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Rory McIlroy. Photo by: Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland

Rory McIlroy to lead star-studded field as Irish Open returns to Cork

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Rory McIlroy. Photo by: Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland

The Irish Open is to return to Cork for the first time in 12 years when Rory McIlroy will lead a star-studded field at the Fota Island resort in June.

McIlroy said at Monday’s announcement, “I think it is great news that 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.

“Fota Island will be an exciting venue for the Irish Open, and exactly the kind of place to showcase what Ireland has to offer as a golf destination.”

In other gold news, Padraig Harrington returned to form with a tied fourth finish at the Volvo Golf Champions event in South Africa on Sunday, but the Dubliner was frustrated by his poor form with the putter.

Local hero Louis Oosthuizen won in Durban on a 12-under-par total, with Harrington one of three players on nine under as he chased a first European Tour win since 2008.

“It was nice to feel I had a chance coming down the stretch. I’m happy with how I am hitting the ball but distraught with the way I’m putting,” Harrington said.

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