Next year's Open Championship is set to be a special one
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A total of 14 golf courses have played host to the Open Championship and they all have two things in common – they are in the British Isles and they are all links courses.
This year's Championship takes place at Carnoustie for the eighth time, with Padraig Harrington winning there last time out in 2007 after Paul Lawrie triumphed in 1999.
Next year the Open will venture outside of England and Scotland for the first time since 1951.
In 2019 the Championship will make an exciting and historic return to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
It is expected to be the biggest sporting event ever held in Northern Ireland when the Open returns for the first time since Max Faulkner won there 68 years ago.
It will be only the second time in the history of the event when the Championship has been played outside Scotland and England. It has never been held in Wales.
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Royal St George's will host in 2020 for the first time since Darren Clarke won his Claret Jug in 2011.
The Kent links shares the same coastline as former venues Prince's and Royal Cinque Ports, and next year will be its 15th Open Championship.
The 2020 tournament will be the 149th Open.
St Andrews has hosted the tournament every five and 10 years, however it has been moved back to 2021 because of the tournament's 150th playing.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “The Championship enjoys a historic and celebrated relationship with the Old Course in St Andrews and we are excited to be marking the occasion of the 150th Championship at the home of golf in 2021.
The venue for the 2022 staging is currently unknown.
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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