Royal Portrush in contention to host 2025 Open Championship

Royal Portrush is said to be leading the race to stage the Open Championship in 2025.

By Sports Desk
Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 6:00 am

The links course hosted a successful tournament two years ago when Shane Lowry claimed the Claret Jug.

It was the first time the competition was held in Northern Ireland since 1951 and it is understood the R&A are keen to build on that success of 2019.

While both the R&A and Royal Portrush insist no formal agreement is in place yet, the north coast venue is believed to be at the front of the queue with talks ongoing in the background.

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Shane Lowry was victorious at Royal Portrush in 2019

The schedule for the next four years is already agreed. Royal St George’s will host this year’s event, 12 months after it was originally planned due to the pandemic.

The 150th Open will take place at St Andrews in 2022 with Royal Liverpool and Royal Troon to host in 2023 and 2024 respectively.

All focus is currently on the event at St George’s, but the R&A could be in a position to name the 2025 host in the summer.

“We would not comment on speculation regarding future venues for the Open,” an R&A spokesman told the Guardian.

“We are in regular contact with the venues that host the championship and those discussions are between us and the venues.”

A spokesman for Royal Portrush added: “As one of the clubs which hosts the Open, we are in regular contact with the R&A to keep officials updated in regard to the Dunluce Links and activities undertaken by the club.”

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