Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Record Prize fund for 2006 Nissan Open

€2.2 million is the new prize fund for the 2006 Nissan Open, an increase of €200 000 from last year. The event which will be played over the highly-acclaimed Colin Montgomerie course at Carton House will be going into it's fourth year as a prestigious event on the golfing calander.

The prize fund, which has steadily been increasing over the past 30yrs, has been rapidly increasing ever since Nissan took over as title sponsors. €35 000 was the prize fund in 1975 when Christy O’Connor Jnr captured the title. It reached a dramatic point in 1996, standing at €1 000 000 when Monty won the first of his three Irish Open titles. €2,000,000 was the fund when Stephen Dodd of Wales triumphed at Carton House last year.

"The increased prize fund presents us with a great opportunity to attract some of Europe’s most elite players to play in the 2006 Nissan Irish Open as the pressure to accumulate Ryder Cup points mounts and I am confident that this coupled with our return to the superb world-class Montgomerie course in Carton House will attract record spectator numbers for a truly spectacular event in May 2006," were the words of Gerard O’Toole, Executive Chairman, Nissan Ireland.

The course where the venue is being hosted at, Carton House, was designed by Monty himself and has currently been undergoing some modifying develpoments in time for the event in May 18-21.


At 10:47 pm, Blogger Miranda said...

The pictures I saw on the Carlton House website were spectacular. They need more pictures of the course though for those of us who haven't gotten to see it on tv.


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