Sandwich, Royal Lytham to host future British Opens

Updated: September 25, 2007, 9:52 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- The British Open will return to Sandwich in 2011 and Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club announced the venues Tuesday. Royal St. George's, which is based at Sandwich in southern England, last hosted the British Open in 2003, when Ben Curtis won his first major.

It will be the 14th time the British Open will be staged there since 1894. Other former winners include Bobby Locke, Bill Rogers, Sandy Lyle and Greg Norman.

Royal Lytham and St. Annes last hosted the British Open in 2001, which was won by David Duval of the United States. The 2012 edition will be the 10th time the British Open has been played on the northern England course since 1926, when it was won by amateur Bobby Jones.

Other previous winners include Bob Charles, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros and Tom Lehman.

This year's British Open, won by Padraig Harrington, was at Carnoustie in Scotland.

"The Open is a huge undertaking for any club and the R&A would therefore like to thank both clubs for their cooperation, which has enabled the championship to return to these two fine venues," said David Hill, R&A director of championships.

Next year's event will be at Royal Birkdale in northern England, followed by two Scottish golf clubs, Turnberry in 2009 and the Old Course at St. Andrews in 2010.

The R&A is the governing body for golf outside the United States and Mexico.


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