Feb 25th, 2020
R&A announce venue for 152nd Open
Royal Troon to host for the tenth time
Words: GolfPunk Photography: R&A
Royal Troon first hosted The Open in 1923, and the great event will return to the famed links course in South Ayrshire a century on from that first staging. In 2023, Royal Troon will be staging the event for the tenth time, the last time being 2016 when Henrik Stenson prevailed in a mighty battle with Phil Mickelson.
In the first Open at Royal Troon, Arthur Havers defeated the legend Walter Hagen by a single stroke.
"We are very much looking forward to celebrating another milestone in the cherished history of The Open when we mark the 100th anniversary of the Championship first being played at Royal Troon." said Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A.
Stenson joined Arthur Havers, Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, Tom Watson, Mark Calcavecchia, Justin Leonard and Todd Hamilton as Open champions on the classic course.
The worlds best will be battling for the Claret Jug and the title Champion Golfer of the Year.
"We are delighted to welcome the return of the world's oldest major championship to Royal Troon and regard this as confirmation of the wonderful condition to which our historic links are maintained. The 152nd Open will also provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the Championship's history at Royal Troon which commenced with Arthur Havers' victory in 1923." - Captain of Royal Troon, Des Bancewicz
The Open is an important event bringing economic benefits to both the game of golf worldwide as well as the local community. The last Open at Royal Troon was worth an estimated £110 million to the Scottish economy.
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