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The Open Championship

What is the Open Championship?

The Open Championship is the oldest and most renowned golf competition in the world. It is often known as The Open or the British Open. It is categorised alongside three other major golf tournaments - the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Championship. The Open Championship is golf's oldest and longest-running tournament. 

With a few exceptions, the Open Championship has been conducted annually since 1860.The Open Championship has been staged on a number of courses in Scotland, England, and once in Northern Ireland. At first, it was  hosted every year at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. Later, the location was rotated among a small set of British coastal links golf courses. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) hosts the Open Championship.


The origins of the Open Championship

The Open Championship is named for the fact that it is "open" to all golfers, both professional and amateur. The inaugural Open Championship was held at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland on October 17, 1860. Eight pros competed in a one-day event that included three rounds on Prestwick's 12-hole layout. The inaugural event was won by Willie Park, Sr., who was rewarded with the Challenge Belt, a silver-buckled leather belt that each champion had to hold until the next Open.


In 1861, the competition became available to amateurs. In 1863, a £10 purse was created, which was to be split among the professionals who finished second, third, and fourth, and in 1864, a £6 first-place cash award was added. Tom Morris, Jr. won the Open for the third time in a row in 1870, earning him the right to hold the Challenge Belt indefinitely. The Open was not held again until 1872 since there was no prize to be given to the winner.


The Golf Champion Trophy, currently known as the Claret Jug, was established in 1872 to be awarded to the winning golfer. The Open became a 72-hole event in 1892, with four rounds of 18 holes, and a cut (field reduction) was established after the first two rounds of play in 1898. 

The Claret Jug


The Claret Jug

Professionals have traditionally dominated the Open, with only six amateur triumphs dating back to 1930. In actuality, the present competition is a professional tournament in which a select group of the world's best amateurs also compete, either by invitation or qualifying. As a result of the tournament's popularity, several other open golf events have been established across the world.


Prestige of the Open Championship

The Open is a one-of-a-kind tournament that is important to both professional and amateur players, as well as golf fans. Unlike other majors, which are usually held in sunny locations in the United States, the Open's outcome is frequently impacted by the weather. Morning and afternoon tee times on a links course can provide drastically different playing conditions, depending on the sea breeze. The weather is just one of the many distinguishing characteristics of the Open, which, when combined with its lengthy history and illustrious reputation, make it a golf event unlike any other.


Where is the Open Championship played

The Open Championship has traditionally been held on links courses, which are generally treeless golf courses built along a coastline and maintain their natural uneven topography. The Open was held entirely at Prestwick Golf Club from 1860 through 1870. Since 1872, it has been played on a rotating basis at a number of different courses.


Prestwick, St. Andrews, and Musselburgh, all in Scotland, were the first three courses.The Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland; Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland; the Ailsa Course at the Westin Turnberry Resort outside Girvan, Scotland; Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland; Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England; Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England; Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England; and Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England are the nine courses in the present rotation.

How is the Open Championship played

The Open Championship begins the day before the third Friday each year in July. Originally, there were eight professionals competing in a one-day tournament, however now, there are156 players on the field. The Open Championship is played in stroke play. The stroke play scoring system is used in the majority of professional competitions. Stroke play, sometimes known as medal play, is a golf scoring method in which the total number of strokes is calculated across one or more rounds of 18 holes, as opposed to match play, in which the individual or team wins a point for each round in which they beat their opponents. The player who has taken the fewest strokes throughout the course of the round, or rounds, is the victor in stroke play. 


The Open Championship used to be played in a 72-hole stroke play style over four days, with 18 holes played each day. In 1898, a cut (field reduction) was introduced. The cut rule states that only the top 70 players and ties advance to the final 36 holes after playing the initial 36 holes. If the lead is still tied after 72 holes, a three-hole aggregate playoff is played, followed by sudden death if the lead is still tied. 


Winners of the Open Championship

Year

Winner1

1860

Willie Park, Sr.

1861

Tom Morris, Sr.

1862

Tom Morris, Sr.

1863

Willie Park, Sr.

1864

Tom Morris, Sr.

1865

Andrew Strath

1866

Willie Park, Sr.

1867

Tom Morris, Sr.

1868

Tom Morris, Jr.

1869

Tom Morris, Jr.

1870

Tom Morris, Jr.

1871

not held2

1872

Tom Morris, Jr.

1873

Tom Kidd

1874

Mungo Park

1875

Willie Park, Sr.

1876

Bob Martin

1877

Jamie Anderson

1878

Jamie Anderson

1879

Jamie Anderson

1880

Bob Ferguson

1881

Bob Ferguson

1882

Bob Ferguson

1883

Willie Fernie

1884

Jack Simpson

1885

Bob Martin

1886

David Brown

1887

Willie Park, Jr.

1888

Jack Burns

1889

Wille Park, Jr.

