St. Andrews all but official for 2015 Open Championship venue


SANDWICH, England – The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews doesn’t adopt the same thought process as the U.S. Golf Association when it comes to naming the site of future championships.

Right now, the sites of the U.S. Open have been announced through 2019, when it’ll be at Pebble Beach. The British Open, however, only has sites announced for the next three years – 2012 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, 2013 at Muirfield and 2014 at Royal Liverpool.

It’s widely accepted that 2015 will go back to the Old Course at St. Andrews. Over the past 20 years the championship has been held at the Old Course every five years (1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010). Although the official announcement was not made Wednesday in the R&A’s annual news conference on the eve of the Open Championship, it sounds like the Old Course eventually will be named site of the 2015 event.

“We have a number of detailed issues that we’re working on,” said Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A. “I would be very surprised if you were surprised at what we announce about 2015.”