Henrik Stenson takes a shot

The R&A has confirmed that the Royal Liverpool and Royal Troon have been selected as the host venues of The Open Championship golf tournament in 2023 and 2024 respectively.

Both sites were set to host the prestigious competition 12 months earlier but have now agreed to push the dates back due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The tournament was cancelled for the first time in 75 years after the 2020 edition at Royal St George’s was postponed as a result of the pandemic. The R&A has reworked the schedule, meaning the Kent links will stage the competition in 2021 and St Andrew’s will play host to the 150th British Open in 2022.

R&A Chief Executive, Martin Slumbers, 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.”

Royal Liverpool has held The Open a total of 12 times, whilst Scotland’s Royal Troon has staged the tournament nine times, most recently in 2016 when Henrik Stenson won the Claret Jug.