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

In July, the Open Championship returned to Royal Birkdale and Paul Lawrie led the field in Final Qualifying at West Lancashire.

He won the Open Championship at Carnoustie the following year.

Pictured. The scorecard showing Paul Lawrie at the top but also shown - 2014 Europe Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley