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Golf: R&A to give Portrush nod for 2019 Open

The County Antrim course will be named as host for the 2019 Open Championship. Picture: PA

The County Antrim course will be named as host for the 2019 Open Championship. Picture: PA

THE R&A has called a press conference at Royal Portrush Golf Club on Monday at which it will announce the County Antrim course is to host the 2019 Open Championship.

It will be the first time the Northern Irish venue has hosted the world’s oldest major since 1951, when England’s Max Faulkner was the champion.

There had been concerns about the local infrastructure’s ability to cope but the Irish Open was held there in 2012 and drew huge crowds.

The course itself is regarded as one of the finest links in the world and has been backed by the likes of major champions Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell.

 

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