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Open should come back to Royal Portrush

With reference to Peter Hutcheon's article 'It's time for Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell to enjoy home comforts' (Sport, August 3), I am curious to know why he feels that bringing the Open Championship back to Royal Portrush is "a non-runner these days" when it returns to venues like Sandwich, Turnberry, Lytham St Annes and Carnoustie.

Everyone knows Royal Portrush is arguably the best course the Open has ever been played on. The course has been lengthened to just under 7,200 yards to accommodate major tournaments and top professionals, and infrastructure and accommodation are better than ever before. Successful North West 200s and air shows have proven that, so what's the problem?

I feel that Mr Hutcheon's article is typical of the defeatist attitude of our golf writers concerning this issue. Rather than dismiss it, why not explore and debate the possibility?

GARY McNEILL

Portrush, Co Antrim

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