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Tour chiefs plan to bring Irish Open back to Killarney

The Irish Open will be heading back to Killarney next summer.

European Tour officials are determined to bring the event back to the picturesque Kerry town from July 28-31 in 2011 after the overwhelming success of the tournament there this year.

Admitting disappointment at the recent decision of '3' to withdraw their sponsorship of the Irish Open, Tour chief executive George O'Grady said yesterday: “The event at Killarney was outstandingly successful and I'd like to recreate that for another year, albeit at reduced prize money, unless we get a commercial sponsor.

“Killarney Golf and Fishing Club have been kind enough to give me an option to take the tournament there, which would be my choice.

“Within the next week or two, I'll probably confirm that, so we will be selling an Irish Open at Killarney and not wherever a new sponsor wants to go. Failte Ireland and Minister Mary Hanafin have pledged to try and find us additional commercial sponsorship.

“I'm confident that we can run it at reduced prize money and still get ourselves to a break-even position, which is crucial.”

Belfast Telegraph