When: July 19-22, 2018
Where: Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus, Scotland
Format: Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Jordan Spieth
TV Coverage: GOLF Channel and NBC
The Open Championship or British Open is the oldest of the four major championships. It dates back to 1860 and is the third leg of the four majors. The 147th edition gets underway July 19-22, 2018 and will be held at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland.
Last year Jordan Spieth survived a topsy-turvy final round to edge Matt Kuchar by three strokes. Spieth held the 54-hole lead but let is slip away around the turn but kept his composure and reeled off three closing birdies to claim the title.It was Spieth’s first Open Championship win and third major overall.
Carnoustie Golf Links will host this years Open Championship and previously has done so seven other times, the last, in 2007 that saw Padraig Harrington win. The layout is arguably one of the tougher tests in the world. The course played to over 7,400 yards in 2007 and may play even longer this year.
Tom Watson is the king of links style golf winning the Open five times. The list of past champions is impressive, as it should be. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have all won the coveted Claret Jug.
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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.
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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