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Ryder Cup could arrive at Royal Portrush but course faces stiff competition

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By Adam McKendry

Royal Portrush could be in line to host the Ryder Cup, golf's top team event.

The famous Dunluce Links is gearing up to host golf's biggest names at The Open Championship in July and the Royal & Ancient organisers are believed to have already pencilled it in to keep its spot in the rotation for future years.

But the course could be set to host the sport's elite again, with hopes that Portrush could welcome the Ryder Cup between years in which it will host The Open.

With Europe only having confirmed its host venues up to 2022, Portrush could earn the rights as early as 2026. However, it will face stiff competition from Limerick's Adare Manor and The Belfry in England.

"The real challenge after this summer's Open Championship is building the legacy," Janice Gault, chief executive of the Hotel Federation, told a meeting of the NI Affairs Committee at Westminster yesterday.

"There is a review currently into the golf strategy to see how this can be built upon. In golf you would look, for example, to the Ryder Cup.

"When you go after something like the Ryder Cup you need to have quite a large warchest behind you. You're really buying their brand.

"If we see Tiger Woods walking with Dunluce Castle in the background, we can't buy that sort of publicity."

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