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The Open at Portrush a sell-out - 50,000 to flock to north coast

By Stewart Robson

All four days of next year's Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club have sold out.

Some 50,000 people will flood through the gates of the links course next summer to see stars such as Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell trying to win on home soil.

For the first time the event is fully ticketed, due to the amount of people expected to descend for the prestigious tournament.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of the R&A, which organises the Open, said demand had been unprecedented.

"It is clear from the record-breaking ticket sales that golf fans are looking forward to the long-awaited return of the Open to Northern Ireland," he said.

"We knew there would be great demand but it has been even higher than we expected and we expect fans will take advantage of the remaining practice day tickets now that we have sold out on Championship days."

The Open was last played here in 1951 at the same venue and was won by Englishman Max Faulkner.

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