Irish PGA Championship to move for 2010


The Irish PGA Championship will not be staged at The European Club next year, although a new venue has yet to be decided.

Michael McCumiskey, secretary of the PGA Irish Region, revealed talks were on-going with a number of other venues to succeed the Wicklow club which has staged the tournament for the last three years.

Padraig Harrington has chosen to use the event as a warm-up for the Open Championship in recent years.

"We would like to thank Pat Ruddy and The European Club for their fantastic support of the event over the past three years and they undoubtedly played an important part in Padraig Harrington’s preparations for the Open Championship," said McCumiskey.

"We have discussed with Padraig what his plans for 2010 are but his manager confirmed he will not be making any decisions until the end of the 2009 season.

"In the meantime we are talking to a number of golf courses with a view to staging the Irish PGA Championship next year and are considering all options in particular with regard to the financing and sponsorship of the event."

The Irish PGA Championship is the Emerald Isle's oldest professional golf tournament and dates back to 1907 and has been won by the likes of Padraig Harrington, Christy O'Connor, Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke.