Two more Open golf venues confirmed as wait continues for Royal Lytham and St Annes
Royal Liverpool and Royal Troon have been confirmed as the venues for golf's Open Championship in 2023 and 2024 respectively, extending Royal Lytham and St Annes' wait to stage the showpiece event.
The Fylde coast links last hosted the Open in 2012 and remains hopeful of getting the nod for 2026, which would mark the centenary of its first Open Championship.
The cancellation of this year's championship due to coronavirus has seen the next three scheduled Open venues move back 12 months.
Royal St George's in Kent will now host The Open next July, with the 150th at St Andrews now taking place in 2022.
It was today confirmed that Royal Liverpool remains the venue for the 151st Open, now taking place in 2023.
Today also saw the announcement of Royal Troon as the venue for 2024. The Scottish west coast links last staged the event in 2016, when Henrik Stenson was crowned champion.
Royal Liverpool will stage the championship for the second time in nine years, whereas Royal Lytham and St Annes' wait between Opens is its longest since 1952.
Of the 10 courses currently considered to be on the Open 'circuit', only the Donald Trump-owned Turnberry has been waiting longer than RL&SA for this showpiece event to return.
Royal Lytham and St Annes, which has hosted The Open 11 times, did stage the British Senior Open last year and the Women's British Open in 2018.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said of today's announcments: “We have been working closely with Royal Liverpool and Royal Troon and the relevant local agencies to reschedule the Championships.
“We are grateful to everyone involved at the clubs and at our partner organisations for supporting our plans and showing flexibility to adapt their own schedules. We can now look forward to seeing the world’s best players competing at these outstanding links courses in 2023 and 2024.”
Royal Liverpool will be staging the Championship for the 13th time and Royal Troon for the 10th.
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