The Irish Open Conundrum
Events of last weekend at Royal Portrush have guaranteed that the Irish Open will never be the same again. It has changed irreversibly both in terms of future venues and the nature of its financial support.
Record cumulative attendances of 112,280 over the four days of the tournament and 130,785 for whole week, tell their own tale. Through their extraordinary enthusiasm in the most hostile weather imaginable, fans at Portrush effectively demanded that the tournament should return th…
By Dermot Gilleece