Irish Open Golf Tournament on the European Tour

Rory McIlroy celebrates victory in the 2016 Irish Open
The Irish Open benefits the Rory Foundation, and Rory McIlroy won the tournament in 2016. Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The Irish Open is a tournament on the European Tour schedule, traditionally played in May but beginning in 2010 moved to late July/early August. The Irish Open was first played in 1927 and became part of the European Tour circuit in 1975. Beginning with the 2016 tournament, the title sponsor became Dubai Duty Free, an airport retailer, and Rory McIlroy took on hosting duties.

2019 Irish Open

  • When: July 4-7
  • Where: Lahinch Golf Club in Lahinch, Co. Clare, Republic of Ireland

2018 Tournament
Russell Knox won the tournament on the first hole of a playoff against Ryan Fox, scoring a birdie to Fox's par. Both golfers finished regulation at 14-under 274. It was Knox's second career win on the European Tour.

2017 Irish Open
John Rahm set a new tournament scoring record and won by six strokes. Rahm finished at 24-under 264, lowering by two strokes the previous scoring record (266) shared by Colin Montgomerie and Ross Fisher. The distant runners-up were Richie Ramsay and Matthew Southgate. It was Rahm's first win on the European Tour.

Irish Open Tournament Records:

  • 18 holes: 61 - Graeme McDowell, 2009; Ross Fisher, 2010
  • 72 holes: 264 - John Rahm, 2017 266 - Colin Montgomerie, 2001; Ross Fisher, 2010

Irish Open Golf Courses:

Through its history, the Irish Open has visited some of the most famous courses in Ireland, including Portrush, Ballybunion, Portmarnock, Mount Juliet and Royal Dublin. The tournament rotates annually to a different course.

Irish Open Trivia and Notes:

  • The three Whitcombe brothers all won the Irish Open. Ernest Whitcome (1928, 1935) won twice, while Charles (1930) and Reg (1936) each won once.
  • Bobby Locke's first win in Europe happened at the 1938 Irish Open. He had won only in his native South Africa prior to that.
  • Ben Crenshaw's only European Tour win (outside of majors) happened at the 1976 Irish Open. One year later, Hubert Green claimed his only European Tour win at the 1977 Irish Open.
  • The youngest winner of the Irish Open is Sergio Garcia, who was 19 years, seven months old when he won in 1999. That was Garcia's first European Tour victory.
  • Four golfers have won the Irish Open three times each: Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros.
  • Faldo's three victories were in consecutive years, 1991-93, and the second and third of those were both achieved in playoffs. In 1992, Faldo defeated Wayne Westner in extra holes; in 1993, Faldo beat Jose Maria Olazabal in a playoff.
  • Bernhard Langer's win in 1987 was by 10 strokes over the runner-up.
  • The Irish Open has multiple gaps in its history. It wasn't played from 1940-45 due to World War II; and 1951 and 1952 were skipped. And after the 1953 tournament, the Irish Open wasn't played again until 1975.

Irish Open Winners:

(a-amateur; p-won playoff)

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
2018 - Russell Knox-p, 274
2017 - John Rahm, 264
2016 - Rory McIlroy, 276

Irish Open
2015 - Soren Kjeldsen-p, 282
2014 - Mikko Ilonen, 270
2013 - Paul Casey, 274
2012 - Jamie Donaldson, 270
2011 - Simon Dyson, 269

The 3 Irish Open
2010 - Ross Fisher, 266
2009 - a-Shane Lowry-p, 271

Irish Open
2008 - Richard Finch, 278
2007 - Padraig Harrington-p, 283

Nissan Irish Open
2006 - Thomas Bjorn, 283
2005 - Stephen Dodd-p, 279
2004 - Brett Rumford, 274
2003 - Michael Campbell-p, 277

Murphy's Irish Open
2002 - Soren Hansen-p, 270
2001 - Colin Montgomerie, 266
2000 - Patrik Sjoland, 270
1999 - Sergio Garcia, 268
1998 - David Carter-p, 278
1997 - Colin Montgomerie, 269
1996 - Colin Montgomerie, 279
1995 - Sam Torrance-p, 277
1994 - Bernhard Langer, 275

Carroll's Irish Open
1993 - Nick Faldo-p, 276
1992 - Nick Faldo-p, 274
1991 - Nick Faldo, 283
1990 - Jose Maria Olazabal, 282
1989 - Ian Woosnam-p, 278
1988 - Ian Woosnam, 278
1987 - Bernhard Langer, 269
1986 - Seve Ballesteros, 285
1985 - Seve Ballesteros-p, 278
1984 - Bernhard Langer, 267
1983 - Seve Ballesteros, 271
1982 - John O'Leary, 287
1981 - Sam Torrance, 276
1980 - Mark James, 284
1979 - Mark James, 282
1978 - Ken Brown, 281
1977 - Hubert Green, 283
1976 - Ben Crenshaw, 284
1975 - Christy O'Connor Jr., 275

Irish Open
1954-74 - Not played
1953 - Eric Brown
1951-52 - Not played
1950 - Ossie Pickworth
1949 - Harry Bradshaw
1948 - Dai Rees
1947 - Harry Bradshaw
1946 - Fred Daly
1940-45 - Not played
1939 - Arthur Lees
1938 - Bobby Locke
1937 - Bert Gadd
1936 - Reg Whitcombe
1935 - Ernest Whitcombe
1934 - Syd Easterbrook
1933 - Bob Kenyon
1932 - Alf Padgham
1931 - Bob Kenyon
1930 - Charles Whitcombe
1929 - Abe Mitchell
1928 - Ernest Whitcombe
1927 - George Duncan