This year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open is set be moved from Mount Juliet to the Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in Northern Ireland, according to a report.

The Irish Independent claims that it "now appears likely" that the showpiece event will take place in Galgorm over the weekend of September 24-27, in order to allow competitors to travel from the US Open without the need to quarantine. 

Current Irish government restrictions mean that anyone arriving in the country from the US would be required to self-isolate for 14 days. No such restrictions currently apply in Northern Ireland.

The tournament was originally scheduled to take place at Mount Juliet from 28-31 May, until the Covid-19 pandemic forced its postponement.

With as many as 40 European Tour players expected to take part in the US Open at Winged Foot on the weekend before the proposed new date for the Irish Open, the prospect of a severely weakened field was a major concern.

However a move to Northern Ireland would allow the likes of Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell to compete in their home tournament, although Rory McIlroy has already indicated that he is unlikely to leave the US for the foreseeable future.

Galgorm is already scheduled to host the Challenge Tour's NI Open at the start of September.