Portrush was selected to host The Open long before the EU referendum in the summer of 2016

  • The Open, the year’s third major, will be held at Royal Portrush in July
  • The R&A say the tournament has been a logistical nightmare due to Brexit
  • Thankfully, because of forward planning, the tournament will go as planned

The Open would not be making its much-anticipated return to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland this July if the R&A had been able to foresee the logistical chaos caused by the uncertainty over Brexit.

That was the startling admission made by chief executive Martin Slumbers on Tuesday, as he outlined the nightmare caused by the political impasse in tones that laid bare the scale of his exasperation.

Portrush was selected for its first Open since 1951 long before the referendum in 2016, let alone all the shenanigans that have followed.

Portrush was selected to host The Open long before the EU referendum in the summer of 2016
Portrush was selected to host The Open long before the EU referendum in the summer of 2016

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