The tournament was last held at the venue in 2014 when four-time major winner Rory McIlroy lifted the Claret Jug.

Australian great and five-time Open champion Peter Thompson was the last player from his country to win the event at the course in 1956.

More than 230,000 fans watched Tiger Woods triumph at Hoylake in 2006, a then record attendance for an Open held outside of St Andrews.

"We know there will be tremendous excitement at the prospect of its return to Royal Liverpool," R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said in a statement on the 2022 tournament that will be held from July 10-17.