Golfing legend Tom Watson today (Tuesday) confirmed the hopes of many Carnoustie golfers when he confirmed that The Open was to return in 2018.
At an R&A press conference in Greenbrier, West Virginia, the 2017 and 2018 Open venues were announced as Royal Birkdale and Carnoustie respectively.
The five-time Open champion has recorded two of his victories on those courses, Carnoustie in 1975 and Royal Birkdale in 1983.
Mr Watson said: “I am delighted to see The Open returning to two great venues in Royal Birkdale and Carnoustie.
“I know both courses are held in high regard by the players and I certainly consider them to be wonderful tests of golf.”
He continued: “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.”
Pat Sawers, chairman of Carnoustie Golf Links, said: “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.”
2018 will be the eighth occasion on which Carnoustie has hosted The Open Championship and the first since Harrington lifted the Claret Jug there in 2007 after defeating Sergio Garcia in a play-off.
In 1999, Scotland’s Paul Lawrie triumphed after a play-off with Justin Leonard and Jean Van de Velde. Ben Hogan famously won The Open at Carnoustie in 1953 on the only occasion he played in the Championship and the other winners at the Angus links are Tommy Armour (1931), Henry Cotton (1937) and Gary Player (1968).
The Open will be in town on 19-22 July, 2018.