HOYLAKE TO HOST OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2022
26 February 2019
The 151st Open is to played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club (Hoylake) from July 14-17, 2022.
The occasion will mark the 13th time that The Open has been played over the famous Merseyside links, where many of the greatest names in the sport have lifted the iconic Claret Jug.
The Open was last played at Hoylake in 2014, when Rory McIlroy completed a wire-to-wire victory to become the third golfer from Northern Ireland, after Fred Daly (Holyoke, 1947) and Darren Clarke (Royal St George’s, 2011), to win the Championship.
More than 230,000 fans turned out to watch Tiger Woods lift the Claret Jug for the third time 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, and it will be fascinating to see who will emerge from the world class field to lift the Claret Jug in 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. Since then, the historic links has witnessed some of golf’s most notable players go on to become Champion Golfer of the Year including Sandy Herd, Arnaud Massy, JH Taylor, Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Alf Padgham, Daly, Peter Thomson, Roberto de Vicenzo, Woods and McIlroy.