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Ticket hope for fans on waiting list for Portrush Open Championship

Royal Portrush Golf Club is hosting The Open in County Antrim
Royal Portrush Golf Club is hosting The Open in County Antrim

The Chief Executive of R&A has offered fresh ticket hope to Northern Ireland golf fans who are on the waiting list for the 2019 Open at Royal Portrush.

Martin Slumbers said he was "taken aback" at how fast tickets for the event sold out.

He was speaking at the official launch of the tournament at Titanic Belfast on Thursday night.

The R&A boss said that some people were returning tickets and those on the waiting list could benefit from that.

Mr Slumbers also noted that practice day tickets were still available and that Wednesday could be the largest practice day in Open history.

"It's a long time in my life where you've seen a country so energised by a golf championship

He said the work going on behind the scenes was creating an "enormous excitement" for the tournament.

The 148th Open will be held at Royal Portrush from July 18-21

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