Dale Douglass

Northern Ireland now a hot spot

The biggest winner in Northern Ireland's parade of major champions might turn out to be Royal Portrush.

The scenic club overlooking the country's northern coast is getting a renewed look to bring back the British Open for the first time in more than 50 years. Meanwhile, there's new discussion about taking the Irish Open north as soon as 2013.

Club officials said last week that Northern Ireland finance ministers have pledged the necessary financial support to lure the Irish Open, which has had eight host venues in the last 13 years.

"That will showcase Royal Portrush in a way that will make it easier for us to get the British Open here," tourism official...