The Ladies Irish Open will be staged once again at Killeen Castle in 2012, marking its third successive year at the venue.

Over the past few years the field at the Ladies Irish Open has grown from strength to strength, cementing its place on the Ladies European Tour and showcasing some of the world’s top players.

A host of Solheim Cup Stars competing this week have become regular Irish Open participants and favourites with the Irish crowd including America’s Christina Kim and England’s Laura Davies.

The past two champions Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson (2010) and world number two Suzann Pettersen from Norway, who shot a course record 63 this year, will be leading the charge for Europe this week as they attempt to grasp The Solheim Cup from the Americans.