The R&A also announced that the Open has been awarded to Royal Birkdale in 2017 and Carnoustie in 2018. Royal Birkdale last hosted in 2008 and Carnoustie in 2007. Padraig Harrington won them both.
After this year's Open at Royal Liverpool, the Open goes back to St. Andrews next year followed by Royal Troon in 2016, then Birkdale and Carnoustie. If various issues can be worked out, the Open is expected to go to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland in 2019 -- the first time since 1951. If the R&A keeps its five-year schedule for St. Andrews, the Old Course would again host the tournament in 2020.