2016 British Open in Northern Ireland?
By mustang6560 on 6/23/11
Now that Northern Ireland has two major champions in Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, it may finally have the pull needed to lure the British Open away from Scotland and England for the second time in history.

Since 1860, the British Open has only been played outside of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) once, and it was played at Royal Portrush Golf Club in 1951 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

During his U.S. Open celebration yesterday back home at Holywood Golf Club, Rory said he'd like to see the British Open come back to his native Northern Ireland.
“Everyone in the country would love it and I think it is feasible,” said McIlroy. “We’ve got the golf courses which are good enough, it’s just having the infrastructure to pull it off.

“If enough people get behind it, it would be a definite possibility.”
The site of the British Open rotates between nine golf courses, so it would definitely take some lobbying to get the R&A to agree to add a 10th. But, I think Rory and Graeme, plus a few other rich benefactors, could persuade the British Open to return to the fourth country of the United Kingdom.

The future sites of the British Open have been set through 2015, but there's an opening starting in 2016.

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[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
I WISH THEY would call it the British Open and not just The Open or Open Championship. I dont get it. do they think they are the original open or what? Dont they want everyone to know it is the British Open. That annoys me.
Backquak says:
UMMM... I think they DO think they are the original open
mustang6560 says:
"do they think they are the original open or what?"

I agree with you to a certain extent but the (British) Open is the oldest of the four majors, therefore I think you could say they are the "original".

mmontisano says:
um...Northern Ireland IS a part of Great Britain. Ireland is not.
mmontisano says:
or are you referring to Great Britain as just the island itself?
Dazinkster says:
Sorry Banker, but The "British" Open has always been called "The Open". Really don't see why it needs changing now. Kinda like saying why isn't The Masters called The "US" Masters? Everyone knows what it is, no need to specify the country it's played in.
blundermuz says:
Absolute spot on Daz, it's called 'The Open'........... because it is 'The Open'.
mustang6560 says:
@badcaddy- GB refers to the island which includes England, Scotland and Wales ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Britain).
mmontisano says:
okay. some people use Great Britain, when they actually mean the UK. so yes, you're right. sorry!
mustang6560 says:
No worries.
Paolo says:
Banker. It's the original, so it is The Open Championship. Just like Wimbledon isn't the British Open it is The Championships. We don't think we're the best it is all historical. Admittedly probably going back to the times when we did think we were the best. Enter the MLB World Series...! Pretty small world who plays rounders... err I mean baseball.

Badcaddy...we don't have a clue where we live most of the time. I often wonder if it confuses the rest of the world. 3 countries plus Wales and all if the other islands whether it GB or UK... look up the official name of our Olympic Team....United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and other outlying protectorates... or something like that!
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