St Andrews to host British Open in 2021

FILE - In this Monday, July 20, 2015, file photo, United States' Jordan Spieth drives from the 18th tee during the final round at the British Open Golf Championship at the Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland. First-timers have won the last seven majors. The British Open starts July 20, 2017, and Royal Birkdale has a history or rewarding players who already have won majors. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) The British Open is returning to the home of golf in 2021.

The Old Course will host the 150th anniversary of the world’s oldest major to mark ”a true celebration of golf’s original championship and its historic ties to St. Andrews,” the R&A said Monday.

It will be the 30th time the Open Championship is played on the Old Course, and the first since 2015 when Zach Johnson lifted the claret jug after a three-way playoff.

It ends the cycle of St. Andrews staging the Open every five years since 1990. It first hosted the event in 1873, when an 18-hole course was used in the championship for the first time. Tom Kidd won that year.