The Open secret is out

Stupendously good news for Northern Ireland this morning when it was confirmed that Royal Portrush Golf Club will host the 2019 Open Championship.

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Last held there 64 years ago, it has long been rumoured that the greatest golf tournament of them all would one day return to what many experts regard as the world's premier links course.

And today the dream shared by so many in that corner of the Wee Country has come true.

It is estimated that the Northern Ireland economy will benefit to the tune of around £70 million from staging the four-day event, which will be watched by global television audience of half a billion people. 

But it's not all about the exposure or the cash.       

A few years ago, the reigning British touring car champion brought his four-wheeled demon to the Causeway Coast for a demonstration lap of the North West 200 road circuit.  And promptly drove it into a hedge near Coleraine.

Interviewed afterwards, the red-faced racer praised the local organisers for the way they went about things.

"I travel to all sorts of events around the world and am often told why I can't do something," he said.  "Since I arrived here in Northern Ireland, all I've heard are reasons why I can do something."

Expect players, officials and spectators at the 2019 Open Golf Championship to depart with similarly positive thoughts on their minds.

Bring it on.