Lo­cal buy-in

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - The Open -

Af­ter al­most seven decades of wait­ing, the lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents of Portrush were not go­ing to let their chance go beg­ging. Most of the houses were rented out for an av­er­age of £5,000 for the week, and the lo­cal bars pro­jected tak­ings at nine times the av­er­age they would ex­pect for the en­tire month of July. The Open had faced awk­ward ques­tions over a “cel­e­bra­tion of march­ing bands” from the Portrush Sons of Ul­ster, but on the packed streets and in the heav­ing bars there was not a shred of ten­sion. Ire­land, both north and south, emerged from the shadow of Scot­land as a pre­mier des­ti­na­tion for golfers who love the feel of links be­neath their feet.

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