The Open Championship is coming to Ireland and tickets for next year’s event went on sale yesterday.
When the Irish Open was held at nearby Portstewart in 2017 it became the first European Tour outside of the Open itself to completely sell out in advance.
It is likely then that the same will happen for the return of one of Golf’s majors to the island of Ireland for the first time since 1951.
An estimated 190,000 fans are expected to attend the Championship during the event week.
Priority tickets are available now for a limited time exclusively to members of The One Club.
Registration to this online ‘club’ club is free and guarantees first access to tickets as well as a range of other benefits. It also serves as a great way to get people registered in the new era of GDPR.
Hospitality experiences have been on sale since May and are selling fast with one facility already sold out for the Final day.
Graeme McDowell, Major Champion and Mastercard Global Ambassador, returned to Royal Portrush, to mark the going on sale of the first tickets to The 148th Open.
Customers purchasing with a Mastercard will benefit from a saving of GB£5 per transaction. Children under 16 will be able to attend The 148th Open for free alongside an adult guardian under The Open’s “Kids Go Free” programme.
Those under 25 can purchase tickets at reduced prices and also benefit from free camping.
The 148th Open is only the second time that The Open will have been played outside England and Scotland, the first being when Englishman Max Faulkner won at Royal Portrush in 1951.
The return to one of Ireland’s most prestigious courses has been facilitated by the creation of two new holes freeing up space for The Open’s galleries and the Championship village which is now such an important part of the tournament ‘show’.
“I am so excited at the prospect of The Open being played at Royal Portrush,” said McDowell.
“The Open is a unique event in golf and one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.”
“Northern Ireland is such a special place to play golf. The passion, support and knowledge of the fans is incredible creating an unrivaled atmosphere to play in front of.”
“I believe that this coupled with the magic that is The Open is going to create a memorable occasion. I would encourage everyone to try to get to Portrush next July. It promises to be a magical experience for both the players and the spectators.”
“There is huge anticipation for the return of The Open to Royal Portrush for the first time in nearly 70 years and we are delighted to announce tickets going on sale to members of The One Club today,” added Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at the R&A.
“It will be a historic occasion for the island of Ireland and promises to be a true festival of golf with the world’s best players facing the magnificent challenge of the course. Tickets will be in great demand so this is a fantastic opportunity for fans to get in early and secure their places for next July’s Championship.”
Next year’s Irish OIpen will take place two weeks before Royal Portrush at Lahinch in County Clare.
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