St Andrews have pulled out of the bid to stage the 2009 Ryder Cup.
The St Andrews Links Trust said they had withdrawn to boost chances of the biennial match returning to Scotland.
St Andrews were one of five courses involved in a concerted bid to ensure the event returned north.
But Alan McGregor, the Trust's general manager, said: "It has become clear that Scotland's bid would be strengthened by a more concentrated focus on fewer venues and consequently the St Andrews Links Management Committee took the decision not to pursue our bid.
"We remain totally committed to the Scottish bid and will do everything in our power to ensure that the 2009 Ryder Cup is played in the land where the game began."