Bushmills is four miles from Royal Portrush Golf Course

Bushmills is four miles from Royal Portrush Golf Course

Diageo will sponsor this year's Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club through its Bushmills Irish Whiskey brand.

The drink, which shares a base with Royal Portrush, in Antrim, will have exclusive whiskey pouring rights at the tournament, taking place between 28 June and 1 July. The tournament winner will get the 'Freedom of the Old Bushmills Distillery’, which will see them granted the keys to its private reserve, the distillery said.

“This will be an event that will attract hundreds of thousands of people to the region,” said Bushmills' master distiller Colum Egan.

“Everyone who is coming to the North Coast to watch world class golf has just four miles to travel to also experience award-winning Irish whiskey at the Old Bushmills Distillery."

The distillery will also host a whiskey and music festival on 20 and 21 June.