Open Championship to celebrate 150th anniversary at 'home of golf'

Open Championship to celebrate 150th anniversary at 'home of golf'

It's the natural location to celebrate the Open Championship's 150th anniversary and now it has been confirmed that St Andrew's will host the 2021 competition.

In addition to Johnson, previous winners of The Open at St. Andrews include Oosthuizen (2010), Tiger Woods (2000, 2005), John Daly (1995), Nick Faldo (1990), Seve Ballesteros (1984) and Jack Nicklaus (1970, 1978).

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said: "The Open holds a very special place in the hearts of golf and sports fans around the world".

Turnberry would have been in poll position to host it next year, but the R&A instead awarded it to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland which last hosted the tournament in 1951.


"There can be no more fitting celebration of the rich heritage of the home of golf and its relationship with the world's oldest major championship than as host of the 150th Open", said Euan London, chief executive of the St Andrews Links Trust.

The 2021 edition of the British Open - the only major championship played outside the United States - will be the 30th staged at St Andrews and take place from July 15-18.

That probably points to Muirfield being in line for the 2023 tournament, with Slumbers insisting that Turnberry is still in the R&A's "pool of course" for the event despite it last being the host venue in 2009. Clearly part of that macroeconomics is about politics. But it seems unlikely that it will stage the Open Championship until after Trump's term as US President. "It's a course where you've got the ownership issue of the course and the staging there, and we want to make sure we stay true to the golf, the playing of the golf".

"Turnberry remains one of the 10 courses and will be under consideration every time we come back to Scotland".

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