Royal Liverpool lands 2014 British Open

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The Royal Liverpool Golf Club's Hoylake course in northwest England will host the 2014 British Open, the tournament's organizers, the Royal and Ancient club, announced Tuesday.

It will mark the 12th time Hoylake had hosted the oldest of golf's four majors and the only one played outside the United States.

Tiger Woods won the last Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006 when he became the first back-to-back winner of the title since fellow American Tom Watson in 1983, when the tournament returned to the course after a 39-year absence.

Hoylake was the venue for some notable British Open successes.

In 1907 Arnaud Massey became the only Frenchman to win the title while 1947 saw Fred Daly become the first Irishman to lift the tournament's Claret Jug.

Then, in 1967, Argentina's Roberto di Vicenzo became the first South American to win a Major when he won that year's Open.

"We are delighted that The Open is returning to Royal Liverpool after a relatively short period of time," said David Hill, the Royal and Ancient club's director of championships.

"In 2006, Hoylake showcased links golf at its best and players, spectators and officials were united in their praise for the course, and for the venue as a whole," he added.

Scotland's St. Andrews' course, the headquarters of the Royal and Ancient club, will stage this year's British Open in July when Stewart Cink of the United States defends the title he won by beating Watson in a dramatic playoff at Scotland's Turnberry course.