Lancaster named official Open Championship starter


The R&A announced Tuesday that David Lancaster has been named the official starter for the Open Championship this summer at Royal Troon, replacing Ivor Robson who retired last year after more than 40 years in the position.

Born in 1957, Lancaster formerly served in the Royal Navy and now runs his own company. He has been a golfer for more than 30 years.

While Robson ran a one-man operation, Lancaster will have help in the form of Matt Corker, who will "provide support" during the long days that result from the Open using solely a first-tee start for all rounds of the championship.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be given the opportunity to become the official starter," Lancaster said in a release. "The Open is one of the most prestigious events in world sport and I have long been inspired by its heritage and the tremendous performances of the golfing greats over the years. Matt and I are very much looking forward to playing a part in history by introducing the players on the first tee."

This year the Open will be held July 14-17 in Ayrshire, Scotland, where Zach Johnson will defend the title he won a year ago at St. Andrews.