Tickets go on sale for 2015 Open in St Andrews

Rory McIlroy, in action in St Andrews during last month's Dunhill Links, is expected to return to the Old Course next year to defend The Open (Photo by John Stewart)
Rory McIlroy, in action in St Andrews during last month's Dunhill Links, is expected to return to the Old Course next year to defend The Open (Photo by John Stewart)

Tickets go on sale next week for the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews, where Rory McIlroy will defend his title.

The 144th Open Championship will be played from July 12-19, 2015, over the Old Course and world number one McIlroy will return to St Andrews as defending champion after his two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler at Royal Liverpool in July.

The Open will be played at St Andrews for the 29th time and the list of champions at the Home of Golf includes some of the greatest players in the sport’s history such as Bobby Jones, Peter Thomson, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen, who lifted the Claret Jug in 2010.

Earlier this year, The R&A, which organises The Open, announced an extension to the exemption of five-time Open champion Tom Watson, which will enable him to make his 40th anniversary appearance in The Open at St Andrews next year.

Ticket prices are being kept the same in 2015 for concessions, and accompanied children aged under-16 will continue to enjoy free entry. The price of an adult daily ticket will go up by £5 to £70, if purchased before 31 May, and £80 thereafter. Weekly tickets will also be available.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of championships at The R&A, said: “We are very much looking forward to the return of The Open to St Andrews next year. There is always a special atmosphere at St Andrews and we will be working hard to deliver an outstanding experience for spectators once again.

“With Rory McIlroy defending the Claret Jug and Tom Watson making what is likely to be his final appearance in The Open, there will be no shortage of drama and emotion for the galleries. It promises to be a fantastic week of world class golf.”

Tickets for The Open go on sale on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.