Mount Juliet will stage the 102nd Irish Professional Championship from October 11-14.

Irish Region Secretary Michael McCumiskey said: “Mount Juliet is regarded as one of the best golf resorts in the world and we are delighted they are hosting the Irish PGA Championship in 2012.”

The event clashes with the Portugal Masters which means Simon Thornton may not defend his title after winning back his European Tour card through the Challenge Tour rankings last season.

Thornton said: “I’m hoping to play as many European Tour events as I can but if I don’t get a start that week, I’d love to defend my title at Mount Juliet.”

Mount Juliet boasts a rich tournament history and was the venue for the Irish Open from 1993 to 1995 and two World Golf Championships, where Tiger Woods and Ernie Els triumphed.

McCumiskey added: “Mount Juliet always have the golf course in pristine condition and is evidenced by the many golfers who visit there every year. We look forward to staging another successful Championship.’’

The qualifying rounds will be staged at Mount Juliet on September 4th and 25th.