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‘No course changes’ by R&A as Carnoustie gets the 2018 Open

EXCLUSIVE Angus course ‘delighted’ to be chosen to host historic championship once more.

GRAEME DUNCAN, Carnoustie Golf Links’ general manager, has told Scottish Club Golfer, that the R&A has not yet asked for any changes to be made to the course in the build up to the club hosting the 2018 Open Championship.

He also reiterated that the club is ‘absolutely delighted’ to have been announced as an Open host once more, as it continues to add to its ‘great history’.

The club was officially approached two months prior to the announcement, and instantly agreed to hosting what will be its eighth Open Championship, the first since Irishman Padraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug there in 2007.

“We’re absolutely deligthed to have been asked by the R&A to host this prestigious competition once again,” said Duncan. “It’s huge for the surrounding area, too. We’re expecting to have in the region of 170,000 to 200,000 people attending the event in July 2018 and all of those people will need places to stay and eat in the local area. It’s hugely positive for us and everyone situated nearby.”

PREPARATION

“To host such a prestigious event means so much to the club, and being an Open venue, it brings people from around the world to play,” added Duncan.

Although there has been no sign of requested changes from the R&A as yet, the club remains in regular contact with the governing body in preparation for hosting next year’s Amateur Championship, as well as the Senior Open Championship in 2016. Course preparations are likely to intensify following the completion of the seniors’ event.

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 in 2018 and feel sure the championship will create as much interest and excitement as in previous years.

“It 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.”

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