The Open Championship, often referred to as the British Open, is the oldest
of the four major championships in professional golf. It is the only "major"
held outside the USA and is administered by The R&A, which is the governing body
of golf outside the USA and Mexico.
The Open is played on the weekend of the third Friday in July. It is the third major to take place each year, following The Masters and the U.S. Open, but preceeding the PGA Championship.
The British Open prize fund will reach this year five million pounds for the first time in history.
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The Open Championship was first played on 17 October 1860 at Prestwick Golf
Club, in Ayrshire, Scotland. The inaugural tournament was restricted to
professionals, and attracted a field of eight Scottish golfers, who played three
rounds of Prestwick`s twelve-hole course in a single day.
Oldest winner: Old Tom Morris (46 years, 99 days), 1867.
Youngest winner: Young Tom Morris (17 years, 181 days), 1868.
Most victories: 6, Harry Vardon (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914).
Most consecutive victories: 4, Young Tom Morris (1868, 1869, 1870, 1872 - there was no championship in 1871).
Lowest absolute 72-hole score: 267, Greg Norman (66-68-69-64), 1993.
Lowest 72-hole score in relation to par: –19, Tiger Woods (67-66-67-69, 269), 2000 (a record for all major championships). Norman`s 1993 score was −13. Par at Royal St George`s, the site of the 1993 Open, was 70, as opposed to the par 72 of The Old Course at St Andrews, the 2000 site. The to-par record broken by Woods was not held by Norman, but by Nick Faldo, who shot −18 at The Old Course in 1990.
Greatest victory margin: 13 strokes, Old Tom Morris, 1862. This remained a record for all majors until 2000, when Woods won the U.S. Open by 15 strokes at Pebble Beach. However, Old Tom`s 13-stroke margin was achieved over just 36 holes.
Lowest 18-hole score: 63 – Mark Hayes, 2nd round, 1977; Isao Aoki, 3rd, 1980; Greg Norman, 2nd, 1986; Paul Broadhurst, 3rd, 1990; Jodie Mudd, 4th, 1991; Nick Faldo, 2nd, 1993; Payne Stewart, 4th, 1993; Rory McIlroy, 1st, 2010.
Lowest 18-hole score in relation to par: -9, Paul Broadhurst, 3rd, 1990; Rory McIlroy, 1st, 2010.
|2010||St Andrews||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||£850,000|
|2009||Turnberry||Stewart Cink||United States||£750,000|
|2008||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Padraig Harrington||Republic of Ireland||£750,000|
|2007||Carnoustie Golf Links||Padraig Harrington||Republic of Ireland||£750,000|
|2006||Royal Liverpool Golf Club||Tiger Woods||United States||£720,000|
|2005||St Andrews||Tiger Woods||United States||£720,000|
|2004||Royal Troon Golf Club||Todd Hamilton||United States||£720,000|
|2003||Royal St George`s Golf Club||Ben Curtis||United States||£700,000|
|2002||Muirfield||Ernie Els||South Africa||£700,000|
|2001||Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club||David Duval||United States||£600,000|
|2000||St Andrews||Tiger Woods||United States||£500,000|
|Rory McIlroy||7.03||Betdaq||This year`s US Open winner has the first to win this tournament according to the bookmakers. It was a surprise to see him win the US Open, but he played great golf and he deserved the win. If he can keep his form up, he can win this tournament too.|
|Lee Westwood||12.00||Centrebet||He was second last year in the Open Championship and only third this year in US Open, He surely wants to win the tournament this year, but it McIlroy will be a tough nut to crack.|
|Luke Donald||17.58||Betdaq||He is in great form this year, managing to get in top of all the tournaments he played. If he can get on top in this tournament, well, that`s another question to be asked. With a bit of luck, he can get into top 3.|
|Martin Kaymer||23.00||Centrebet||He was the No. 1 ranked player in the world two months this year from February till April, and that says a lot. He is capable of great games and it will not be such a great surprise to see him win.|
|Sergio Garcia||29.45||Betdaq||After almost 1 year of break, Sergio Garcia returned to competitive play in late 2010. He played at this year`s edition of the US Open, but without notable result. He needs a miracle to get into the top 3 of the Open Championship Tournament.|
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