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McIlroy Supports Irish Open Move

When the Irish Open was moved from Carton House in County Kildare to Fota Island, there were perhaps question marks over whether many players would back the move.

Well it appears that Rory McIlroy and Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley are very much supporting the decision, and are looking forward to the action kicking off at Fota Island in Cork.

The Fota Island Resort was recently purchased by Chinese investors Kang Group Worldwide, which has become the official sponsor of the tournament. Two-time major winner McIlroy said of the location change: "I think it is great news the Irish Open will be played at Fota Island.

"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," he added.

And echoing the Northern Irishman’s sentiments, McGinley said: "I'm delighted that Fota Island is going to host the 2014 Irish Open. The players will love the golf course and everyone involved with the tournament will also enjoy the craic on offer in nearby Cork, Ireland's second largest city."

The Irish Open will commence from 19-22 June 2014 at Fota Island’s Deerpark Course.