Rory McIlroy: "I think everyone is excited"
The Open is always the jewel in golf’s crown but there is no doubt that next season’s trip across the Irish Sea to Royal Portrush will be doubly special.
The famous course will host The Open for just the second time but, significantly, the first time since 1951 when Max Faulkner lifted the Claret Jug.
For many from Northern Ireland, this was just a pipedream but now Champion Golfers Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy can play a major in front of a home crowd.
And for them, the countdown is already on.
“The Open Championship will be going back to Northern Ireland for the first time in over half a century,” McIlroy said.
“For the Championship to return to Portrush is massive for the country. I think everyone is so excited for it to be there.
“Golf has come a long way in that 50 years. Everyone is going to get behind it and I am expecting massive crowds.
“I think everyone is excited. I am certainly excited to return to Portrush and play in a Major Championship. I never thought I would get to do that at home.”
Practice Day tickets are still available for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush in 2019 and remember, when you buy your tickets for The Open with Mastercard, you will receive a £5 discount per transaction.