The Amateur Championship golf will visit past Open Championship venues as The R&A announced that Royal Portrush and Carnoustie will host the famous contest.

Royal Portrush, venue for the 1951 Open, will host the Championship for the third time in 2014 on its Dunluce Links with the initial strokeplay qualifying stage shared with nearby Portstewart.

A year later the Amateur Championship will be staged at Carnoustie for a fifth time with qualifying also taking place at Panmure, a previous Open Local Final Qualifying course.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, The R&A’s executive director-Championships, said: “The Amateur Championship has a proud tradition of being contested over the finest links courses in the British Isles.

“I am delighted that the Amateur Championship will be returning to two past venues that will offer Irish and Scottish golf fans the chance to watch some of the world’s best amateur golfers in action.”

Royal Portrush, which can count 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell as well as Open winners Padraig Harrington (2007, 08) and reigning Champion Darren Clarke among its members, has a long history of hosting championship golf.

Carnoustie is one of the most famous venues in world golf having hosted the Open Championship seven times.

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