British Open to return to Northern Ireland's Portrush

The par 4, 5th hole (left) and the par 3, 6th hole on the Valley Course at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 25, 2009
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One of golf's four Majors, the British Open, will return to Northern Ireland after more than 60 years away.

One of golf's four Majors, the British Open, will return to Northern Ireland after more than 60 years away.

The only Major not to be held in America will take place at Royal Portrush for the first time since Max Faulkner won in 1951.

"We have every confidence Royal Portrush will prove to be an excellent venue in every way," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said. "There is passionate support in Northern Ireland and we expect there will be huge interest."

The actual year is yet to be decided, but 2019 looks the most likely as it is the first available date.

Faulkner's 1951 victory was the only time that the tournament was held outside of Scotland or England since it began in 1860.

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