It has just been announced that the European Open is returning to England for the first time since 1994. The London Golf Club in Kent will host the 31st European Open on its 7,208-yard Jack Nicklaus-designed Heritage course from July 3-6.

Defending champion Colin Montgomerie welcomed this news: ?It?s great that we have a London venue on the schedule. Having played there quite recently, I know that it will unquestionably provide a stern examination for my Tour colleagues and myself and we can all look forward to a wonderful week in Kent.?

For the past 13 years the European Open has been held at the K Club, and The London Golf Club becomes the seventh venue to host the event. Walton Heath, Turnberry, Royal Liverpool, Sunningdale, East Sussex National have been the other clubs.

Bobby Wadkins won the first European Open at Walton Heath in Surrey in 1978. Other champions include eight Major winners: Michael Campbell, Nick Faldo, Retief Goosen, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam.

The London Golf Club is situated 25 miles from London, close to Brands Hatch in north Kent, and boasts two courses, The Heritage and The International. It has been the home of the London Seniors Masters, a Senior European Tour event, for the past three years.