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Things not everyone knows about the oldest golf tournament in history

The Open Championship The “Open Championship” also known as The Open or British Open is the oldest tournament of professional golf. Since when has this tournament been special? Let’s find out in this article!

History of The Open Championship

The first Open Championship took place on October 17, 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club, Scotland, United Kingdom. The tournament is always held in the UK and is the only major outside the US.

The tournament is organized in the form of a links course, which is also a unique feature of this tournament. The yard adjacent to the beach along with severe weather conditions often presents many challenges for golfers.

The first tournament attracted eight professional golfers. The tournament takes place in three rounds of Prestwick’s 12-hole golf course in a single day.

Initially, the prize for the champion of the tournament was Challenge Belt, a belt made of leather with silver buckle.

  1. Competition format

The Open is a 72-hole stroke-play golf tournament that takes place in four days, from Thursday to Sunday. Since 1979 the tournament takes place on the 6th and 3rd of July.

Currently, the tournament has 156 golfers participating, mainly the world’s top professional golfers along with the champions of amateur tournaments. The remaining slots are given to golfers, both amateur and professional, who have a good record of qualifying.

After 36 holes, the organizers will eliminate the golfer so that only 70 leading (including those equal to the achievements of the last in the group) will play the remaining 36 holes at the weekend.

If after 72 holes there is no identification of the champion, the golfer will enter the 4-hole playoff series to calculate the total achievement. In case of a tie, golfers enter the series directly until they find the champion.

 3. Things to know when you come to The Open

Thousands of seats for free

In the golf course, there are thousands of free seats arranged for the audience including green hole 18 and the training ground for the audience to use and enjoy golf. In addition, there are many electronic tables on the field to continuously update the live score.

In addition, the area reserved for spectators also serves food, play areas for children and large screens so the audience does not miss any moment of the competition.

Free tickets for children

This policy aims to inspire golf for successive generations. So The Open allows children to enter the yard for free, helping the whole family can enjoy memorable moments together.

Full service

There are a food and drink area around the golf course with local, healthy foods that give the audience a variety of options.

Here, audiences can also buy The Open’s souvenirs at the stalls. These items will be refunded VAT at the airport.

Interesting things about the oldest golf tournament in the world

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

Par: 36-35-71

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.