Liverpool to host 2006 Open
The Royal Liverpool Golf Club at
Hoylake in England will stage the 2006 British Open, the Royal and Ancient Golf
Club (R&A) have announced.
It will be the 11th time that Royal Liverpool
has staged the world's oldest major but the first time since 1967.
Roberto de Vicenzo won the title the last time it was played over the Royal Liverpool
links before infrastructure and transport problems meant the club was withdrawn
from the list of Open venues.
However, an agreement was reached with the
R&A two years ago which led to the club making the necessary changes to meet
the standards required of Open venues, including the purchase of an extra 10 acres
of land for a new practice ground.
"Royal Liverpool is a club with
a long and distinguished history and we are delighted that we are now able to
bring the Open back to this wonderful course," R&A secretary Peter Dawson
said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Many people have contributed to the
agreements that underpin today's announcement and it is right that Royal Liverpool,
which is justly regarded as one of Britain's outstanding links, will again be
put to the test by the world's top golfers."
Royal Liverpool, which
was founded in 1869, will host the 2006 British Open from July 20 to 23 2006.
Bobby Jones won the Open when it was staged at Royal Liverpool in 1930 on his
way to a unique grand slam.
South Africa's Ernie Els will defend his British
Open title at Royal St George's next year, before the championship moves to Royal
Troon in 2004 and St Andrews in 2005.
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