St. Andrews to host 150th Open Championship

The Old Course at St. Andrews will be the site of the 150th Open Championship to be played in 2021, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club announced Monday.

The Open is the world’s oldest major golf tournament.

“The Open holds a very special place in the hearts of golf and sports fans around the world,” said R&A head 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.”

It will also mark the 30th time that the tournament has been held on the Old Course, and the first since Zach Johnson won the Claret Jug after a three-way playoff in 2015 over Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen. It was Johnson’s second career major title.

St. Andrews, nicknamed “The Home of Golf,” first played host to the Open in 1873, which was won by Tom Kidd. The course has staged The Open every five years since 1990, a cycle that will be broken with six years between Johnson’s victory and the ’21 event scheduled for July 15-18.

Players who have become the “Champion Golfer of the Year” by winning The Open at St. Andrews include JH Taylor, James Braid, Bobby Jones, Peter Thomson, Bobby Locke, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.

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

“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 will be held at Carnoustie in Scotland, followed by Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and Royal St. George’s in England in 2020.

“As the world’s oldest and most prestigious professional golf championship, The Open is synonymous with both St Andrews and Scotland and I’m delighted St Andrews will welcome its 150th staging in 2021,” said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, per Sky Sports.

“The Open is without doubt one of the biggest events held in Scotland on a regular basis, drawing huge spectator attendance from outwith the country and providing a global media and broadcast platform to promote our outstanding golfing assets to future visitors.

“Through VisitScotland, we continue to support The Open and we will work with The R&A to deliver a Championship in 2021 befitting of its historical significance.”

–Field Level Media

Leave a Reply