The British Open golf tournament – also known as The Open Championship – is the third of the four major men’s golf championships running in July each year across the UK, usually in England or Scotland.
It is the first of the golf majors contested outside of America following the US Masters Tournament and the US Open of golf earlier in the year, and is succeeded by the PGA Championship in August back in the USA.
The Open Championship is also the oldest professional golf tournament and carries plenty of history and tradition including customarily being played on a links-style course. The British Open venues then are traditionally on the coast, feature plenty of flat ground and windy conditions that affect the course conditions instead of the green being doctored.
Betting on the British Open of golf is available as soon as the majors kick off with players that perform well in the US lead-ups often sitting near the top of The Open Championship odds.
Qualifying tournaments to make the British Open field are held on all continents in the lead-up to the championship that sees the winner’s name engraved on the base of the iconic Claret Jug.
BRITISH OPEN 2018
- British Open Golf Dates: 19-22 July, 2018 (UK)
- Location: Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course, Angus, Scotland
- Edition: 147th
- Organised By: The R&A
- Field: 156
- Pre Tournament Favourite: Jordan Spieth ($11)
The Open Championship of golf is set to commence in late July with Scotland hosting the 147th edition of the time-honoured tournament at Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course. The 2018 British Open will be the eighth time the Open Championship takes place at the venue and the first since 2007.
The total yards will be 7,421 and the competition is a 71-par event. There will be a total of 11 The Open Qualifying Series events, which started with the Emirates Australian Open in November of 2017 where Jonas Blixt, Cameron Davis and Matt Jones all qualified for the British Open field.
Some of the past British Open champions expected in the 2018 The Open Championship field include the defending champ Jrodan Spieth (2017), Swedish player Henrik Stenson (2016) and Rory McIllroy (2014) from Northern Ireland.
THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
- Venue: Various locations across the United Kingdom
- Date: July
- Inauguration: 1860
- Par: 71 (in 2018)
- Length: 7,421 yards (6,589m) in 2018
- Format: Stroke Play
- Tours: European Tour, PGA Tour, Japan Golf Tour
- Prize Money: US $10.25 million (in 2017)
- Current British Open Champion: Jordan Spieth (2017)
The Open Championship, also referred to as the British Open or simply The Open, dates back until 1860 making it the oldest of the four golfing majors. Traditionally the event is a 72-hole stroke play tournament that takes place across four days of play. The world’s best professional golfers make-up the British Open field that consists of 165 players.
The British Open has been played from Thursday – Sunday since 1980 and the last major The Open Championship rule change occurred in 1996 when the “10-shot rule” was dropped.
Among the 28 current exemption categories to make The Open Championship field are: the Top 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking, Top 30 players from the past season’s European Tour Race to Dubai, all previous The Open Championship winners aged 60 or under and the Top 10 players from the previous year’s British Open results.
PAST BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONS
Below is a table of the past winners of The Open dating back to the year 2000 to current. The USA’s Jordan Spieth is the current champion as he broke record for the youngest player ever to win 3 majors.
|Year||Country||Champion||Course||Location||Total score||To par|
|2000||United States||Tiger Woods||St Andrews||St Andrews, Scotland||269||−19|
|2001||United States||David Duval||Royal Lytham & St Annes||Lytham St Annes, England||274||−10|
|2002||South Africa||Ernie Els Tournament won in a playoff[y]||Muirfield||Gullane, Scotland||278||−6|
|2003||United States||Ben Curtis||Royal St George’s||Sandwich, England||283||−1|
|2004||United States||Todd Hamilton Tournament won in a playoff[z]||Royal Troon||Troon, Scotland||274||−10|
|2005||United States||Tiger Woods||St Andrews||St Andrews, Scotland||274||−14|
|2006||United States||Tiger Woods||Royal Liverpool||Hoylake, England||270||−18|
|2007||Ireland||Pádraig Harrington Tournament won in a playoff[aa]||Carnoustie||Carnoustie, Scotland||277||−7|
|2008||Ireland||Pádraig Harrington||Royal Birkdale||Southport, England||283||+3|
|2009||United States||Stewart Cink Tournament won in a playoff[bb]||Turnberry||South Ayrshire, Scotland||278||−2|
|2010||South Africa||Louis Oosthuizen||St Andrews||St Andrews, Scotland||272||−16|
|2011||Northern Ireland||Darren Clarke||Royal St George’s||Sandwich, England||275||−5|
|2012||South Africa||Ernie Els||Royal Lytham & St Annes||Lytham St Annes, England||273||−7|
|2013||United States||Phil Mickelson||Muirfield||Gullane, Scotland||281||−3|
|2014||Northern Ireland||Rory McIlroy||Royal Liverpool||Hoylake, England||271||−17|
|2015||United States||Zach Johnson Tournament won in a playoff[cc]||St Andrews||St Andrews, Scotland||273||−15|
|2016||Sweden||Henrik Stenson||Royal Troon||Troon, Scotland||264||−20|
|2017||United States||Jordan Spieth||Royal Birkdale||Southport, England||268||−12|
|2018||Italy||Francesco Molinari||Carnoustie Golf Links||Angus, Scotland||276||-8|