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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- The British Open will return to Royal St. George's in 2011 and Royal Lytham & St. Annes the following year.
 
Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England, last hosted the British Open in 2003, when Ben Curtis won his only major title. It will be the 14th time the tournament will be staged at Royal St. George's since 1894, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club said Tuesday.
 
Royal Lytham and St. Annes last hosted the British Open in 2001, when David Duval won. The 2012 edition will be the 10th British Open on the course in northern England since 1926, when it was won by amateur Bobby Jones.
 
This year's British Open, won by Padraig Harrington, was at Carnoustie in Scotland.
 
'The Open is a huge undertaking for any club and the R&A would therefore like to thank both clubs for their cooperation, which has enabled the championship to return to these two fine venues,' R&A director of championships David Hill said.
 
Next year's event will be at Royal Birkdale in northern England, followed by two Scottish venues -- Turnberry in 2009 and the Old Course at St. Andrews in 2010.
 
The R&A is the governing body for golf outside the United States and Mexico.
 
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