Bringing the Open Championship to Ireland for the first time since 1951 looks to have proven a major winner for the event with the strongest ever opening day of ticket sales.
40,000 of the available near 200,000 tickets over the four days of competition at Royal Portrush in July 2019 have now been sold.
The Open will now move to an all-ticket model for the first time in 2019 and it is expected to be the first ever Championship to sell out.
Hospitality experiences have been in equally high demand with The Links Club Hospitality having already sold out for Saturday and Sunday and only limited availability remaining for weekly packages.
An estimated 190,000 spectators are expected to attend The 148th Open.
“Monday’s record-breaking ticket sales underline the level of excitement there is among fans at the prospect of The Open returning to the island of Ireland for the first time in almost 70 years,” said Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A.
“I would encourage fans to book their place at Royal Portrush for what is set to be a truly historic and memorable occasion in 2019.”
The 148th Open will be played at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July 2019 when golf’s original championship returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951. It will be only the second time that The Open has been held outside of England or Scotland.
Colloquially known as the British Open, the name of the tournament is formally The Open Championship, a distinction which the organisers strictly enforce.
Tickets for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush can be purchased at TheOpen.com/PortrushTickets. All new members of The One Club will receive immediate access to priority tickets.
Children under the age of 16 will be able to attend the Championship for free alongside an adult guardian under The Open’s “Kids Go Free” programme. Those aged under 25 can purchase tickets at reduced prices and benefit from free camping.