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Portrush set to be named as Irish Open venue tomorrow

The European Tour have schedueld a press conference for the Antrim venue tomorrow.

Darren Clarke with the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush last summer.
Darren Clarke with the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush last summer.
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THE 2012 IRISH Open will be hosted by Royal Portrush.

The European Tour have schedueld a press conference for the Antrim venue tomorrow, sparking specualtion that a decision had been made.

The BBC are now reporting that Portrush will indeed be named as the tournament hosts.

The course is home to British Open champion Darren Clarke, as well as Graeme McDowell, who have both called for the event to be held there.  US Open winner Rory McIlroy has already guaranteed his participation.

Killarney successfully hosted the event for the past two years but there was speculation in recent months that the sponsor-less tournament would move to Carton House next summer.

The Irish Open will take place from 28 June to 1 July next summer.  The course last hosted the event in 1951.

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