Royal Portrush to host Irish Open in 2012

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) -- The Irish Open will return to Royal Portrush in 2012.

The European Tour also announced Friday the 2013 event will be held at Carton House Golf Club in County Kildare, Ireland -- the venue for the championship in 2005 and 2006.

Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell -- three recent Irish major winners -- are all members at Royal Portrush. It hosted the British Open in 1951 and the Senior British Open in 1995-99 and 2004.

This year's Irish Open will be held June 28-July 1, three weeks before the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Anne's in northern England.