Brexit chaos has turned Portrush into a nightmare as R&A admit The Open would not be going back to Northern Ireland without forward planning
- 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.
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