Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Super Sport DIary -

Con­fir­ma­tion of Royal Portrush as the 2019 Open venue brings the num­ber of Open cour­ses to 10 on the mod­ern rota. The 148th Open will re­turn to North­ern Ire­land for the first time since 1951, when English­man Max Faulkner tri­umphed.

“We are happy with 10 venues,” said new R&A chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Slum­bers. “There are no dis­cus­sions about other cour­ses. Portrush was the big de­ci­sion to make.” The early days of his ten­ure have seen a hasty re-jig­ging of the Open TV con­tract, af­ter the BBC de­cided to pull the plug a year early. It will be tele­vised by Sky in 2016. “The BBC asked us af­ter the Open to get out of their con­tract, and Sky stepped in with gusto.”

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