R&A awards British Opens to Birkdale ('17), Carnoustie ('18)

R&A awards British Opens to Birkdale ('17), Carnoustie ('18)

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R&A awards British Opens to Birkdale ('17), Carnoustie ('18)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The R&A set its Open Championship sites through 2018.

Royal Birkdale will play host to the oldest major championship in golf in 2017, and Carnoustie will be the site of the 2018 event.

American Tom Watson, a five-time Open Championship winner, joined the R&A on Tuesday at the site of this week’s Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour in making the announcement.

“I am delighted to see the Open returning to two great venues in Royal Birkdale and Carnoustie,” said Watson, who won the 1983 edition at Birkdale, on the coast of western England, and the 1975 event at Carnoustie, on Scotland’s east coast. “I know both courses are held in high regard by the players, and I certainly consider them to be wonderful tests of golf.”

Birkdale, the site of this month’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, will be playing host to its 10th Open Championship. The last time the Open visited Birkdale, in Southport, Padraig Harrington won.

Carnoustie will be playing host to its eighth Open Championship. Harrington raised the Claret Jug in 2007, the last time the Open visited the Scottish links.

Other future sites: St. Andrews’ Old Course (2015) and Royal Troon (2016).

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