The British Open golf tournament is one of the most significant sporting events on the global calendar. The oldest of the four major championships in professional golf, and the only one held outside of the United States. This year it commences on July 20 at Royal Birkdale, a venue as elite as the sport itself, a course established in 1889 near Southport, in the northwest of England, 30 kilometers from Liverpool. Golf fans have long gravitated towards the British Open, which dates back to 1860 and 2017 shall host the 10th one.
The course trumpets itself to be “the home of golfing royalty” and is one of Britain’s best-known links-style courses. Though the course is part of the less popular England swing, it managed to birth some world-class moments in the history of the sport. Ordinarily, links courses are close to the sea, with few trees and sandy dunes that can trouble the best of golfers. Owing to the testing winds, the course is not for the faint-hearted, hence invites an outrageous level of competitiveness amongst the players.
With the prize money being $10,250,000 and the winner’s share being $1,845,000, it’s either go big or go home for each of the 156 players playing the field. Success at The Open can set up a golfer for the rest of their career. Golf is at an interesting stage, as it’s no longer an era where one player such as Tiger Woods dominates the sport. Today, there are several golfers at that level – Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and others who are jostling for the top spot.
The field at Open Championships is filled partially through regional and final qualifying tournaments, and partially through exemptions from qualifying granted to tour pros that meet any of approximately 30 criteria established by the R&A.
Despite missing the cut in the US Open, Dustin Johnson still stands as the favourite in the British Open odds at 15.630*. In fact, DJ, McIlroy (15.100*) and Day (31.250*) all failed to make it to the weekend at the US Open, making it the first time since the advent of the Official World Golf Rankings that the top three players had missed the cut in the same major.
Pitch and putt your way around this section on the 1Sports website to be updated about the same. 1sports will telecast the championship live from Birkdale.