The 2014 Irish Open will be held on Fota Island in the County Cork region, marking the first time since 2002 the county has hosted the tournament.
The venue change was endorsed by Rory McIlroy in a statement on Monday:
I think it is great news the Irish Open will be played at Fota Island. The country’s national open should be moved around to give everyone an opportunity to see the event and it also gives us the chance to show the world just how many amazing courses there are in Ireland (Reuters).
Paul McGinley, who will be the captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team come September, echoed McIlroy’s feelings:
I’m delighted Fota Island is going to host the Irish Open. The players will love the course and everyone involved with the tournament will enjoy the craic on offer in Cork.
The Fota Island resort was purchased by Kan Family Worldwide for £17.5m (approximately $28.7m) last August and made a big push to secure hosting rights for the 2014 event.