The course will re-open to members on Monday 29th March, and visitors from Monday 12th April.

In July, the 120th Open Championship was held at Royal Birkdale and West Lancashire once again hosted Final Qualifying during which Peter O’Malley (Australia) emerged as the leading qualifier with a total score of 141.

Among those who failed to qualify were Bernard Gallacher, Jesper Parnevik and Ernie Els.

Pictured. Bernard Gallacher at West Lancashire.