Irish Open Winners and History

Irish Open Winners and History

Irish Open Winners and History

Ireland’s national golf championship was first contested in 1927 at Portmarnock golf club. George Duncan of Scotland, who had previously won the 1920 Open Championship, took home the prize.

Since 1927, the Irish Open has been an on-again, off-again sort of affair. It was paused—as were most national championships—for World War II, then not played from 1951-52, and 1954 to 1962. It was replaced by Carroll’s International from 1963 to 1974. Those winners are included in the chart below for continuity.

Finally, the Irish Open returned in 1975, as Carroll’s Irish Open with European Tour sanctioning.

The tournament record aggregate score is held by Colin Montgomerie (2001) and Ross Fisher (2010) at 266. Christy O’Connor, Junior (1975) and Bernhard Langer (1984) set the pace at -21 to par.

A complete list of Irish Open winners follows:

Irish Open Winners

YearWinnerVenueScoreTo parMargin
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
2019John Rahm (2)Lahinch264-162 strokes
2018Russell KnoxBallyliffin274-14playoff
2017John RahmPortstewart264-246 Strokes
2016Rory McIlroyThe K Club276-123 strokes
2015Søren KjeldsenRoyal County Down282-2Playoff
The Irish Open
2014Mikko IlonenFota Island271-131 stroke
2013Paul CaseyCarton House274-143 strokes
2012Jamie DonaldsonRoyal Portrush270-184 strokes
Irish Open presented by Discover Ireland
2011Simon DysonKillarney269-151 stroke
The 3 Irish Open
2010Ross FisherKillarney266-182 strokes
2009Shane Lowry (a)County Louth271-17Playoff
Irish Open
2008Richard FinchAdare278-102 strokes
2007Pádraig HarringtonAdare283-5Playoff
Nissan Irish Open
2006Thomas BjørnCarton House283-51 stroke
2005Stephen DoddCarton House279-9Playoff
2004Brett RumfordCounty Louth274-144 strokes
2003Michael CampbellPortmarnock277-11Playoff
Murphy's Irish Open
2002Søren HansenFota Island270-14Playoff
2001Colin Montgomerie (3)Fota Island266-185 strokes
2000Patrik SjölandBallybunion270-142 strokes
1999Sergio GarcíaDruids Glen268-163 strokes
1998David CarterDruids Glen278-6Playoff
1997Colin Montgomerie (2)Druids Glen269-157 strokes
1996Colin MontgomerieDruids Glen279-51 stroke
1995Sam Torrance (2)Mount Juliet277-11Playoff
1994Bernhard Langer (3)Mount Juliet275-131 stroke
Carroll's Irish Open
1993Nick Faldo (3)Mount Juliet276-12Playoff
1992Nick Faldo (2)Killarney274-14Playoff
1991Nick FaldoKillarney283-53 strokes
1990José María OlazábalPortmarnock282-63 strokes
1989Ian Woosnam (2)Portmarnock278-10Playoff
1988Ian WoosnamPortmarnock278-107 strokes
1987Bernhard Langer (2)Portmarnock269-1910 strokes
1986Seve Ballesteros (3)Portmarnock285-32 strokes
1985Seve Ballesteros (2)Royal Dublin278-10Playoff
1984Bernhard LangerRoyal Dublin267-214 strokes
1983Seve BallesterosRoyal Dublin271-172 strokes
1982John O'LearyPortmarnock287-11 stroke
1981Sam TorrancePortmarnock276-125 strokes
1980Mark James (2)Portmarnock284-41 stroke
1979Mark JamesPortmarnock282-61 stroke
1978Ken BrownPortmarnock281-71 stroke
1977Hubert GreenPortmarnock283-51 stroke
1976Ben CrenshawPortmarnock284-42 strokes
1975Christy O'Connor JnrWoodbrook275-211 stroke
1954 - 1974 No Tournament
1953Eric BrownBelvoir Park272?1 stroke
1951-52: No tournament
1950Ossie PickworthRoyal Dublin287?2 strokes
1949Harry Bradshaw (2)Belvoir Park286?1 stroke
1948Dai ReesPortmarnock295?2 strokes
1947Harry BradshawRoyal Portrush290?2 strokes
1946Fred DalyPortmarnock288?4 strokes
194 - 19–45: No tournament due to World War II
1939Arthur LeesRoyal County Down287?2 strokes
1938Bobby LockePortmarnock292?1 stroke
1937Bert GaddRoyal Portrush284?1 stroke
1936Reg WhitcombeRoyal Dublin281?2 strokes
1935Ernest Whitcombe (2)Royal County Down292?Playoff
1934Syd EasterbrookPortmarnock284?7 strokes
1933Bob Kenyon (2)Malone286?2 strokes
1932Alf PadghamCork283?1 stroke
1931Bob KenyonRoyal Dublin291?2 strokes
1930Charles WhitcombeRoyal Portrush289?8 strokes
1929Abe MitchellPortmarnock309?Playoff
1928Ernest WhitcombeRoyal County Down288?4 strokes
1927George DuncanPortmarnock312?1 stroke
Winners of the Irish Open from 1927 to Present
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