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Royal Portrush To Hold The British Open In 2019 - And It's Not The First Time

Royal Portrush To Hold The British Open In 2019 - And It's Not The First Time

For just the second time in its history, the British Open will be held outside the UK domain when it returns to the Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.

That year, the tournament was won by England's Max Faulkener.

The leaderboard was packed with British, Australian, and South African names, these being the days when American golfers barely even bothered to cross the Atlantic. Four years after his big win in Hoylake, Fred Daly finished tied fourth.

Portrush was suggested as a candidate to hold the British Open in 2019 following the outstanding figures who attended the Antrim venue for the Irish Open in 2012. Irish golf professionals Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell  were all part of the campaign to secure the British Open on Portrush's behalf.

Following the R&A announcement a delighted Rory McIlroy beamed:

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Royal Portrush is one of my favourite golf courses in the world. I think it will be a fantastic Open venue. They are going to add a couple of new holes to the golf course and I think that will be a great addition and will make the course even stronger. I'm really looking forward to it.

The majority of club members voted in favour of relocating the British Open in August 2014 and Portrush is guaranteed to stage the tournament twice more before 2040. It is expected that hosting the Open could generate up to £70 million for the local economy.

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Sinead Farrell