The Irish Open for 2020 is set to be rescheduled from early July to May 28-31st. Due to both the Olympics and the Ryder Cup taking place next year, the Irish Open has had to move its tournament dates to just a mere 3 weeks before the US Open. With the golfing season already becoming increasingly more condensed, it is up to the tournaments to try and accommodate as many players as possible. At this moment in time, nothing has been confirmed or made public by The European Tour. However, word has been sent to a number of the top players in order to give them notice.
There is also the issue of a venue for the Tour to decide on as well. Mount Juliet has put its name forward with some backing from Padraig Harrington. It would be the first time the venue has hosted the tournament since 1995. A couple of other clubs such as The Island and Portmarnock Links were also put forward. The European Tour have yet to even announce who will be the events host.
One story which had garnered all the headlines for this years Irish Open, was Rory McIlroy’s absence. He opted to skip this years Irish Open in preparation for The Open Championship which was held at Royal Portrush. And for 2020, the Memorial, the Canadian Open, the US Open and the Travelers Championship all occupy the four weeks after the new proposed Irish Open date, something will have to give again.
There may be hope that the event may entice a number of the high profile golfers to arrive early for the JP McManus Pro Am. This event is set to be held on the 6th and 7th of July. Regardless, The European Tour will be looking to confirm a date and venue in the coming weeks.