R&A to visit Royal Porthcawl next month

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The R&A will visit Royal Porthcawl next month in what could be the final hurdle in bringing the Open Championship to Wales for the first time.

Logistical concerns seemed to be the main holdup for Royal Porthcawl, but the club now believes it could make the necessary changes to its infrastructure to host the year’s third major, according to a report Tuesday in The Telegraph.

The earliest the Open could be held there is 2018. Royal Porthcawl, which has hosted the 1995 Walker Cup and six British Amateurs, is the host site for next year’s Senior British Open.

Only once in the Open’s history has the event been held outside of Scotland or England. That came in 1951, when the tournament was played at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Wales is the only country never to have hosted an Open, though it did stage the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in 2010.