Royal Birkdale gets 2017 Open Championship, Carnoustie in 2018
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Royal Birkdale gets 2017 Open Championship, Carnoustie in 2018


The Open Championship rotation is all set through 2019, with the R&A announcing on Tuesday that it has selected Royal Birkdale to host the 2017 Open with Carnoustie following up a year later.

The announcement was made at a news conference at this week's PGA Tour stop, The Greenbrier Classic.

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Royal Birkdale will host The Open for the 10th time in 2017. Padraig Harrington notched his second-consecutive Open in a four-shot win in 2008. Mark O’ Meara defeated Brian Watts in a playoff for the Claret Jug in 1998, capping off a two-major season. Other Birkdale Open champions include Ian Baker-Finch (1991), Peter Thomson (1954, '65), Arnold Palmer (1961), Lee Trevino (1971) and Johnny Miller (1976).

Carnoustie gets the Open for the eighth time a year later. The Irishman Harrington also was the last to win an Open here, doing so in a playoff over Sergio Garcia in 2007. Before that, Paul Lawrie came back from 10 shots down in the final round to win in a playoff over Jean van de Velde and Justin Leonard. Ben Hogan won the Claret Jug in his only Open Championship appearance on this course in 1953.


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