The world-renowned Open Golf Championship will be returning to the Royal Liverpool club in Hoylake in 2022, it has been announced.
The occasion will mark the 13th time that golf’s original championship has been played over the famous Wirral links where many of the greatest names in the sport have lifted the iconic Claret Jug.
It will be the 151st time to historic Open has been played. The Open last came to Hoylake in 2014 when Rory McIlroy famously completed a wire-to-wire victory by two strokes over Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia.
More than 230,000 fans turned out to watch Tiger Woods lift the Claret Jug for the third time in his celebrated career when the Open was played at Hoylake in 2006, which was a record attendance for a Championship held outside of St Andrews until the total was surpassed at Royal Birkdale in 2017.
Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A, said: “The Open has a strong affinity with England’s Golf Coast and following the success of the Championship at Royal Birkdale two years ago we know that there will be tremendous excitement among golf fans at the prospect of its return to Royal Liverpool.
“Its famous links has a cherished history and has produced a revered group of champion golfers, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy most recently.
“It will be fascinating to see who will emerge from the world class field to lift the Claret Jug in 2022.”
Sir Ian Gilmore, captain of Royal Liverpool, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting The Open at Hoylake again – the thirteenth to be held here.
“Support for world class sport in Merseyside and the North West is intense and passionate.
“Fans will turn out in force expecting another great winner to join the pantheon of great champion golfers who have won at Hoylake – Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy being the last two – a testament to the quality of our course that always seems to find the world’s best golfer.
“Roll on 2022!”
Hoylake first staged the Open in 1897 when Harold Hilton, a member of the club, won the Championship for a second time after his maiden victory in 1892 at Muirfield.