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Put it in Cork: Irish Open on the move to Fota Island

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VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP)

The Irish Open is returning to Fota Island this June after a 12-year absence.

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The tournament is changing location for the third straight year after it was held at Royal Portrush in 2012 and Carton House in 2013.

Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy says in a European Tour statement ''the country's national Open should be moved around to give everyone an opportunity to see the event, and it also gives us the chance to show the world just how many amazing courses there are in Ireland.''

The Irish Open was staged at Fota Island, in Cork in the south of the country, in 2001 and '02.

This year's event takes place from June 19-22.

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