This is GW news from a very sunny Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. It was here that yesterday R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson announced that once again, the famous links behind me will be on the Open Championship rostra.
We couldn’t be more excited about bringing the Open back here, to one of the world’s truly great links courses. We have every confidence that Royal Portrush will prove to be an excellent venue in absolutely every way.
The last time it was held here was over sixty years ago, when Englishman Max Faulkner was victorious by two strokes.
The announcement makes Royal Portrush the tenth venue on the Open Championship rostra, and the R&A are delighted to have it back.
It’s a wonderful golf course, it’s a true links course with all of the sand hills the undulations, the dunes you would be looking for on a links course, and it’s very well served here by roads. It’s already a holiday destination, there’s lots of accommodation and the infrastructure really is pretty good and we can’t wait to get back.
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson was also here yesterday, and he was keen to stress how this points to a better future for a country with a very troubled past.
There’s reputational damage because of our past. We want people to think of Northern Ireland and then immediately think golf. You’ve got almost a hundred million people watching by the time we will have this tournament on television. The one thing we have proved in Northern Ireland, is that we can handle big events.
The Open is unlikely to return to Royal Portrush before 2019, and we may have to wait one or two years after that, but if it looks anything like it does here today, we are in for a real treat. That’s all for today, join us tomorrow for more GW news, in the meantime you can find us on twitter @golfingworldtv and we’re on facebook and Instagram.