Royal Portrush awaits as the Open returns to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years in 2019
As Darren Clarke says, âthis is when it starts getting really excitingâ. The mantle of Open host has passed from Carnoustie to Royal Portrush and the clock is ticking for the championship to be held outside the British mainland for the first time since 1951, when the Dunluce links hosted its one and only major.
Not that Portrush, and, indeed, seemingly the whole of Irish golf, required next-cab-on-the-rank status for their pulses to soar off the meter. Such has been the level of interest that the R&A has decided that for the first time in the 159-year history of the Open that it will be an all-ticket event.
The R&A policy was always if people wanted to enter and, more pertinently had the Â£90 at hand, then they would not be turned away.
But the R&A has realised this will just not be feasible for this momentous occasion .
Never mind Carnoustie and Rory McIlroy and the return of Tiger Woods to create the hype; it was there already. On the Monday before the 147th Open, 20 per cent of the ticket allocation was released â" and sold out in less than two days. The organisers called it âunprecedentedâ, at the same time as upgrading the forecast of the benefit to the Northern Ireland economy to more than Â£80âmillion.Source: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland