Hoylake gets nod for 2014 Open


Hoylake gets nod for 2014 Open
Sean Dudley
By Toby Ingleton

The Royal & Ancient has announced that the 2014 Open Championship will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

The 2014 Open will be the twelfth hosted by Hoylake, the last of which, in 2006, saw Tiger Woods triumph with a strategy that involved his driver being used only twice during the week. The most notable victory at the course was perhaps Bobby Jones' in 1930, the second leg of his grand slam.

"We are delighted the Open is returning to Royal Liverpool after a relatively short period of time," said David Hill, the R&A’s director of championships. "In 2006, Hoylake showcased links golf at its best and players, spectators and officials were united in their praise for the course, and for the venue as a whole."

Paul Cassidy, captain of Royal Liverpool Golf Club, added: "We are very proud of our club’s rich heritage and the many memorable golfing moments staged at Hoylake since our founding in 1869 and are extremely thrilled to be again invited to host the Open Championship in 2014.”

Architect Martin Ebert, then working with Donald Steel's design firm, oversaw changes to the course in advance of the 2006 event. This saw the total length increase to 7,258 yards and new bunkering added. The routing was also modified for the 2006 event, with the intimidating first hole playing as the third for the championship.