The sold-out Open Championship at Royal Portrush has released an additional 15,000 tickets after extending the capacity of each of the four days.

The Royal and Ancient (R&A) announced a further 3,750 passes for each of the championship days, bringing the total attendance for the week to 215,000 at the 148th Open in Northern Ireland.

The extra tickets for the July 18-21 golfing championship will go on sale on 15 April.

When the original sales period opened last year, tickets sold out in record time, prompting the R&A to reconsider its capacity.

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said: “From the moment tickets and hospitality packages went on sale last year it was clear that there was huge demand from fans to attend this historic occasion.

“We have been working closely with the government agencies, our advisers and contractors to assess whether we could accommodate some more fans on each day of the Championship and have decided that we can do so without impacting on the outstanding spectator experience we provide.

“We are delighted to be able to offer more fans the opportunity to book their place at Royal Portrush by releasing additional tickets and introducing two new hospitality experiences, which will enhance even further what will be a fantastic atmosphere in July.”

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