Members of Parliament have welcomed the announcement that The 150th Open will be played in St Andrews in 2021.
It was announced on Monday (12 February) that the tournament would return to the historic Old Course for the 30th time. Golf’s oldest championship was last played in St Andrews in 2015, when Zach Johnson defeated Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen in a four-hole play-off to lift the Claret Jug.
A motion will be tabled in the House of Commons following recess by All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf Co-Chair and Member of Parliament for North East Fife, Stephen Gethins MP. It welcomes the announcement, and “looks forward to welcoming players and spectators from around the world to mark the occasion of the 150th staging of golf’s oldest championship at the home of golf in 2021.”
Speaking after the announcement, Stephen Gethins MP, who is also the local Member of Parliament for St Andrews, said “I am delighted that The Open will once again return to St Andrews in 2021, and it is fitting that the 150th Championship will be staged at the home of golf.
“The Open does not only provide compelling viewing for golf and sports fans around the world, but also delivers significant economic benefit to its host area. I am sure that the 2021 Championship will deliver a huge boost to the local economy, as well as a fantastic showcase of golf.”
Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf Co-Chair, Craig Tracey MP, added “The Open is one of the largest sporting events to be held in the United Kingdom, and always provides fantastic entertainment.
“It is a special tournament for golf and sports fans not just across the United Kingdom but around the world, and the 150th Championship has great potential to inspire the next generation of young golfers.”
The full text of the motion is as follows:
The 150th Open
That this House welcomes the decision by The R&A to stage The 150th Open at St Andrews from 11-18 July 2021; notes that this will be the 30th time that The Open has been played over the historic Old Course, which first hosted the championship in 1873; hopes that more people of all ages across the United Kingdom will be inspired by the tournament to take part in golf; notes that The Open delivers an economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host area; and looks forward to welcoming players and spectators from around the world to mark the occasion of the 150th staging of golf’s oldest championship at the home of golf in 2021.