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Last Updated: Monday, 18 July, 2005, 10:35 GMT 11:35 UK
Old Course changes deemed success
The 14th tee on the St Andrews Old Course
The 14th was one of the five holes to be lengthened
Open organisers insist the changes made to the St Andrews course for this year's event were a big hit.

Five new tees added 164 yards to the Old Course since the Open was last played at St Andrews in 2000.

"I think the changes were a success and the course stood the test," said Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson.

But there are no plans for further alterations before St Andrews next plays host, likely to be in 2010, the 150th anniversary of the first Open.

Martin Kippax, chairman of the championship committee, stated: "I don't see there is any way we are going to be stretching the Old Course any more. She is as she is."

The changes to the Old Course were made after Tiger Woods won the 2000 event in record-breaking style.

The American finished on 19-under-par - a major championship record - and did not find a single bunker.

He won again this year with a 14-under-par score but was the only player in double figures.

Dawson said: "We are very happy with the guys at the top of the leaderboard and very happy with the scoring.

"If there was a disappointment, it was that we didn't get the other wind, which would have brought the changes out in more stark contrast."

Dawson added that St Andrews would be an apt choice for the 150th anniversary.

"I would not be surprised if the championship committee decides to bring it here," he said.

"We have more international visitors and the eyes of the world are on the home of golf when it holds the Open championship.

"We have nine venues that are active for us and the way it seems to work is that the Open comes to St Andrews about every five years and to each of the others about every 10."

The 2006 Open will take place at the Wirral course of Hoylake for the first time since 1967.

Carnoustie will host the 2007 Open with Royal Birkdale staging the 2008 event.

No decision has been confirmed for the 2009 but Turnberry is likely to be the venue for the first time since 1994.




SEE ALSO
Birkdale to host 2008 Open
16 Feb 04 |  Golf
Open returns to Carnoustie
22 Jan 04 |  Golf
Hoylake to host 2006 Open
03 Dec 02 |  Golf


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