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Fota Island to host 2014 Irish Open

County Cork resort Fota Island has been chosen to stage this year’s Irish Open.

The unexpected news is set to be officially announced imminently.

The tournament, which takes place between 19-22 June, will see the European Tour event make its return to the Cork club for the first time since Soren Hansen’s victory in 2002.

Carton House was the 2013 venue and it had been tipped to stage the tournament again; however, Fota’s new Chinese owners have stuck first and declared their interest in hosting the event.

Kang Family Worldwide purchased the five-star resort for a figure which was reported to be in the region of £17.5m last August.

Fota Island can be found 10 miles from Cork City, and the famous venue first hosted the Irish Open in 2001, the victor that day being Colin Montgomerie. 12 months later and it was Dane Hansen who took the spoils.

In 2013 Paul Casey won the event at Carton House as he took a three-stroke victory over Joost Luiten and Robert Rock.