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Open to return to Carnoustie in 2007

Carnoustie, toughest of all the British Open courses, will stage the championship for the seventh time in 2007.

The Open returned to the Scottish links course in 1999 after a break of 24 years.

"Carnoustie has always been acknowledged as an outstanding test of links golf with one of the most exacting finishes of any championship course," Royal and Ancient Golf Club secretary Peter Dawson said on Thursday.

"We are therefore delighted to be returning only eight years after the previous Open when Carnoustie was rightly reinstated to the rota of Open venues."

The 7,361-yard links course has a reputation as the most difficult of all the Open courses, a fact underlined when Scotsman Paul Lawrie won in 1999 with a six-over-par total of 290.

Carnoustie winners: 1931 - Tommy Armour (U.S.) 296 1937 - Henry Cotton (Britain) 290 1953 - Ben Hogan (U.S.) 282 1968 - Gary Player (South Africa) 289 1975 - Tom Watson (U.S.) 279 1999 - Paul Lawrie (Britain) 290

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