Home > Sport > Golf
Tuesday January 14, 2014 MYT 12:17:01 AM
Tuesday January 14, 2014 MYT 12:17:12 AM
(Reuters) - World number seven Rory McIlroy and Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley have backed the decision to move the Irish Open from Carton House in County Kildare to Fota Island.
The June 19-22 tournament is to be held in Cork, the country's most southerly county, this year for the first time since 2002.
"I think it is great news the Irish Open will be played at Fota Island," twice major winner McIlroy said in a news release on Monday.
"The country's national open should be moved around to give everyone an opportunity to see the event and it also gives us the chance to show the world just how many amazing courses there are in Ireland," added the Northern Irishman.
McIlroy's views were endorsed by McGinley who will lead Europe's Ryder Cup defence against United States in Scotland in September.
"I'm delighted Fota Island is going to host the Irish Open," said the Irishman. "The players will love the course and everyone involved with the tournament will enjoy the craic on offer in Cork."
The Fota Island Resort, recently purchased by Chinese investors The Kang Group, will also be an Irish Open sponsor.
(Writing by Tony Jimenez; editing by Justin Palmer)
Woods '50-50' for the Masters, says good friend Begay
Woods confident of 2016 Ryder Cup spot, says captain Love
Late starter Hoffman moves one ahead at Texas Open
Nestlé rewards consumers with biggest promotion ever
The great South Australian adventure
Living away from Malaysia can trigger a lot of different longings
Toxic contamination: Keeping TVs, computers and other electronic waste out of landfills
Google brings ratings to European shopping search results
Sepang inks new F1 contract
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)