the final day of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush

Jamie Donaldson on the 18th green on the final day of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush

Royal County Down will be named as the venue for the 2015 Irish Open on Thursday but almost more importantly, the tournament looks set for a new position on the European Tour schedule.

A decision to find a new date close to the BMW PGA Championship will hopefully help attract some of the world’s best to the famous Newcastle links.

The Irish Open has lost some of it’s lustre in recent years with many of Europe’s top performers opting to stay away.

Ireland’s major stars, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington have been loyal but the tournament has struggled to entice other big names.

Sponsorship and prize-money issues aside, the scheduling of the tournament has not helped the cause of the Irish Open.

The current slot, two weeks after the US Open and two weeks before the Open Championship is far from ideal but this new date and the lure of playing an iconic venue like Royal County Down will hopefully prove appealing.

 

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