Irish Open: Galgorm Spa & Resort to host European Tour event in September

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The Irish Open will be played three weeks after the NI Open at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort takes place at the site in Ballymena

The Irish Open is expected to be held at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort from September 24-27, just three weeks after the NI Open at the same venue.

This year's Irish Open was scheduled for Mount Juliet in Kilkenny in May, but fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Irish government's Covid-19 restrictions mean the event now appears to be set in Northern Ireland.

The venue would allow participants to travel from the US Open to play in Galgorm without going into quarantine.

] This year's second major will take place at Winged Foot in New York, the week leading up to the likely new Irish Open date.

About 40 European Tour players will play in the US Open and the current Irish government requirements mean that all visitors from the US must restrict their movements for 14 days after arriving in the

Rory McIlroy has previously suggested that he is unlikely to travel home for the Irish Open this year.

Tournament organizers will be optimistic that other Irish big winners Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry will return for their national open.

In December, McDowell was announced as the tournament guest of the Irish Open for 2020 and 2021.

McIlroy served for a number of years while Paul McGinley held the position in Lahinch in 2019.

Galgorm was to host his second World Invitational. men's and women's professional event in August, but after that was called off due to Covid-19, it was announced that the NI Open of the European Challenge Tour would be played at the Ballymena venue in early September.

The anticipated announcement that the Irish Open will be played in Galgorm marks an extraordinary month for the Ballymena club, which opened in 1997.

The second-tier NI Open was played in Galgorm for several years until 2018.

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