Irish Open for Carton House in Dublin
Rory McILROY has already confirmed his presence at the 2012 Irish Open, but it looks certain that he will be playing in Carton House rather than Killarney.
An exciting chapter for the tournament closed yesterday as it was confirmed that it is leaving Killarney after two hugely successful and entertaining years in Co Kerry.
The event will move back to the Dublin area in 2012, with Carton House's Montgomerie Course expected to be named as venue for the June 28-July 1 championship early next week.
Its two-year sojourn on the spectacularly beautiful shores of Lough Leane restored much of its old atmosphere to the Irish Open and Killarney Golf and Fishing Club relished the prospect of staging it for a third year in succession.
However, the European Tour, which has been engaged in a fruitless search for a title sponsor for the Irish Open since mobile network '3' walked after the 2010 tournament, believes the event has greater commercial potential in the Dublin area.
Carton has twice before hosted the Irish Open, in May 2005 and 2006, when it was blighted by foul weather.
McIlroy, meanwhile, has spoken of how he turned tears to cheers this season when bouncing back from his disappointment at the US Masters to winning the US Open.
"I hate using the word 'choke', but that's exactly what happened," he concedes.