When: July 20-23, 2017
Where: Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, England
Format: 72 holes - Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Henrik Stenson
TV Coverage: Golf Channel, NBC
The Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale for the first time since 2008 when Padraig Harrington picked up the win. This year, the tournament gets underway July 20-23, 2017, and all the great players in today’s game will be on hand in search of hoisting the Claret Jug.
The British Open Championship takes place in the United Kingdom and is the only major championship not played on American soil. It is also referred to as The Open Championship. It is also the oldest of the four major championships, dating back to 1860.
Royal Birkdale is a beast. In 2008, Paddy Harrington shot 3-over par and won by four strokes over Ian Poulter. In 1998, Mark O’Meara shot even par and picked up the Claret Jug. The wind is a key factor in any Open Championship venue, but especially at Royal Birkdale where the wind always blows.
Past champions include all the greats in the game. Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and more recently Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy.
The third major of the year has arrived and all the top players on the planet are in England for the 2017 Open Championship. The Claret Jug is up for grabs and multiple players have a chance to get their hands on the famous trophy.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the betting favorite and is joined by Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth as the headliners this week in England. Continue...
At the end of 72 holes, if golfers are tied, players play a four-hole playoff beginning with the 1st hole, then the 16th through 18th. If still tied, the players repeat the 18th hole until a champion emerges.
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The British Open Championship takes place in the United Kingdom and is the only major championship that is not played on U.S. Soil. It is also referred to as the Open Championship.
The British Open is the eldest of the Four Major Golf Tournaments and is the third one played during the calendar year. The US Masters takes place in April, the US Open in June and the PGA Championship takes place in August.
Some of the most notable winners of the British Open include Bobby Jones - the last amateur to win, Harry Vardon, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and two time Champion Padraig Harrington will be trying to take home the Claret Jug once again.
The British Open is the oldest of the four major championships in men's golf. Each year the event is hosted by one of several prestigious golf clubs in Britain; however, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) administers The Open regardless of its site.
It is always played on a links course.The British Open Championship is played in July and is the third major to take place each year, after The Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open, but before the PGA Championship.
It has been an official event on the PGA TOUR since 1995, which means that the prize money won in the Open by PGA Tour members is included on the official money list.
In addition, all Open Championships before that date have been retrospectively classified as PGA Tour wins and the list of leading winners on the PGA Tour has been adjusted to reflect this.
When the Championship began, the winner was presented with the Challenge Belt, now the Claret Jug or the proper name, The Golf Champion Trophy, is presented to each year's winner of The Open Championship.
The trophy awarded to the winner of The Open Championship is officially known as the Championship Cup, but it is much more commonly called the "Claret Jug" because, well, it's a claret jug.
Claret is a dry red wine produced in the famous French winemaking region of Bordeaux. The British Open trophy was made in the style of silver jugs used to serve claret at 19th Century gatherings.
But the winner of The Open Championship hasn't always received the Claret Jug as the trophy. The first handful of winners were awarded a belt. That's right, a belt. Or "Challenge Belt," as it was designated at the time.
The first Open Championship was played in 1860 at Prestwick (now called Royal Prestwick, it's in Troon, Scotland, just down the road from Royal Troon), and that year also marked the first awarding of the belt.
The belt was made of a wide, red Morocco leather and was adorned with silver buckles and emblems.
1873 winner - Tom Kidd - was the first to be awarded the Claret Jug.
That original Claret Jug from 1873 has permanently resided at the R&A since 1927. The trophy that is presented to the British Open winner each year is a copy of the original, which the winner gets to keep for a year before returning it to the R&A to be passed on to the next champion.
147th Open Championship
When: July 19-22, 2018
Course: Carnoustie Golf Links
Henrik Stenson carded a joint record eight-under-par 63 to win The Open by three shots after an enthralling final-round tussle with Phil Mickelson.
The Swede, 40, birdied four of his final five holes to win his first major with an Open Championship record score of 20 under par at Royal Troon.
Mickelson, 46, had an eagle and four birdies in a 65, while fellow American JB Holmes (69) was third on six under.
Rory McIlroy (67) and England's Tyrrell Hatton (68) tied fifth on four under.
They finished on the same mark as Spain's Sergio Garcia (69), and one behind American Steve Stricker (69).
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