The Open Golf Championship is set to make a triumphant return to Royal Portrush in 2025, six years on from welcoming a record attendance and providing one of the biggest sporting events ever to take place on the island of Ireland.
The decision has just been confirmed by tournament organisers the R&A and the First Minister for Northern Ireland Paul Givan MLA at the renowned links on the Antrim coast.
The tournament will take place from the 13th to the 20th July 2025.
The Open generated more than £100 million for the economy of Northern Ireland two years ago, attracting a record attendance for the Championship outside of St Andrews of 237,750 fans throughout the week.
More than 5,400 hours of television coverage were broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers globally as Shane Lowry performed superbly to become Champion Golfer of the Year and lift the famous Claret Jug.
The return of the Championship to Royal Portrush for only the third time in 74 years has been wholeheartedly supported by the Northern Ireland Executive and Tourism Northern Ireland as well as the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
“We could not be more thrilled to be bringing The Open back to Royal Portrush in 2025,” said Martin Slumbers, CEO of the R&A.
“There will be huge excitement among golf fans around the world to see the best men’s players facing the challenge of this magnificent links once again.”
“The Open in 2019 was a massive success and showed just how much collective enthusiasm, passion and commitment there is to make Royal Portrush one of the leading venues for the Championship and to build a distinctive golf tourism brand for Northern Ireland. We greatly appreciate the support we have received from the Northern Ireland Executive, our partner agencies and, of course, from the Club and its members. We look forward to working with them to deliver another fantastic celebration of golf in four years’ time.”
“It has been a key aim of the Executive to bring The Open back to Northern Ireland quickly and as we start our preparations to host the Championship again I am certain that it will provide a platform on which to build a global golfing destination brand for Portrush and Northern Ireland to complement that of St Andrews and Scotland, in partnership with The R&A, as well as an opportunity to stimulate additional private sector investment in the COVID-19 recovery era,” added First Minister Givan.
An independent report produced by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University found that The 148th Open delivered a direct economic impact of £45 million to the Northern Irish economy. An additional £37.3m of Advertising Equivalent Value (AEV) was generated by global television coverage and Tourism Northern Ireland assessed £23.7m AEV in other media coverage.
Royal Portrush joins a formidable line-up of venues for The Open in the coming years with The 150th Open being played at St Andrews in 2022 and then Royal Liverpool and Royal Troon hosting the Championship in 2023 and 2024 respectively.
Golf Ireland has warmly welcomed the news.
“Today’s news is a great boost for Irish Golf,” said CEO mark Kennelly.
“The fact the R&A have committed to bringing the Open back to Royal Portrush so quickly shows what a great success the 2019 Open was.”
“With Ireland also to host the 2027 Ryder Cup at Adare Manor, Irish golf is entering a very exciting era with these truly global golf events on the horizon. The selection of Irish venues is a testament to the esteem in which Irish golf and Irish courses are held.”
“It has been a wonderful week for Irish golf, with this very welcome announcement coming just days after Leona Maguire’s terrific performance at the Solheim Cup.”
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