Royal Liverpool to stage The Open

The R&A has announced that Royal Liverpool Golf Club will host The Open Championship in 2014.

It will be the 12th time the Hoylake links has hosted golf’s oldest major.

Tiger Woods won the last Open to be staged at Royal Liverpool in 2006, becoming the first back-to-back champion since Tom Watson in 1983 as the Open returned to the course after a 39-year absence.

The venue has also witnessed a string of unique Open champions. In 1907 Arnaud Massy became the only Frenchman to have won the title and Fred Daly became the first Irishman to do so in 1947.

Argentina’s Roberto De Vicenzo became the first South American to win a major when he lifted the Claret Jug in 1967.

“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.”

Paul Cassidy, captain of Royal Liverpool Golf Club added: “We are very proud of our club’s rich heritage and the many memorable golfing moments staged at Hoylake since our founding in 1869, and are extremely thrilled to be invited to host The Open Championship in 2014.”

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