Rory McIlroy celebrates 2014 triumph at Royal Liverpool, which could host the Open in 2022

  • Royal Lytham, which has hosted one Open since 2001, is firm favourite for 2022
  • There are concerns that the links course is too cramped to host a modern Open
  • Royal Liverpool is being heavily considered for a move up the pecking order

Are the Royal and Ancient about to spring a surprise and award the 2022 Open to Royal Liverpool? A decision is expected later this month and Royal Lytham, which has hosted just one Open since 2001, is the firm favourite.

But there are influential voices inside St Andrews HQ who believe that Lytham is too cramped to host a modern Open, so Royal Liverpool is being heavily considered for a move up the pecking order from a later date.

If chosen, it would complete a remarkable renaissance for the Wirral links, which only returned to the Open rota in 2006 following a 39-year absence. That edition and the one that followed in 2014 — won by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy respectively — were such spectacular successes that the venue has become a firm favourite.

Rory McIlroy celebrates 2014 triumph at Royal Liverpool, which could host the Open in 2022
Rory McIlroy celebrates 2014 triumph at Royal Liverpool, which could host the Open in 2022

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