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About the Championship

Blessed with some of the world's finest golf courses, Ireland can also bask in a golfing heritage to match highlighted by the Irish PGA Championship - the Emerald Isle's oldest professional golf tournament which dates back to 1907.

As befitting a championship on the verge of celebrating its centenary, the event is peppered with great names who have all won the trophy during its history.

Legendary duo Christy O'Connor and Harry Bradshaw top the honours board having each claimed the title an impressive 10 times.

More recently the remarkable Des Smyth has come closest to matching the achievements of O'Connor and Bradshaw by notching up six victories.

Along the way the two time Ryder Cup player has also created a slice of history by becoming the only man to capture the trophy in four separate decades, winning in the 70's, 80's, 90's and 2001.

In 2003 at Adare Manor, Paul McGinley's marched to victory making him the first player to successfully defend the trophy since Smyth won at Waterville in 1986.

McGinley's other victories had come at Fota Island (1997), County Louth (2000), and Westport (2002).

Fellow Ryder Cup player Padraig Harrington emulated his team-mate by retaining the title in 2005 at Palmerstown House, having won the previous year at St Margaret's.

Harrington lifted his first Irish title at Powerscourt in 1998.

In recent years Niall Kearney has been the dominant force winning back to back titles in 2014 & 15 - the latter achieved by a record-breaking 14 strokes.

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