The Open Championship returns to the Old Course in 2015

The Open Championship at St Andrews

The Open will return to the Home of Golf in 2015 when the 144th Championship is played at St Andrews from 16-19 July.  It will be the 29th time that golf’s oldest Major has been held over the Old Course.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen won by seven shots with a 16-under par total of 272 when The Open was last held at St Andrews in 2010.

The R&A’s Chief Executive Peter Dawson said: “We are delighted to announce that The Open will be returning to St Andrews and the historic Old Course in 2015.

“St Andrews has proved time and again that it is perfectly equipped to host The Open and I am certain we will yet again see a worthy winner lift the Claret Jug.

“Players, spectators and officials alike will welcome a return to the game’s spiritual home and I fully expect that we will witness another thrilling Championship.”

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “Scotland is known as the Home of Golf the world over, and for one of the world’s oldest tournaments to be returning to St Andrews is greatly welcomed.

"VisitScotland and EventScotland are an Associate partner of The Open Championship, and we continue to work proactively with the R&A to ensure that The Open provides a fantastic experience whenever it is held in Scotland.

“Golf tournaments provide the perfect stage to showcase Scotland’s first-class courses to the world and we’re delighted that the Open Championship is coming back to St. Andrews.”

Independent research, commissioned jointly by The R&A and EventScotland, found that the 2010 Open Championship delivered a combined £100 million benefit to Scotland, with £40.1 million entering the local economy.