British Amateur for The Island and Portmarnock in 2019?

The Open Championship isn't the only big name event the R&A is bringing to Irish shores in 2019. According to our sources The Island and Portmarnock golf clubs will host the Amateur Championship in four years' time.

British Amateur for The Island and Portmarnock in 2019?

Royal Portrush flattered and flabbergasted by US PGA talk

Rory McIlroy during the first round of the 2012 Irish Open at Royal Portrush. Picture Fran Caffrey www.golffile.ieGiven their interest in hosting The Open again and the suggestion by PGA of America President Ted Bishop that it might be a great place to start hosting the PGA Championship on foreign soil, Royal Portrush might be forgiven for getting head start on the azaleas, magnolias and white dogwoods. 

Anchoring ban approved by R&A and USGA

Padraig Harrington anchors his belly putter at Quail Hollow. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieThe R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), golf’s governing bodies, today announced the adoption of Rule 14-1b of the Rules of Golf that prohibits anchoring the club in making a stroke. The new Rule will take effect on 1 January 2016 in accordance with the regular four-year cycle for changes to the Rules of Golf.

Harrington fears pro-anchoring lobby could stymie ball roll-back

Padraig Harrington: “I used the grooves for longer than anybody has used the long putter. t’s cost me a shot a day.” Picture: Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.iePadraig Harrington - man who has never walked off a golf course illness or injury in close to 500 professional appearances - is too diplomatic to comment on Rory McIlroy’s Honda Classic walk-out.

Augusta decision spotlights men only clubs

Augusta National Golf ClubAugusta National’s descision to accept women as members for the first time will put the leading ‘men only’ clubs on this side of the pond back in the uncomfortable glare of the pubic spotlight.

Open and shut for Royal Portrush

Darren Clarke hands back the Claret Jug to Peter Dawson. Getting his hands on it at Royal Portrush look highly unlikely. R&A chief Peter Dawson yesterday slammed the brakes on a return to The Open rota for Royal Portrush with a blunt: I think the answer is NO.

Portrush may yet get its Open

The Open could still return to Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951.

But there is a massive obstacle in the way - the R&A does not want to make the Open an all-ticket affair like the 2007 Walker Cup at Royal County Down.

Royal PortrushBack on the rota after a 15-year absence, Turnberry passed its Open examination with flying colours after improvements to road access and other infrastructure.

Just 123,000 fans turned up during the week to watch the race for the Claret Jug compared to more than 200,000 at Royal Birkdale last year, costing the R&A over €3.5 million in lost gate receipts.