Royal Portrush no nearer to hosting British Open

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 8:30 AM

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — The British Open is no nearer to being staged at Royal Portrush, despite the course's successful hosting of this year's Irish Open and recent major wins by Northern Ireland's leading golfers.

The highly acclaimed Antrim course hasn't held the British Open since 1951 but the Royal & Ancient has been under pressure to add the venue to the rotation after the major victories of Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke over the past two years.

However, Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, says Wednesday there remain infrastructure and commercial concerns that need to be addressed.

Dawson says "a huge amount of money would need to be spent, in my estimation, to make Royal Portrush a sensible choice" and not to "expect anything imminent."

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