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No tickets left for Portrush's Open finale

 

By Adam McKendry

The final day of the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush has sold out just under a year in advance of the tournament.

The event's governing body, The R&A, announced that all passes for Sunday's play at next year's Major have already been sold due to a phenomenal demand for tickets.

The weekly and weekend bundle tickets have also sold out for the tournament, which will take place from July 18-21 in 2019.

Passes are still available for the practice days and for the first three tournament days of the Championship, however given the demand it is likely that these too will sell out.

Organisers are expecting 190,000 spectators to pass through the gates at next year's Open, with the tournament anticipated to earn the Northern Ireland economy somewhere in the region of £80m.

It'll be a significant step up on the 112,000 people that attended when Royal Portrush hosted the Irish Open in 2012, with that success being the catalyst that saw the course added back onto The Open rotation list in June 2014.

Italy's Francesco Molinari will be the defending champion at Royal Portrush after his two-shot win at Carnoustie last month.

It will be the first time that The Open has been staged in Northern Ireland since 1951, when Max Faulkner won at the Dunluce.

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