By Brian Keogh
Hopes of a last hurrah for the European Open at the K Club's Ryder Cup course have taken a nose-dive.
European Tour boss George O'Grady wanted a farewell event on the Palmer Course next year following the loss of sponsors Smurfit Kappa.
But with K Club owner Dr Michael Smurfit only offering the newer Smurfit Course as a possible venue, the tour has gone off the idea.
Speaking at Valderrama O'Grady said: "If we want to go there, Dr Smurfit has made us welcome on the Smurfit Course.
"But I think the long term future is outside Ireland. We have a lot of interest in Britain and very strong venue interest.
"We also have a lot of potential partners and a sponsor ready to go."
O'Grady also hinted that the Seve Trophy was also a non-runner after this year's fiasco at the Heritage.
He said: "Ireland has been asked to do too much in a golfing sense and the Seve Trophy was a bridge too far.
"Anything coming after the Ryder Cup is a tough one. There is a limit to how much you can go to Ireland."
Talks on the future involvement of Failte Ireland in the Irish Open are on-going.
But O'Grady said: "Tom Kane from Adare has really got behind it. There is now a lot of commercial interest in the Irish Open."