Royal Portrush Golf Club has roots dating back to 1888 and staged national and international championships for more than 100 years. The club’s Dunluce Links, venue for the 148th edition of The Open, is renowned as one the most challenging courses in the world. It is also one of the most spectacular, located beside the Atlantic Ocean on Northern Ireland’s north coast, near the ruins of the 15th century castle from which it takes its name. It previously hosted The Open in 1951, the first club outside mainland Britain to do so.
Rolex Testimonee Francesco Molinari made history at The Open in 2018 by becoming the first Italian to win a Major. His triumph at Carnoustie capped a stellar 2018 when he also won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, had his first PGA TOUR success and became the first European to win all five games as he helped his team defeat the United States at the Ryder Cup.
He carried that form into 2019 by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and posting two other top-five finishes, including a tie for fifth at the Masters Tournament.