The Open Championship inherently attracts fan interest, but the claret jug's long-anticipated return to Royal Portrush in 2019 has amplified this excitement. For those unacquainted, Portrush, which hosted the Open once before in 1951, is a revered convergence of land and sea, and boasts some of the best putting surfaces on the globe. It ranks as the seventh-best course in Golf Digest's World 100, and, if that wasn't enough, the R&A released this fantastic hype video for the Northern Ireland venue:
Unfortunately, we're here to douse those fires, ever so slightly. At least to those seeking to be on the Portrush property. For the first time in 148 years, the Open Championship has sold-out.
More than 190,000 tickets were made public, a fifth of which were gone within 48 hours of posting. It smashes this year's record at Carnoustie, which set the mark at 172,000. Portrush is not foreign to big crowds, breaking the Irish Open's attendance figure (112,000) at the 2012 event.
Luckily, there's still a chance to visit Portrush during the week, as practice round tickets will remain on sale. The 2019 Open Championship begins July 18.