The R&A has confirmed that the 144th Open Championship will be held at St Andrews in 2015.

It will be the 29th time that the Home of Golf has played host to the championship. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen was the winner at the last Open to be hosted on The Old Course 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.”

Euan Loudon, chief executive of St Andrews Links Trust, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming The Open Championship back to the Links.

“There is always a special sense of anticipation when The open is played on the Old Course and it promises to be no different in 2015.

“Almost every great champion in the game has played here and there is no more fitting celebration of the rich heritage of the Home of Golf than hosting golf’s oldest Major Championship.”