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Eyes of world on Portrush as The Open comes to town

Editor's Viewpoint

The sight of Tiger Woods playing the majestic fairways of Royal Portrush yesterday brought home the reality that Northern Ireland will be hosting golf's most prestigious competition in just three days.

When Italian Francesco Molinari starts his defence of The Open title on Thursday, we will be playing host to arguably our biggest ever sporting event.

While local hopes will be pinned on Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell or Darren Clarke lifting the Claret Jug, the undisputed winner is already Royal Portrush.

A worldwide TV audience running into an estimated 600 million will be treated to four days of golf on one of the finest links courses in the world.

This is the kind of exposure that money simply cannot buy, and as Darren Clarke has said, it is proof of how far this country has come in the past two decades.

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