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BRITISH OPEN MOVES TO NORTHERN IRELAND IN 2019
The British Open is heading across the Irish Sea for the first time in nearly 70 years, with Royal Portrush announced Tuesday as the 2019 venue for golf ’s oldest major championship. Royal Portrush staged the British Open in 1951, when Max Faulkner of England lifted the Claret Jug.
That is the only time the event has been held outside England or Scotland. The push to bring the Open back to Northern Ireland gained momentum with three players from the country — Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy — winning majors since 2010. McIlroy is a four-time major champion and No. 3 in the world golf rankings. “Royal Portrush is one of my favorite golf courses in the world,” said McIlroy, the British Open champion in 2014. “I think it will be a fantastic Open venue.”