There are no concerns about Royal Portrush links golf club ahead of next week's Open Championship after heavy rainfall on Wednesday.

Footage emerged on social media of torrential rain and several puddles at the venue in Antrim. Retired Ulster rugby player Darren Cave posted the video on his official Instagram account today, but tournament organisers Royal and Ancient (R&A) have no worries about the condition of Portrush.

"We had a lot of rain yesterday but the course coped well and we are happy with how it is looking," an R&A spokesman told RTÉ Sport.

The Open, which is golf's oldest championship, is returning to Portrush for the first time since 1951.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are among the big golf stars who will be participating at the tournament, which is considered to be the biggest sporting event to ever be held in Northern Ireland. The Irish Open was also held there in 2012.

McIlroy said this week that he feels comfortable at Portrush after setting the course record with a 61 in the North of Ireland Championship when he was 16, although the layout has since changed.

"I expected it to feel different than it did. It still just feels like Portrush to me," he said of his practice round on Saturday. "Yes, the stands are up and it looks fantastic, but it's still the same golf course."

Tickets for the event sold out in record time as some 215,000 spectators are expected to descend on Portrush for the 148th edition of the tournament.

The Open will officially begin on Sunday 14 July while the opening round gets underway next Thursday.