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Senior Open at St Andrews

Major golf boost for north-east of Scotland

Bernhard Langer

Bernhard Langer: defending champion (photo: Getty Images).

The north-east of Scotland is set for a bumper fortnight of golf next year after the Old Course was confirmed as the venue for the 2018 Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex.

The tournament will run from July 26-29, just a week after Carnoustie hosts the 147th Open Championship.

It will be the first time in the 32-year history of the Senior Open that the Championship has been played over the famous St Andrews track and defending champion Bernhard Langer is looking forward to a special few weeks in the Home of Golf.

The German is exempt from both tournaments after his victory at Royal Porthcawl last month and he said: “I am looking forward to two very special weeks in Scotland next July.

“Firstly, I can play another Open Championship at Carnoustie, a links course that I love and where I won my first Senior Open in 2010.

“Then I can look forward to spending a week in St Andrews to defend my latest Senior Open title. It’s one of my most favourite places and a fantastic place to play golf with all the tradition and history attached to it.”

The four qualifying venues for the 2018 Senior Open have been announced with Fairmont St Andrews, Ladybank, Lundin Links and the world’s 13th oldest golf club, Scotscraig, each hosting an 18-hole qualifying competition on Monday, 23 July.

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