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Portstewart chosen to host 2017 Irish Open

Published 26/07/2016

Players will be hoping conditions are kinder than this when the Irish Open is held at Portstewart golf club next year
Players will be hoping conditions are kinder than this when the Irish Open is held at Portstewart golf club next year

Portstewart golf club has been unveiled as the host of next year's Irish Open.

The European Tour event has also been moved from its recent May slot to the first week of July.

By staging the tournament on the Co Londonderry seaside links course, two weeks ahead of the Open Championship, organisers hope to attract world stars keen to experience conditions similar to those they will encounter at Open venue Royal Birkdale.

Lough Erne Golf Resort had been due to host the 2017 tournament but that plan was scrapped earlier this year.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is hosted in conjunction with Rory McIlroy's charity, the Rory Foundation.

Stormont's Economy Minister Simon Hamilton welcomed the announcement.

"I want to ensure that the Irish Open benefits the local economy across the days of the tournament in Portstewart next July by showcasing the beautiful north coast area to the world," he said.

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