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Royal Portush is ready for The Open

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 29/07/2015

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Confirmation that The Open golf championship is on its way to Royal Portrush arrived yesterday with the rumble of construction vehicles moving onto the famous old course.

The earliest the tournament can be hosted by the club is 2019 but work to make the course ready is now underway with architect Martin Ebert promising that the world's best golfers will be pushed to their limit.

"There's no doubt that it will be a huge test for them," he said. "It's already proved that throughout the years but the changes we are making from the back tees make it an even stiffer challenge."

The course renovations, costing millions of pounds, will be complete by 2017, over two years before the tournament could be staged at Royal Portrush.

But it is coming and club captain Sir Richard McLaughlin praised the role of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell in bringing it here.

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