Irish Open Golf History
The Irish Open Golf tournament goes all the way back in time to 1927. With such a rich heritage it is regarded as one of the best European Tour events by the players. Many will associate Irish Open Golf with the Portmarnock links just outside of the capital city Dublin. With Millions of Euros up for grabs each week for the players the very first Irish Golf Open had a much more humble prize fund of just Â£750.
There are a couple of well known sponsors of the Irish Open Betting in Carrols the company that manufactured cigarettes and Murphy's the makers of Irish Stout. In times gone by when things very tough in the Irish economy it was only through the support of these sponsors that the tournament managed to keep going.
Irish winners of the event have been very few and far between and Padraig Harrington was the winner in 2007 just before he went onto win the British Open later in that summer. There have been a handful of other Irish Open Golf winners since the Second World War including Fred Daly in 1946, Christy O'Connor Jnr in 1975 and John O'Leary, the most recent back in 1982.
The Irish Open has seen many of the World's golfing greats win the Irish Golf Open, including names such as Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer each won three times. Ian Woosnam twice and Jose; Maria Olazabal once.
Padraig Harrington who won it two years ago in 2007, was the first Irishman to do so in 25 years.
One of the great features of Irish Golf are the number of top Championship courses and the event has been shared around the country in recent years. In recent years Portmarnock, Royal Dublin, Killarney, Mount Juliet, Druids Glen, Ballybunion Fota Island Golf Club, Baltray, Carton House, Carton House and Adare Manor have all played host to this great Golf Betting event.