Business of Sport: Royal Portrush gets ready to Open for business in 2019

By the time the Open Championship reaches Portrush in 2019, it will be worth in the region of €90 million to the North, writes Brian Keogh at Hoylake.

20th July, 2014
Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the first hole during the Open Championship in Liverpool last week. Picture: Getty

It’s not just the biggest golf tournament in the world, it’s also massive business, estimated to be worth close to €90 million to the local economy.

The Open – the oldest and most prestigious of golf’s four major championships — will return to these shores from 2019 at the earliest, with organisers the R&A inviting Royal Portrush back onto the rota of courses used for the event.

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