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Hoylake is Open again

The Open Championship will return to Royal Liverpool in 2014, the Royal and Ancient has announced.

Hoylake was, of course, the scene of Fred Daly’s Championship victory in 1947 — and he remains the only Ulsterman ever to have lifted the Claret Jug.

Portrush’s Graeme McDowell had high hopes of emulating him when the Championship last visited Merseyside in 2006 when he led after the first day’s play.

But in the end Tiger Woods eased to victory on the Sunday afternoon, to complete back-to-back Open Championships and his third in total.

“We are delighted that The Open is returning to Royal Liverpool after a relatively short period of time,” said David Hill, the R&A’s Director of Championships.

“In 2006, Hoylake showcased links golf at its best and players, spectators and officials were united in their praise for the course, and for the venue as a whole.

“We would like to thank the Club’s officials for their unfailing co-operation, which has enabled the Championship to come back to Royal Liverpool a club whose history is interwoven with both The Open and The R&A.”

Belfast Telegraph