Darren Clarke set to defend Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Darren Clarke was the dramatic winner of the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George's.

Darren Clarke set to defend Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

The 141st Open Championship, set to be played July 19-22, at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, marks the first time consecutive Opens have been held outside Scotland since 1952 and the first time ever for consecutive Opens in England.

By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com Interactive Producer

When the 141st Open Championship tees off July 19-22, 2012, at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, it will mark the first time that consecutive Opens have been held outside Scotland since 1952, and the first time ever for consecutive Opens in England.

In 2011, Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke had an emotional win in southeast England at Royal St. George's. Then age 42, the victory was the first of Clarke's illustrious career and made him the third major winner from Northern Ireland in 13 months, joining countrymen Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, who won the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Open, respectively.

This year's trip to Royal Lytham & St. Annes in northwest England will be the first since David Duval won the 2001 Open.

Royal Lytham & St. Annes has hosted 10 Open Championships in all. The first was held in 1926 and was won by legendary amateur player Bobby Jones. In 1952, it became part of the modern-day, nine-course Open rotation.