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.

2018 Tournament

  • When: July 5-8
  • Where: Ballyliffin Golf Club in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland

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.

2016 Irish Open
Rory McIlroy, who acts as the host of the tournament, won it by three strokes over runner-up Bradley Dredge. McIlroy earned that winning margin over the tournament's final three holes: he birdied the 16th, parred the 17th and eagled the 18th. McIlroy shot 69 in the final round to finish at 12-under 276. It was his first win as a pro on Irish soil, but the 13th victory overall on the European Tour for McIlroy.

European Tour tournament site

Irish Open Tournament Records:

  • 18 holes: 61 - Graeme McDowell, 2009; 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
    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