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Portrush event hopes boosted

Moves to play a European Tour event at Royal Portrush have been given a boost after the Stormont Executive said it would offer "substantial financial backing".

Calls to play an event at the course have grown louder in recent months following the unprecedented success of Northern Irish golfers.

Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy have both claimed major wins this year and have joined the calls for a major event to be played at Royal Portrush.

"The DETI (Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment) has now given a firm commitment in terms of providing the substantial financial backing that is required and the European Tour has also strongly endorsed the move," said Royal Portrush captain Philip Tweedie.

He added that the club is currently in talks with a number of possible sponsors for the event.

As well as hosting a European Tour event, officials at the club are hoping the Open will be played at the course in the near future.

Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A), recently told BBC Radio 5 live that the infrastructure, course and the commercial possibilities of Royal Portrush will be looked into in the near future.
 

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