The 148th Open Championship was a roaring success as Royal Portrush proved itself a superb host, having waited almost seven decades for the honor.For the first time since 1951 the Open returned to Northern Ireland and the Dunluce Links emphatically rose to the occasion. The addition of two new holes bolstered the challenge of an already demanding course, while the arrival of high winds and heavy rain on Sunday ensured it was a true test of links golf.After welcoming sell-out crowds and crowning a hugely popular winner in the shape of Shane Lowry, one thing is clear — it should not be another 68 years until Royal Portrush stages another Open Championship. Related News British Open 2019: Outstanding Shane Lowry storms to emotional triumph at Portrush British Open 2019: Brooks Koepka’s hopes shot after dreadful start to round four But what really needs to happen now is for all the hard work to be cemented by the prompt arrival of another Open Championship. This should not stand as a one-off, but the start of an era when the Claret Jug makes regular appearances in Northern Ireland.This is what a sell out crowd looks like #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/21IRNJqfIl— The Open (@TheOpen) 18 July 2019McIlroy wasn’t ready…Rory McIlroy winning The Open was the great story everybody was waiting to see unfold.Alas, it never happened, nor ever looked likely to from the moment his opening tee shot went out of bounds. He needs another chance to do himself justice at an Open on home soil. Here are five reasons why the world’s oldest major should be back here as soon as possible.Huge crowds (and noisy, too!)The Open draws huge numbers wherever it is held, but this year’s tournament was the second best attended in history.Almost 240,000 fans poured in to watch the action over four days, with only St Andrews having seen more for an Open. Add in the fact noise levels were off the charts and you have a compelling case already.The Royal Portrush crowd delivered for @ShaneLowryGolf yesterday and he returned the favour. Will he go low again? #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/MMCHNlk9Uk— The Open (@TheOpen) 19 July 2019The players loved itOne after another the players showered this venue with praise.Tiger Woods called it an “unbelievable golf course”, while Darren Clarke was one of many to point out how “fair” the track was, rewarding good shots and punishing bad ones.It is quite apparent that if players had their way, The Open would be back here sooner rather than later.”I’m proud of Portrush” @Graeme_McDowell #TheOpen pic.twitter.com/7jWlf4yXIL— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) July 21, 2019It’s “the British Open”Americans call this competition “The British Open” and the courses on its rotation should truly reflect that fact.England and Scotland have been hogging the tournament for too long and, with one edition every year, there is plenty of scope to make a trip to Northern Ireland a more regular occurrence.It could even open up new avenues, with one reporter having asked R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers when the championship was heading to Wales…To build a legacyThis year’s tournament has provided a huge boost to the local economy and put Portrush firmly on the map.
SIMI VALLEY – The California Department of Motor Vehicles office at the Simi Valley Civic Center will close for about 45 days this summer for upgrades to the building that has been providing local service for 18 years. While they welcome improvements, Simi Valley and Moorpark residents said the local office is already one of the best in the region and they don’t like the idea of going elsewhere for their DMV services, even if it’s just temporary. “It’s not as crowded here and it’s easy to get to,” said Sheryll Kidder of Moorpark. “It will be an inconvenience. I’ve been to the Thousand Oaks office several times, and this one is much better.” The work will include painting, new flooring, roof repairs and improving access for the disabled. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Simi Valley office, at 3855-D Alamo St., has 15 full-time employees and 10 part-timers and processes some 137,000 driver’s license, vehicle registration and drive-test transactions each year, DMV spokesman Steve Haskins said. There is no firm date to start the work, which should cost about $334,000, but it could begin in June or July, Haskins said. Former Simi Valley Mayor Greg Stratton, who was instrumental in the city’s effort to build the office and lease it to the DMV, said residents have grown to depend on it. “It’s been wonderful,” he said. “The lines are relatively short. If you have a reservation, you can walk right in.” During the closure, customers will be directed to other DMV offices in the area, and employees will be moved to those offices to help serve the extra customers, Haskins said.