A brand new format and a tournament full of innovation is certain to make the 2017 Northern Ireland Open, presented by Modest! Golf a highlight of the 2017 European Challenge Tour season.
Now in its fifth year, the NI Open is one of the best supported events on the Road to Oman, both with record attendances and depth of field. Now in 2017, the NI Open has embraced the European Tour’s vision of introducing fresh new ideas and innovation to professional golf with the introduction of NI Open Shootout Sunday.
The NI Open takes place at its perennial home Galgorm Castle from August 10-13 with 156 players teeing it up ahead of the traditional 36-hole cut, before another cut after 54 holes followed by the top 24 competing over five rounds of six-hole strokeplay matches in what will be a high octane and dramatic #NIOpenShootoutSunday.
Continuing the short form matchplay theme from other European Tour events such as this year’s Super 6 in Perth, Australia, the NI Open will produce even greater excitement because the knock-out, strokeplay format on the final day will ensure the action continues until the last hole for each of the 28 matches.
Mark McDonnell, Director of Modest! Golf, said: “We are delighted to return to the NI Open, this time as Presenting Sponsor. We love working alongside the European Challenge Tour and Galgorm Castle and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever before.”
Fellow Modest! Golf Director Niall Horan commented: “We are excited to be returning to the NI Open and introducing a brand new format. Shootout Sunday will be an exciting concept, both for the players and for spectators.”
Interactive and family events will be on site at Galgorm Castle during the NI Open and the event will once again have FREE entry for all spectators.
Tournament Ambassador Michael Hoey continues to be closely involved and has been a key figure in helping to make the NI Open an even better experience for players, spectators and television viewers.
“The NI Open comes hot on the heels of the Irish Open and what is being devised here at algorm is an exciting new twist which sets it apart from anything we’ve ever had,” said Hoey, a five–time European Tour winner, who finished eighth at Galgorm in 2016 behind winner Ryan Fox from New Zealand.