Friday, January 6, 2012
Irish Open 2012... goes to Royal Portrush
Here we all were, thinking that the Irish Open was returning to Dublin in 2012 - because that's what we were told by the powers that be - and then out of the blue it's announced yesterday that Royal Portrush will be hosting it. We were blindsided on that one, seeing as Carton House were the hot favourites, with Royal Portrush destined to host it next year.
[The Winner: Royal Portrush's par four 5th]
It's great news for Northern Ireland, especially as there's so much hope pinned on Open Championship returning to Royal Portrush some time soon... which it should. The Irish Open - small fry by comparison - will be a good test for the club, the town and the county to adapt to the demands of hosting a prestigious event. Who knows, Rory McIlroy's course record of 61, scored when he we was a mere 16, might even come under threat.
[The Loser: Carton House's par three 17th]