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

Champion: Zach Johnson with the Claret Jug
Champion: Zach Johnson with the Claret Jug

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.

It will be the 30th time the historic course has hosted the tournament.

The 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. 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.”

St Andrew's first hosted the competition in 1873, the first time it had been played over an 18-hole course. The Open last visited St Andrew's in 2015, when Zach Johnson beat Louis Oosthuizen and March Leishman in a play-off.

The Chief Executive of St Andrews Links Trust, Euan Loudon, said “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.”

Royal Portrush, of course, will host the 2019 Open Championship as the competition comes to Northern Ireland for only the second time. Royal Portrush held the 1951 Open, which Max Faulkner won by two strokes.

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