The K Club has signed a long-term deal with the DP World Tour which will mean the Horizon Irish Open will be staged at the Kildare venue in 2023, 2025 and 2027.

Next year’s tournament will be the first to be staged at the 2006 Ryder Cup venue since 2016, the only previous year it has hosted the tournament, when it was won by Rory McIlroy.

The deal will run through to Ireland’s next hosting of the biennial challenge with the United States at Adare Manor in 2027.

The K Club will in addition host the second-tier Challenge Tour’s Irish Challenge in 2022, 2024 and 2026.

The 2022 Open will be held at Mount Juliet from June 30th to July 3rd. In 2024 and 2026 it is likely that the tournament will be staged in Northern Ireland, where the Open Championship will return to Royal Portrush in 2025.

Horizon Therapeutics – the global biotechnology company headquartered in Dublin – signed a six-year title sponsorship deal in February.

“We share a special connection with The K Club through their hosting of the 2006 Ryder Cup, and we thank them for their commitment to the development of Irish golf through this long-term deal with both the DP World Tour and Challenge Tour,” said Guy Kinnings, the DP World Tour’s Deputy CEO, Ryder Cup Director and Chief Commercial Officer.

“This news, along with the announcement earlier in the year of Horizon as title sponsors of the Irish Open until at least 2027, underlines the strength of our sport in Ireland, as we build towards the return of the Ryder Cup to Irish shores for its centenary edition in five years’ time at Adare Manor.”

“Ireland has a rich tradition of producing world-class golfing talent and I am particularly delighted to see so many Irish golfers in the field for the 2022 tournament,” added Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers.

“The Government’s investment in the Golf Ireland Professional Scheme continues to assist Ireland’s emerging professional players as they strive to progress through the ranks. The Horizon Irish Open is a wonderful showcase for Irish golf and for Ireland as a tourism destination.”

“Our passion for golf, combined with our renowned tradition of hospitality, makes us want to share our courses and our companionship with visitors. The K Club will be the perfect host for the spectators present and for an international audience, following play from around the world.”

“The K Club has always been well known as a venue for hosting successful, international golf events and now with the guidance and fresh energy from new ownership, we are delighted to be back hosting tournaments of this calibre once again,” said General Manager Paul Heery.

The club was bought by Michael Fetherston from Dr Michael Smurfit in early 2020.

“The K Club is evolving. We are on a journey to establish a new legacy at the resort where supporting the golfing community in Ireland is an extremely important focus for us. The team at The K Club are incredibly proud to be making this long-term commitment to Irish golf which will see us host six years of high profile tournaments in Ireland.”

“It’s an exciting time for this tournament and I look forward to working with the DP World Tour and all of the tournament hosts over the next few years to help bring this great event to new levels of success,” said Dr Una May, CEO of Sport Ireland.

“I am delighted that Sport Ireland, through its sponsorship of the Horizon Irish Open, has been able to offer two invitations to emerging Irish golfers. This will provide players with the opportunity to play in a top-class DP World Tour event on home soil, and help further their careers as professional golfers.”

It was announced in February that all general admission tickets for Sunday at the 2022 Horizon Irish Open have sold out, the earliest sell-out day in the history of the DP World Tour. Limited tickets still remain for the Wednesday Celebrity Pro-Am, as well as the first three tournament days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Ladies European Tour, meanwhile, will return to Irish shores for the first time in ten years when the Women’s Irish Open takes place at Dromoland Castle this September.

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