HOYLAKE, England – It was announced last month that Royal Portrush has been invited to host the Open Championship, pending a vote by the Northern Ireland club’s members.
A tournament date has not been announced, but R&A chief executive Peter Dawson did make one thing clear Wednesday: The addition of Portrush doesn’t mean that one of the current Open courses is getting the boot.
“Well, mathematically, every other course will get the Open slightly less often,” he said Wednesday on the eve of the Open Championship. “But we’re not contemplating removing a golf course from the rota.”
The next four Open venues are St. Andrews (2015), Royal Troon (2016), Royal Birkdale (2017) and Carnoustie (2018). The earliest that the Open could be held at Portrush is 2019, with 2021 also a possibility. The year’s third major hasn’t been held outside of England or Scotland since 1951.