St. Andrews to Host Senior Open Championship for First Time

February 2, 2016

The Old Course at St. Andrews has hosted majors for over 140 years but has never been the site of the Senior Open Championship. That will all change in 2018, when St. Andrews, which has hosted 29 Open Championships, will be home to its first ever Champions Tour major stop.

The R&A and European Tour made the announcement on Tuesday.

The 2018 tournament could feature a unique confluence of new beginnings and potential endings. John Daly will make his Champions Tour debut this season and, assuming he’s healthy, could return to St. Andrews hoping to win a major on the Champions Tour at the same course he won his only British title back in 1995.

At the other end of the spectrum, Tom Watson will be 68 by the ’18 Open Championship. He bid a teary farewell to the Old Course in 2015 in what many thought were his final competitive rounds at St. Andrews.

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Watson has never won a title at St. Andrews after an infamous second-place finish in 1984, but he holds the record for most Open Championship wins with five. 

Daly could be going for his first, while Watson could be shooting for his last. Either way, the Old Course is always full of drama.