Shane Lowry, winner of the 2019 Open at Royal Portrush, has expressed his delight that the event will be returning to the course in 2025.

As well as having a popular winner in Offaly man Lowry, the tournament two years ago attracted a crowd of 237,750 throughout the week – a record for an Open outside of St Andrews.

Lowry, who is playing in the BMW PGA Championships at Wentworth this week, was among players welcoming the Open's return to the scene of his famous victory.

"It’s great it’s going back quickly," he said. "Obviously in my very biased opinion, it’s one of the best Opens I’ve ever played in.

"But no, taking the win out of it and all that, I think anybody you talked to, the American players and the other players that played, they really enjoyed the venue and thought it was one of the great Opens that they played.

"It’s great to be going back there in 2025. Look forward to it. Don’t have to worry about being in it or not. I’ll be there. It’s great it’s coming back quickly, and exciting for the people in Portrush and Ireland that we are going back there."

St Andrews will stage the 150th Open in 2022, with Royal Liverpool hosting in 2023 and Royal Troon in 2024.

Graeme McDowell, who grew up in Portrush, welcomed the announcement, saying: "Everything that happened in '19, with Shane Lowry winning and the response it got with the best players in the world saying it was the greatest links course they had every seen.

"It was one of the proudest weeks for me growing up in this town. If we can get it back again I'll be very excited. Hopefully I will be there in a playing capacity and, like I said, I'm very proud for the town, for Northern Ireland and the whole island of Ireland.

"It's about the island and everything golf is in Ireland. People are so proud of what the players have achieved and we are proud of what Irish golf is all about, so it is special to get another Open."

Speaking after the announcement, Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly added: "Today's news is a great boost for Irish Golf. The fact the R&A have committed to bringing the Open back to Royal Portrush so quickly, shows what a great success the 2019 Open was.

"With Ireland also to host the 2027 Ryder Cup at Adare Manor, Irish golf is entering an very exciting era with these truly global golf events on the horizon. The selection of Irish venues is a testament to the esteem in which Irish golf and Irish courses are held

"It has been an wonderful week for Irish golf, with this very welcome announcement coming just days after Leona Maguire's terrific performance at the Solheim Cup."