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Troon to host the 2016 Open

ESPN staff
June 20, 2012
The Open will return to Royal Troon © Getty Images

Royal Troon has been chosen to host the 2016 Open Championship, the Royal & Ancient Club confirmed on Wednesday.

The Ayrshire course last hosted the tournament in 2004, when unheralded American Todd Hamilton stunned Ernie Els in a play-off to claim the Claret Jug.

"Royal Troon is an excellent venue which has consistently challenged the best golfers in the world," R&A chairman Jim McArthur said. "I am sure that Ayrshire, with its historic connection to The Open, will once again provide a superb setting for the game's oldest major championship."

The announcement means Scotland will host golf's oldest major three times in the next four years - Muirfield welcomes the event next year, with St Andrews playing host in 2015.

Gleneagles will also host the Ryder Cup in 2014, meaning it promises to be a golden few years for Scottish golf.

This year's Open Championship, which will be played at Royal Lytham & St Annes, takes place from July 19-22.

Past winners at Royal Troon include Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. Americans have won on the last six occasions the event was played around the Old Course, which is perhaps most famous for the short but distinctive 'Postage Stamp' par-three 8th.

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