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Golf - Irish Open

The Irish Open is a traditional warm-up event for The Open Championship played in late June or early July. It was held every peacetime year from its inception in 1927 to 1950, left the calendar in 1951 & 1952, was revived in 1953 but then went missing until the burgeoning European Tour accepted it back in 1975.
The Irish Open has been staged at a variety of courses:
1927, 1929, 1934, 1938, 1946, 1948, 1976-82, 1986-90 & 2003 - Portmarnock, Dublin, Ireland
1928, 1935, 1939 & 2015 - County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
1930, 1937, 1947 & 2012 - Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
1931, 1936, 1950, 1983-85 - Dublin, Ireland
1932 - Castleview, Cork, Ireland
1933 - Malone, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
1949 & 1953- Belvoir Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 
1975 - Woodbrook, County Wicklow, Ireland
1991, 1992, 2010 & 2011 - Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
1993, 1994 & 1995 - Mount Juliet, County Wicklow, Ireland
1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999 - Druids Glen, County Wicklow, Ireland
2000 - Ballybunion, County Kerry, Ireland
2001, 2002 & 2014 - Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
2004 & 2009 - County Louth, Baltray, Ireland
2005, 2006 & 2013 - Carton House, County Kildare, Ireland
2007 & 2008 - Adare, County Limerick, Ireland
2016 - The K Club, County Kildare, Ireland
2017 - Portstewart, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
2018 - Ballyliffin, County Donegal, Ireland

YEAR
WINNER
1927 GEORGE DUNCAN (Sco)
1928 ERNEST WHITCOMBE (Eng)
1929 ABE MITCHELL (Eng)
1930 CHARLES WHITCOMBE (Eng)
1931 BOB KENYON (Eng)
1932
ALF PADGHAM (Eng)
1933
BOB KENYON (Eng)
1934
SYD EASTERBROOK (Eng)
1935
ERNEST WHITCOMBE (Eng)
1936
REG WHITCOMBE (Eng)
1937
BURT GADD (Eng)
1938 BOBBY LOCKE (Rsa)
1939 ARTHUR LEES (Eng)
1940-45
-
1946
FRED DALY (Nir)
1947
HARRY BRADSHAW (Irl)
1948
DAI REES (Wal)
1949
HARRY BRADSHAW (Irl)
1950
OSSIE PICKWORTH (Aus)
1951
-
1952
-
1953
ERIC BROWN (Eng)
1954-74
-
1975
CHRISTY O'CONNOR Jnr (Irl)
1976
BEN CRENSHAW (Usa)
1977
HUBERT GREEN (Usa)
1978
KEN BROWN (Sco)
1979
MARK JAMES (Eng)
1980
MARK JAMES (Eng)
1981
SAM TORRANCE (Sco)
1982
JOHN O'LEARY (Irl)
1983
SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS (Esp)
1984
BERNARD LANGER (Frg)
1985
SEVE BALLESTEROS (Esp)*
1986
SEVE BALLESTEROS (Esp)
1987
BERNARD LANGER (Frg)
1988
IAN WOOSNAM (Wal)
1989
IAN WOOSNAM (Wal)*
1990
JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL (Esp)
1991
NICK FALDO (Eng)
1992
NICK FALDO (Eng)*
1993
NICK FALDO (Eng)*
1994
BERNARD LANGER (Ger)
1995
SAM TORRANCE (Sco)*
1996
COLIN MONTGOMERIE (Sco)
1997
COLIN MONTGOMERIE (Sco)
1998
DAVID CARTER (Eng)*
1999
SERGIO GARCIA (Esp)
2000
PATRICK SJOLAND (Swe)
2001
COLIN MONTGOMERIE (Sco)
2002
SOREN HANSEN (Den)*
2003
MICHAEL CAMPBELL (Nzl)*
2004
BRETT RUMFORD (Aus)
2005
STEPHEN DODD (Wal)*
2006
THOMAS BJORN (Den)
2007
PADRAIG HARRINGTON (Irl)*
2008
RICHARD FINCH (Eng)
2009
SHANE LOWRY (Irl)+*
2010
ROSS FISHER (Eng)
2011
SIMON DYSON (Eng)
2012 JAMIE DONALDSON (Wal)
2013 PAUL CASEY (Eng)
2014 MIKKO ILONEN (Fin)
2015 SOREN KJELDSEN (Den)
2016 RORY McILROY (Nir)
2017 JON RAHM (Esp)
2018 RUSSELL KNOX (Sco)*

* won after play-off
+ Amateur


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