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More tickets to go on sale for The Open after chiefs boost attendance

Royal Portrush will host The Open in July
Royal Portrush will host The Open in July
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

R&A chiefs have confirmed that additional tickets will be released for this summer's Open Championship at Royal Portrush after the phenomenal demand.

An extra 15,000 tickets - 3,750 for each tournament day - will be put on sale on April 15, boosting the overall attendance figures to 215,000 across the four days.

Open chiefs have opted to make the move after passes for the tournament days sold out in record time when they went on sale last August, with this announcement meaning those who missed out will have another chance to secure their place at the event.

Tickets will go on general sale on April 15 or they can be purchased through the The One Club, the R&A's exclusive membership system that provides priority access to tickets for the tournament.

"From the moment tickets and hospitality packages went on sale last year it was clear that there was huge demand from fans to attend this historic occasion," said Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A.

"We have been working closely with the government agencies, our advisers and contractors to assess whether we could accommodate some fans on each day of the Championship and have decided that we can do so without impacting on the outstanding spectator experience we provide."

The event, which is being staged from July 18-21, is set to be one of the biggest sporting events hosted in Northern Ireland as golf fans from across the world flock to the famous north coast links.

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Star names such as World No.1 Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, defending champion Francesco Molinari and 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods will all compete against local favourite Rory McIlroy for the title on the Dunluce course.

It's the first time the tournament will be held in Northern Ireland since 1951, when the Dunluce Links also hosted it and Max Faulkner was the champion.

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