The 147th Open at Carnoustie begins in 10 days. Final Qualifying was held last week at Notts (Hollinwell), Princes, St. Anne’s Old Links and Renaissance in the U.K., and continued last weekend on the PGA Tour where the top four finishers inside the top 12 at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier who were not already exempt punched their ticket to Scotland. Kelly Kraft, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Kokrak and Austin Cook earned their way into the field.
th Open at Royal Portrush in 2019 shall see a significant change in the distribution of tickets to the Championship when sold as part of a travel package. Whereas previously, an untold number of companies could include daily or weekly tickets as part of their “travel package”, effective in 2019, only authorized companies can do so.
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Course rankings will forever be wonderful fodder for endless conversations about the relative merits of any given golf experience.
Royal Portrush, ranked No. 14 in the Golf.com World Top 100, welcomes the best golfers in the world for the 2019 Open Championship.
The Open Championship was last held in Northern Ireland in 1951 and the champion earned 300£ (or roughly $11,000 today). Max Faulkner surely cherished clutching the Claret Jug as he stood on the 18th green at Royal Portrush and the winner’s check was a welcome sight as well. However, when compared to the $1.8 million Jordan Spieth collected for winning last summer at Royal Birkdale, the paltry pay Faulkner received reflects the immense growth professional golf has enjoyed during the last 66 years.
The news today that the 2019 Open Championship is returning to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland after a nearly seven decade hiatus is terrific on a whole range of levels.