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Women's Open set to tee off in Southport

Crowds at Royal Birkdale Credit: PA

The Women's Open Golf championship starts at Royal Birkdale in Southport today. Thousand of fans are expected to turn out to watch the tournament, it's the sixth time the championship has been held there.

Reigning champion Stacy Lewis will be there to defend her title as well as the world number one Inbee Park. The Championship runs until Sunday.

Stacy Lewis Credit: PA

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Royal Birkdale to host The Open in 2017

Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Credit: PA

The Royal Birkdale, near Southport, will host The Open Golf Championships in 2017, the R&A announced today.

Five-time Open Champion Tom Watson, who won The Open at Royal Birkdale in 1983 and at Carnoustie in 1975, joined The R&A to make the announcement at the Greenbrier.

He said “Royal Birkdale is a fine links course and I have always thoroughly enjoyed playing there.

"I think the players and the fans will be excited to see the top players playing these courses once again.”

Royal Birkdale hosting The Open in 2008.

The course will host The Open for the tenth time on July 20, 2017.

The R&A also announced today that Carnoustie will host the competition in 2018.

This year's Open Championship will be played at the Royal Liverpool, in Hoylake, Wirral, later this month.

Spain's Sergio Garcia at the 2006 Open at Royal Liverpool. Credit: PA

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