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On course: Galgorm’s director of golf Ross Oliver (left) and managing director Gary Henry yesterday

On course: Galgorm’s director of golf Ross Oliver (left) and managing director Gary Henry yesterday

Stephen Hamilton

On course: Galgorm’s director of golf Ross Oliver (left) and managing director Gary Henry yesterday

It took just 10 days for plans to come together that saw the Irish Open confirmed for Galgorm Castle next month.

When May's event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the intention of the European Tour was always to reschedule given that it is one of their most popular events every year, and the initial plan was still holding it at Mount Juliet.

But it quickly became apparent that would not be possible. With the Republic of Ireland's enforced quarantine restrictions on people travelling in from outside the country, there would be no way of jetting in over 100 golfers for a week and playing a tournament, leaving the Tour no choice but to move on from the initial host.