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Irish Open prize money drops

The amount of prize money at this year's Irish Open has dropped by 50 per cent but a number of top players will be packing their golf clothing for the event.

Major winners Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy will all be donning their golf shoes at the event in Kilarney.

The prize pot has depleted after the main sponsor, telecommunications giant Three, pulled out of the event.

However, the prize money still stands at a whopping £1.35 million.

European Tour officials are confident that this year will just be a blip in the history of the event and they remain optimistic that a new sponsor will be found for next year's event.

George O'Grady, European Tour chief executive, said: "There is a lot of sponsor interest but not in time to make it work this year."

Whoever claims victory in Kilarney at the end of July will pick up a cheque for around £225,000, half the figure Ross Fischer won in 2010.
 

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