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Portstewart Golf Club would be perfect fit for Irish Open

By Peter Hutcheon

Portstewart Golf Club would make an ideal addition to the rota of current Irish Open courses and the club is hoping it will be confirmed as the 2017 venue shortly.

It is believed the European Tour has visited the County Londonderry venue to make sure it has the necessary infrastructure to host such a huge event. The Irish Opens at neighbouring Royal Portrush in 2012 and at Royal County Down last year were both sell-outs with crowds of 40,000 each day.

Portstewart secretary manager Michael Moss said there was no doubt in his mind that the clubs is up to the task.

"We'd like to do it," he said. "Royal Portrush hosted it in 2012 - a links course. Royal County Down hosted it in 2015 - another links course.

"The European Tour likes the profile of the links course for the Irish Open and getting it back to where it should be.

"So if the Irish Open is going to be held on a links in Northern Ireland again, the obvious next choice is Portstewart. We could host the Irish Open tomorrow - the course is ready."

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