The chair of Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee has hailed the announcement of The Open’s return to Carnoustie as “fantastic news”.
Pat Sawers spoke to the Guide & Gazette on Tuesday after the R&A press conference in Greenbrier, West Virginia, confirmed Carnoustie would host the competition in 2018.
She said: “This is fantastic news both for the Carnoustie Golf Links and for the local community as a whole.
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming The Open Championship back for an eighth time to the historic links at Carnoustie in 2018 and feel sure the Championship will generate just as much interest and excitement as in previous years.
“We believe the fact the R&A has invited us to stage the 2018 Championship will provide a big boost to golf in the local area and will have a beneficial effect on our on-going efforts to attract more local youngsters into the game.”
Pat continued: “We regard Carnoustie as one of the toughest and fairest links in world golf and anticipate it will provide ample opportunity for the best players in the world to test their skills and showcase their talents.
“We look forward to working with the R&A over the next four years and to providing a course that highlights the special traditions of links golf.”
The news has also been well-received by golf fans in the town. On our Facebook page Gerry Grant posted: “Fantastic news for the town and surrounding area.”
Janis Caird wrote: “Superb news for whole area. Following on from Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup this year, the Open St Andrews next year, Seniors Open in 2016, it’s just fabulous news!”
And Stewart Ramsay added: “Great news for Carnoustie. Not a huge golf fan but still remember the buzz in the town when the last two Opens were here. Something to look forward to, can’t wait!”
The announcement, which has previously been the centre of many rumours, was made by golfing hero Tom Watson. He said: “When I first played in The Open at Carnoustie I still had a lot to learn about links golf but I quickly adapted to the challenge of playing in the wind and keeping the ball low. I played well that week and was thrilled to win the play-off.”