Tickets have today been released for general sale for The 147th Open at Carnoustie as the championship returns to the venue regarded as the toughest on the rota for the 8th time in its history.
The Angus venue last hosted The Open in 2007 when Padraig Harrington emerged victorious following a dramatic playoff with Sergio Garcia, while Paul Lawrie still boasts the record of the last Scottish male player to win a major following his victory there in 1999.
Now a bumper crowd is expected to attend at Carnoustie, situated on Scotland’s east coast just north of St Andrews, to see who can tame the famous links on their way to lifting the Claret Jug in 2018.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “We are looking forward to The Open returning to Scotland, the Home of Golf for the third time in four years following successful championships at Royal Troon in 2016 and St Andrews in 2015. Carnoustie is known the world over as an exacting test of golf and with the course situated perfectly on Scotland’s east coast with fantastic transport links we are hoping for another huge crowd cheering on the world’s best players in Scotland.”
Tickets are on sale now at www.theopen.com/tickets with great savings to be made on early-bird discounts.
Aberdonian Lawrie returned to Carnoustie to promote tickets going on sale following his win in 1999 when he beat Jean van de Velde in a playoff, sealing the Frenchman’s fate after a dramatic 18th hole collapse. To mark his return, greenkeepers cut the flag in exactly the same position as it was in 1999 when Lawrie hit his towering four iron approach enroute to victory.
He added: “To be The Open champion is an honour and privilege that lasts a lifetime. It was a magical feeling to return to Carnoustie and go back to that exact spot where I hit that 4-iron. I was delighted to see the greenkeeper had not only marked it out for me but put the pin in the exact same position as it was in 1999.
“It was a victory that literally changed my life. I was a very good player before The Open, but all of a sudden I was The Open champion - a big difference. People forget I had to qualify to get in, and I also had to birdie two of the last four holes to make it through at Downfield.
“Carnoustie has always been a course close to my heart as a native of nearby Aberdeen and it is a special place to return to as a former Champion. It really is the ultimate test for any professional golfer and the world’s best are in for a real challenge next year. I look forward to taking on that test again and, who knows, after almost 20 years maybe history can repeat itself.”