Royal Birkdale to Host The Open in 2017, Carnoustie Secures 2018 Event

By iSportconnect | July 4, 2014

The R&A has confirmed that Royal Birkdale will be the host for The Open Championship in 2017, allergist whilst Carnoustie will host the Championship in 2018.

Royal Birkdale will host The Open for the tenth time in 2017, prostate  whilst 2018 will be the eighth occasion on which Carnoustie has hosted The Championship.

Tom Watson, generic a five-time Open Champion, who won the tournament at both venues said: “I am delighted to see The Open returning to two great venues in Royal Birkdale and Carnoustie.

“I know both courses are held in high regard by the players and I certainly consider them to be wonderful tests of golf.

“When I first played in The Open at Carnoustie I still had a lot to learn about links golf but I quickly adapted to the challenge of playing in the wind and keeping the ball low. I played well that week and was thrilled to win the play-off.

“Royal Birkdale is also a fine links course and I have always thoroughly enjoyed playing there. I think the players and the fans will be excited to see the top players playing these courses once again.”

Proud history

Richard Hunt, the Captain of Royal Birkdale, added: “We will be delighted to welcome The Open Championship back to Royal Birkdale in 2017.?

“The club has a long and proud history of hosting The Open and some of the game’s greatest players have won here.

“We regard it as a privilege to host the Championship and look forward to seeing the world’s top players facing the challenges of Royal Birkdale once again.”

The 2018 event will be the first time Carnoustie has hosted the tournament since 2007, when Claret Jug lifted the trophy.

Local boost

Pat Sawers, Chairman Carnoustie Golf Links, commented: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming The Open Championship back for an eighth time to the historic links at Carnoustie in 2018 and feel sure the Championship will generate just as much interest and excitement as in previous years.

“We believe the fact The R&A has invited us to stage the 2018 Championship will provide a big boost to golf in the local area and will have a beneficial effect on our on-going efforts to attract more local youngsters into the game.”

The Open Championship will be played at Royal Birkdale from 20-23 July 2017 and at Carnoustie from 19-22 July 2018.

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