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Open helped boost Scottish economy

23rd December 2018, 19:51 by Aidan Perkins

The Open Championship at Carnoustie in July provided the Scottish economy with a £69million boost - a new independent study says.

The 147th Open attracted a record 172,000 fans in the summer, flocking to watch the major, which was won by Italian Francesco Molinari.

In the study, which was carried out by Sheffield Hallam University and commissioned by golf's governing body, the R&A in conjunction with VisitScotland and Angus Council, found almost half of the spectators (49.8%) travelled from outside Scotland and the fans from Scotland in attendance (84.4%) came from outside Angus.

The visitors helped plough the huge £69million estimated figure into the local economy, with £21million directly benefiting the Angus area, while the study found the global TV marketing value to Scotland was £51million.

Next year's Open is being staged at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, the first time the venue has hosted the prestigious tournament since 1951.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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