Considered the oldest golf tournament in the world, the British Open will take place from 18 to 21 of July in Muirfield, Scotland.
This is the 142nd year, the British Open takes place and is one of the 4 major awards of the year, besides The Masters and the US Open that started earlier and finally the PGA Championship.
Here are some features of the British Open.
Yard length: 7,192 yards
Number of golfers participating: 156 (149 professional, 7 amateur).
Total prize money: £ 5.25 million (about 7.82 million USD).
Prize money for the golfer: 954,000 pounds (about 1.4 million USD).
2012: Ernie Els passed 6 separate strokes in the final round to achieve a 2-stroke score and win the championship. Of course, Els’ success was also helped by Adam Scott when the Australian golfer lost the advantage of leading four strokes in the last four holes. While Els made a birdie at a distance of 15m in the last hole, Scott closed the third round with 4 bogeys. Els became the sixth golfer to win both the British Open and US Open several times. Others have Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods.
Golf course: Muirfield is a private golf course near the sea, located in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. This is one of the rotating pitches used for the Open Championship, of which the most recent was in 2002 when Els was the champion.
The Story of Tiger Woods: Tiger Woods has now spent 5 years since the last time he won a major.
House of Legends: Every British Open champion in Muirfield after World War II is named to the House of Legends.
Memorable Facts: The British Open is the only major tournament without a champion in the top 10 in the world for more than 5 years.
Best quote: “For some reason, the greatest golfer usually plays very well there.” – Lee Trevino talked about Muirfield.