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No lead sponsor for Irish Open in Portrush

Category: Northern Ireland

Published: 9th May 2012 07:04:05

It has emerged that golf's Irish Open at Royal Portrush still has not managed to attract a principal sponsor from the private sector for the tournament.

It gets under way in just six weeks time.

The European Tour, which organises the event, said while it does not yet have a lead sponsor, it has had considerable financial support from the executive.

The prize fund for the competition is 2m euros but the total cost could be double that.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that one of the stars joining Northern Ireland's three Major winners Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke will be US PGA Championship winner, American Keegan Bradley

The Irish Open last came to Northern Ireland in 1953, when it was played at south Belfast's Belvoir Park Golf Club.

The last time Royal Portrush staged a major competition was the Open in 1951.

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