Open goal as course in the running to host golf major

THE POSSIBILITY of South Wales hosting the world’s most famous golf tournament has been welcomed.

Officials from the sport’s governing body the Royal and Ancient (RA) have confirmed they will inspect Royal Porthcawl to see if it would be suitable to hold such a prestigious event in the future.

  1. claret jug  Open champion Phil Mickelson.

    claret jug Open champion Phil Mickelson.

  2. stunning Royal Porthcawl with Swansea Bay in the background.

The links course is set to host the Senior Open — which will see veterans such as Nick Faldo, Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam compete — in July next year.

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A spokesman for the RA said: “As part of the discussions around bringing the Senior Open to Royal Porthcawl next year, the club stated its interest in being considered to stage The Open Championship.

“The RA has agreed to visit the club.

“The RA is very happy with the nine existing Open venues and there is no plan to add to the rota at this time.”

Richard Bennett, Professional at Neath Golf Club, said: “It would be so good for the area and for the game in Wales.

“The infrastructure would be the difficulty, with the roads and things. They would have to do something with that but if they did it would be brilliant.

“The course at Porthcawl is great, it is lovely. It would give such a boost to everyone, particularly the youngsters taking up the game.”

A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: “We are always open to discussion with partners and stakeholders about the possibility of attracting more high profile golf tournaments to Wales in the future.

“As a result of work to bring the Seniors to Wales, the appropriate strategic partnership with which to pursue other majors has been set up.

“The Welsh Government will continue to participate in discussions with these partners as the situation at the club develops.”

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