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Portstewart ‘Open’ to new possibilities

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Portstewart ‘Open’ to new possibilities thumbnailThe first tee at Portstewart Golf Club, widely regarded as one of the finest opening holes in golf. See special feature next week.

THE newly appointed captain of Portstewart Golf Club believes a successful staging of the Irish Open by the club this summer could see it considered as a possible future host for The Open Championship. Paul Hewitt was speaking almost exactly six months ahead of the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open sponsored by the Rory Foundation which takes place at Portstewart Golf Club at the beginning of July. The former school headmaster admitted everyone at the club was looking forward to staging the tournament which is widely expected to feature the best field in the event's 90 year history. It has already been reported that former world number one and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods is considering entering while several other big-name Americans including Dustin Johnson are also expected to compete.
Major improvements have been carried out on the Strand Links over the past nine months, earning glowing praise from both European Tour officials and Sky TV bosses and paving the way for a memorable week.
“I'm looking forward to it immensely and everyone at the club is very excited," admitted the new captain.
“We will find it nearly overwhelming but we're determined to put so much into it that we won't find ourselves in the situation where something will take us aback.
“This is probably the biggest thing we've ever had and we want it to be the springboard for something else. We don't want it to be about just delivering in July.

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