The 2023 KPMG Women’s Irish Open is making its way back to Dromoland Castle from 31 August – 3 September. Having returned to the Ladies European Tour (LET) Schedule in 2022, following a ten-year absence, the tournament will now take place three weeks earlier in the calendar in 2023 with Europe’s top golfers competing for the €400,000 prize fund.
The inaugural KPMG Women’s Irish Open was staged in September 2022 at Dromoland Castle’s championship course in County Clare and saw a record 24,000 people, including many families, pass through the gates over the four days of the tournament.
The 2022 competition
The event was ultimately won by Klara Spilková from the Czech Republic, claiming her first LET Tour victory in over five years, overcoming Ursula Wikström and Nicole Broch Estrup in a nail-biting playoff on Sunday. Having come agonisingly close to securing a spot in that playoff, Irish golfer and KPMG ambassador, Leona Maguire will once again tee it up at Dromoland Castle as she seeks to become the first Irish winner of the event.
The Cavan native missed out on the playoff by a single shot despite playing incredible golf over the weekend, including the lowest score of the 3rd round, a magnificent 65 (-7) which saw her charge up the leaderboard to sit just two shots off the pace going into the final round on Sunday. A final round 68 (-4) secured Leona a share of fourth place.
Dromoland Castle’s championship course
Located on the shores of Lough Dromoland, Dromoland Castle’s 18-hole 6,824 yards par 72 championship course, designed by Ron Kirby and JB Carr, was a fitting setting for the return of the KPMG Women’s Irish Open. The world class course, undertook a €2 million upgrade in advance of the 2022 tournament, proved to be a demanding and exhilarating test for some of the game’s top golfers. In 2023 the KPMG Women’s Irish Open will also begin an exciting two weeks of professional golf in Ireland with the Men’s Irish Open taking place in The K Club the following week.
2022 KPMG Women’s Irish Open Champion
Congratulations to Klara Spilkova from the Czech Republic who is the 2022 KPMG Women’s Irish Open Champion after a three-way playoff. It was an incredible finish to a historic event at Dromoland Castle, where she birdied the par-five 18th hole to defeat Nicole Broch Estrup and Ursula Wikstrom, both of whom made pars. The trio finished on 14 under par after a dramatic final day. A massive well done to KPMG Brand Ambassador Leona Maguire who finished joint 4th in a hugely competitive tournament.
Thank you to everyone who attended throughout the week of the tournament, and for supporting KPMG’s Journey as we brought back the Irish Open for the first time in 10 years.
KPMG & golf
In addition to our support of women’s sport in Ireland, KPMG also works to help inspire greatness amongst golfers at both the grassroots and in the professional game.
KPMG has a long and proud heritage in the game of golf, both in Ireland and abroad, having been title sponsor of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship since 2015, one of five majors in the women’s golf which took place in late June in Maryland, USA. The tournament had a total purse of $9 million, a 300% increase on the total purse prior to KPMG’s sponsorship of the event, with the winner receiving $1.35 million.
In Ireland, we are also the title sponsor of the Irish Kids Golf Tour, which is open to girls and boys aged 6 to 13 years old and features some of the best young golfers in Ireland.
Irish professional golfer, Leona Maguire, has been a KPMG ambassador since she turned professional in 2018 and we are committed to supporting her as she progresses to the next stages of her career.