The British Open is heading back to Royal Portrush.

The R&A announced on Wednesday that the world's oldest major championship will return to the Northern Irish venue in 2025, after a successful staging of the British Open there in 2019 when Irish player Shane Lowry won by six shots.

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That marked the first time Royal Portrush had hosted the event since 1951.

Some 237,750 spectators attended the four days of the 2019 Open, a record attendance in the championship's 161-year history. A record 61,000 spectators attended practice days, too.

Before 2025, the Open will be held at St. Andrews next year, Hoylake in 2023, and Royal Troon in 2024.