1890

John Ball

1891

Hugh Kirkaldy

1892

Harold Hilton

1893

William Auchterlonie

1894

J.H. Taylor

1895

J.H. Taylor

1896

Harry Vardon

1897

Harold Hilton

1898

Harry Vardon

1899

Harry Vardon

1900

J.H. Taylor

1901

James Braid

1902

Sandy Herd

1903

Harry Vardon

1904

Jack White

1905

James Braid

1906

James Braid

1907

Arnaud Massy (France)

1908

James Braid

1909

J.H. Taylor

1910

James Braid

1911

Harry Vardon

1912

Ted Ray

1913

J.H. Taylor

1914

Harry Vardon

1915–19

not held3

1920

George Duncan

1921

Jock Hutchison (U.S.)

1922

Walter Hagen (U.S.)

1923

Arthur Havers

1924

Walter Hagen (U.S.)

1925

Jim Barnes (U.S.)

1926

Bobby Jones (U.S.)

1927

Bobby Jones (U.S.)

1928

Walter Hagen (U.S.)

1929

Walter Hagen (U.S.)

1930

Bobby Jones (U.S.)

1931

Tommy Armour (U.S.)

1932

Gene Sarazen (U.S.)

1933

Denny Shute (U.S.)

1934

Henry Cotton

1935

Alf Perry

1936

Alf Padgham

1937

Henry Cotton

1938

Reg Whitcombe

1939

Dick Burton

1940–45

not held4

1946

Sam Snead (U.S.)

1947

Fred Daly (Ire.)

1948

Henry Cotton

1949

Bobby Locke (S.Af.)

1950

Bobby Locke (S.Af.)

1951

Max Faulkner

1952

Bobby Locke (S.Af.)

1953

Ben Hogan (U.S.)

1954

Peter Thomson (Austl.)

1955

Peter Thomson (Austl.)

1956

Peter Thomson (Austl.)

1957

Bobby Locke (S.Af.)

1958

Peter Thomson (Austl.)

1959

Gary Player (S.Af.)

1960

Kel Nagle (Austl.)

1961

Arnold Palmer (U.S.)

1962

Arnold Palmer (U.S.)

1963

Bob Charles (N.Z.)

1964

Tony Lema (U.S.)

1965

Peter Thomson (Austl.)

1966

Jack Nicklaus (U.S.)

1967

Roberto de Vicenzo (Arg.)

1968

Gary Player (S.Af.)

1969

Tony Jacklin

1970

Jack Nicklaus (U.S.)

1971

Lee Trevino (U.S.)

1972

Lee Trevino (U.S.)

1973

Tom Weiskopf (U.S.)

1974

Gary Player (S.Af.)

1975

Tom Watson (U.S.)

1976

Johnny Miller (U.S.)

1977

Tom Watson (U.S.)

1978

Jack Nicklaus (U.S.)

1979

Seve Ballesteros (Spain)

1980

Tom Watson (U.S.)

1981

Bill Rogers (U.S.)

1982

Tom Watson (U.S.)

1983

Tom Watson (U.S.)

1984

Seve Ballesteros (Spain)

1985

Sandy Lyle

1986

Greg Norman (Austl.)

1987

Nick Faldo

1988

Seve Ballesteros (Spain)

1989

Mark Calcavecchia (U.S.)

1990

Nick Faldo

1991

Ian Baker-Finch (Austl.)

1992

Nick Faldo

1993

Greg Norman (Austl.)

1994

Nick Price (Zimb.)

1995

John Daly (U.S.)

1996

Tom Lehman (U.S.)

1997

Justin Leonard (U.S.)

1998

Mark O'Meara (U.S.)

1999

Paul Lawrie

2000

Tiger Woods (U.S.)

2001

David Duval (U.S.)

2002

Ernie Els (S.Af.)

2003

Ben Curtis (U.S.)

2004

Todd Hamilton (U.S.)

2005

Tiger Woods (U.S.)

2006

Tiger Woods (U.S.)

2007

Padraig Harrington (Ire.)

2008

Padraig Harrington (Ire.)

2009

Stewart Cink (U.S.)

2010

Louis Oosthuizen (S.Af.)

2011

Darren Clarke

2012

Ernie Els (S.Af.)

2013

Phil Mickelson (U.S.)

2014

Rory McIlroy

2015

Zach Johnson (U.S.)

2016

Henrik Stenson (Swed.)

2017

Jordan Spieth (U.S.)

2018

Francesco Molinari (Italy)

2019

Shane Lowry (Ire.)

2020

not held5

2021

Collin Morikawa (U.S.)

1Won by a U.K. golfer except as indicated.

2Tournament cancelled because there was no award for the winner.

3Tournament cancelled because of World War I.

4Tournament cancelled because of World War II.

5Tournament cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.


The 150th Open Championship 

The 150th Open Championship

The 150th Open will be held at the Old Course, St Andrews, after 162 years and 149 Opens. This will be the 30th time, the 150th Open will be held on the classic links of The Old Course. 

The 150th Open will be held from July 14th to July 17th, 2022. This will undoubtedly be a historic Open, with record crowds expected, and the world's best players expected to compete for the Claret Jug.



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