Belfast Telegraph

Countdown begins to Open 2019 in Portrush

By Staff Reporter

Tourism Northern Ireland has said the countdown is now on to the hosting of golf's Open in 2019 - the biggest sporting event ever to take place in the province.

As this year's tournament enters its second day at Carnoustie in Scotland, the tourism development agency said it expected 190,000 spectators to flock to the 2019 tournament at Royal Portrush.

The event is returning to Northern Ireland after 68 years, taking place from July 18-21.

Tourism NI director Susie Brown said: "Northern Ireland's reputation as a premier destination for international events will be firmly established as a result of hosting the 148th Open and we can't wait to show the world all we have to offer.

"From stand-out golf courses across the country, visitor attractions, hotels, and a rich heritage to award-winning food and drink and the warmest of welcomes, Northern Ireland is perfectly positioned to host an event of this calibre."

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of championships at The R&A, which organises The Open, said: "We are looking forward to a historic milestone with the return of The Open to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years.

"There is real excitement among fans to see the world's top golfers playing at Royal Portrush and it promises to be a fantastic championship."

The seaside town of Portrush has been the subject of a range of projects to get it ready for The Open - including a new train station and improvements to Main Street, Dunluce Avenue and Eglinton Street in the town centre.

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