For the first time in 68 years golf’s oldest major tournament will be played in Northern Ireland.

It takes place in 2019 at Royal Portrush. The betting hasn’t opened yet, but our money is on Rory McIlroy, who’ll be 30 when the tournament takes place. As a cheeky side bet we reckon you should stick a few pounds on Jamie Dornan doing a stint as celebrity caddy and Kyle Lafferty building a sandcastle in one of the bunkers.

Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: The staging of golf’s oldest major tournament at Royal Portrush, one of the world’s top links courses, will present Tourism Ireland with an invaluable opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to golfers and prospective visitors around the world. We will be pulling out all the stops – in Great Britain, the US and in all our important golf markets – to capitalise on the potential of this prestigious sporting event.”

Tourism Ireland undertakes an extensive programme of promotions each year, to boost the number of golf holidaymakers to Northern Ireland. Key international golf journalists are regularly invited to visit, to experience our fantastic golf for themselves.

Tourism Ireland also has a presence at various high profile golf events and tournaments across the world, most recently at the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston golf club in the US, profiling our world-class golf and encouraging people everywhere to consider a golf break or holiday in Northern Ireland.

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