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Thursday 14 December 2017

Royal Portrush’s hopes of hosting British Open back in the rough

THE chances of Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke or Graeme McDowell adding to their major collections on home soil suffered a heavy blow today, with Royal Portrush warned not to "expect anything imminent" on their hopes of staging the Open Championship.

A successful staging of this year's Irish Open at Portrush was expected to boost hopes of the Open returning to the venue for the first time since 1951.

But R&A chief executive Peter Dawson put a dampener on those expectations ahead of tomorrow's first round of the 141st Open at Royal Lytham, revealing a lot of hard work and "a huge amount" of money still needs to be spent.

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