It has been confirmed that the Open golf championship will return to the Royal Liverpool in Hoylake in 2023.
The return of the prestigious event – which attracts the world’s best players – has been put back 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the cancellation of this year’s event at Royal St George’s.
The links will now host the 151st Open from 16 – 23 July 2023, rather than in 2022 as originally planned.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “We have been working closely with Royal Liverpool and Royal Troon and the relevant local agencies to reschedule the Championships.
“We are grateful to everyone involved at the clubs and at our partner organisations for supporting our plans and showing flexibility to adapt their own schedules.
“We can now look forward to seeing the world’s best players competing at these outstanding links courses in 2023 and 2024.”
The news has been warmly welcomed by the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
Captain Michael Johnson said: “Without doubt the golfing world greatly anticipates the return of The Open after the hiatus of 2020 and Royal Liverpool Golf Club is delighted to fit into the revised schedule alongside our friends at Royal Troon.
“We must thank The R&A for its continued support and look forward to welcoming competitors and spectators alike to Hoylake in 2023.”
It will be the 13th time the Championship has been staged at Royal Liverpool and the first since Rory McIlroy lifted the Claret Jug there in 2014.
The 152nd Open will be played at Royal Troon from 14-21 July 2024.