The R&A has named Muirfield as the venue for the 2013 Open Championship, when it will host the event for the sixteenth time.
Muirfield last hosted The Open Championship in 2002, when Ernie Els won his third Major after the first and only four man, four-hole playoff in the tournament’s history.
Muirfield first held The Open in 1892 and the illustrious list of winners includes Harry Vardon (1896), James Braid (1901, 1906), Walter Hagen (1929), Henry Cotton (1948), Nick Faldo (1987, 1992), Tom Watson (1980), Lee Trevino (1972), Jack Nicklaus (1966) and Gary Player (1959).
The course has also been used extensively for R&A Championships, staging 10 Amateurs – the last in 1998 when a Sergio Garcia took the title – and two Walker Cups in 1959 and 1979.
Commenting on the announcement, David Hill, The R&A’s Director of Championships, said: “We are delighted that The Open is returning to Muirfield, an outstanding championship course that consistently produces a very worthy champion.
“For any club to host The Open it requires a great deal of work and The R&A would, therefore, like to thank The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers for its continued cooperation, which has enabled the Championship to come back to this fine venue for a sixteenth time.”
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