0 Open Championship to be staged at Royal Portrush in 2019

GraemeBeatt AtlanticRoyal Portrush Golf Club will host the 2019 Open Championship, with the event returning to the Northern Ireland venue for the first time in 68 years.

Organiser the Royal & Ancient said last year that Royal Portrush would host the event, and on Tuesday it confirmed 18-21 July 2019 as the dates.

A successful staging of the Open at Royal Portrush in 2019 is likely to mean the major returning to the venue.

The Open will be the biggest sporting event ever held in Northern Ireland.

Portrush's hosting of the event in 1951 is the only previous occasion the golf major was staged outside England or Scotland.

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said he was "delighted" to announce the event's return to Northern Ireland for what will be the 148th staging of the championship.

"We can now begin the countdown to what will be a wonderful festival of golf at one of the sport's truly outstanding venues," he said.

Darren Clarke, the 2011 Open champion and current European Ryder Cup captain, was also present and said he was "thrilled".

"To have the biggest and finest tournament is a very proud moment and the event coming here is a huge step of trust by the R&A," he added.

The chairman of Royal Portrush's championship organising committee, John Bamber, said Tuesday's announcement represented "one of the greatest days" in the course's history.

"We are all extremely delighted and excited and it's great to see the clock ticking to the Open Championship at Royal Portrush again," he said.

Read the full article from the BBC HERE

You can read an article on the Royal Portrush Course Manager Graeme Beatt HERE

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