The Horizon Irish Open will assume a new place on the DP World Tour’s Global Schedule next season when it is contested from September 7-10, 2023.
As announced in April, the island of Ireland’s national open will be played at The K Club in County Kildare, with the 2006 Ryder Cup venue also hosting the Horizon Irish Open in 2025 and 2027, with the Challenge Tour’s Irish Challenge being played there in the intervening years, 2022, 2024 and 2026.
Next year’s tournament will be the second staging of the Irish Open at The K Club, the first time coming in 2016 when Rory McIlroy famously claimed the title as he eagled the final hole to win by three strokes, earning his first professional victory on Irish soil.
For Horizon Therapeutics, the global biotechnology company headquartered in Dublin, next September’s tournament will be the second of a six-year agreement signed in February 2022.
Paul Heery, General Manager of The K Club, said: “The K Club has always had a strong reputation as a venue for hosting successful, international golf events. Now, with the guidance and fresh energy from new ownership, we are delighted to be back hosting tournaments of this calibre.
“Supporting the golfing community in Ireland is an extremely important focus for us at The K Club. Our team is 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.
“The new date for the Horizon Irish Open will attract a stronger field of golfers, resulting in a more exciting and engaging event for both competitors and followers. We very much look forward to welcoming players from all over the world to our Arnold Palmer designed courses and watching the dramatic action unfold on the fairways.”
Timothy P Walbert, CEO of Horizon Therapeutics, said: “This year’s Horizon Irish Open was a success with record crowds, a significant amount of money raised for Make-A-Wish® Ireland and a first-time DP World Tour winner. This tournament holds a significant place in Irish golf tradition and we are very pleased with the collaboration between the tour and the K Club to build on that tradition in September of 2023.”
Simon Alliss, Championship Director of the Horizon Irish Open, said: “We are incredibly excited to announce a new date for the Horizon Irish Open and we are looking forward to returning to The K Club next September.
“The Irish Open is one of the highlights of Ireland’s sporting calendar and we look forward to staging the event at a time when European golf will be at the forefront of everyone’s mind ahead of the Ryder Cup.”
In terms of the 2023 Ryder Cup, as announced in August, the qualification for the European Team will conclude on Sunday September 3, the week ahead of the Horizon Irish Open.
The full 2023 DP World Tour schedule will be announced in due course.
Make-A-Wish® Ireland, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, will once again be the Official Charity of the Horizon Irish Open. Nearly €121,000 was raised for the charity at the 2022 Irish Open, including €18,500 as part of the Birdies for Wishes initiative, with €500 donated for every birdie made on the 18th hole that week.
Fans are invited to register their interest in purchasing tickets for the 2023 Horizon Irish Open and are urged to do so to avoid disappointment. Last year, General Admission was sold out on Saturday and Sunday, with Premium Experiences also completely sold out during the week of the tournament. Click here to register your interest.
First played in 1927, the Irish Open is one of the world’s most famous national opens, boasting former champions such as Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Pádraig Harrington, Bernhard Langer, Rory McIlroy, Colin Montgomerie, José María Olazábal and Jon Rahm. History was made earlier this year when Adrian Meronk became the first Polish winner on the DP World Tour as he triumphed at Mount Juliet Estate.