The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) has confirmed that St Andrews will host The Open in 2021.
The Scottish course has traditionally staged the major golf tournament every five years, but an exception will be made in 2021 so that the home of golf can host the 150th edition of the championship, which will take place between 11th and 18th July on the world-renowned Old Course.
St Andrews last staged the event in 2015, when Zach Johnson of the USA won his second major title following a play-off against South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman of Australia.
The Fife-based venue was expected to next host The Open in 2020, but the R&A announced in February last year that Royal St George’s in the English county of Kent would stage that edition, paving the way for the tournament to return to St Andrews for the 30th time in 2021.
“The Open holds a very special place in the hearts of golf and sports fans around the world,” said R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers. “The championship enjoys a historic and celebrated relationship with the Old Course in St Andrews and we are excited to be marking the occasion of the 150th championship at the home of golf in 2021.”
Euan Loudon, chief executive of St Andrews Links Trust, added: “It is always special when The Open returns to the Old Course and I am sure that excitement, both here in St Andrews and around the world, will build in anticipation of this special occasion.
“Almost every great champion in the game has played on our famous Links and we look forward to welcoming the next generation of golfing greats for the 150th Open.”
This year’s Open takes place at Carnoustie in Scotland. The championship will then return to Northern Ireland for the first time in nearly 70 years when Royal Portrush hosts the tournament in 2019.