Michael McCumiskey

Irish Open key to Pelley's strategy but PGA Irish Region in dark over Qualifier talks

Rory McIlroy and the European Tour have massive plans for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open but there’s doubt about Lough Erne Resort’s planned hosting in 2017 and utter confusion between the tour and the Irish Region of the PGA over a possible qualifying event. 

Irish Open key to Pelley's strategy but PGA Irish Region in dark over Qualifier talks

Outrage in the PGA Irish Region — "It's all a huge offensive joke"

Never mind Ted Bishop getting fired as President of the PGA of America for his Twitter outburst earlier this week. It appears trouble brewing close to home with some members of the Irish Region of the PGA believed to be outraged by a rule change with major repercussions.

Outrage in the PGA Irish Region — "It's all a huge offensive joke"

Irish PGA in holding pattern yet again

While the Irish PGA is again in the balance, the €25,000 Slieve Russell Pro-Am will go ahead from June 8-9 in its first weekend staging.The Irish Region is again searching for a date, a venue and a new sponsor for the 103rd PGA Irish Championship.

Irish PGA heads for The Island - now for the treasure

So it’s goodbye to The European Club and hello to The Island.

Padraig Harrington, Michael McCumiskey and John Kelly in 2008Just don’t hold your breath waiting for the PGA Irish Region to put out a press release on Padraig Harrington’s bid for a seventh Irish Professional Championship title in the Donabate area next July.

So far, just two things are crystal clear. 

One - Pat Ruddy’s European Club won’t be playing host for a fourth year in a row.

And two - Padraig Harrington said in Shanghai on Sunday that he’s definitely playing the Irish PGA from July 8-11 - the week before the Open at St Andrews.

No panic for McCumiskey

Irish PGA boss Michael McCumiskey says he is not hitting any panic buttons as he battles to find a sponsor for the Irish Professional Championship.

The Dundalk man hopes to stage the Irish PGA at The European Club from July 12-15 - the week before the Open.