The greatest spectacle in professional golf is upon us again, the one they all really want to win; The Open Championship. It’s the oldest of the major championships and the only one that takes place outside of the United States and has always been held in the United Kingdom. There will be a plethora of pro’s chancing their arm at the tournament, trying to defy the Open betting odds to come out on top, to give you a leg up on the bookies we’ve had a look into the history of this prestigious event.
It all began at Scotland’s Prestwick Golf Club in 1860, contested by a field of 8 professional golfers. They played three rounds of the twelve-hole course in a single day and the winning score was notched by Willie Park Sr. In its early days there was no trophy, the winners were awarded with the Challenge Belt. The belt was only used for the first 10 years until Young Tom Morris won it for the third time and was allowed to keep it. In 1873 The Golf Champion Trophy, better known as The Claret Jug, was then created and has been in use ever since.
When it comes to the courses, the common factor between all that are chosen is that they are links courses. It began being played at Prestwick for the first decade before it was moved onto a year-by-year course rotation. Serious overcrowding problems at Prestwick were encountered in 1925 and it was never held there again. There are ten courses on the current rotation, taking 5 from Scotland, four in England and one in Northern Ireland. With the 2018 edition being played at Carnoustie Golf Links, the next in 2019 will be played in Northern Ireland at the Royal Portrush Golf Club, 2020 will be at Royal St George’s Golf Club and the 2021 edition will be at the Old Course at St Andrews.
If, like us, you are really looking forward to this year’s Open, why don’t you test your knowledge of the tournament with our expert Open Quiz below? Be warned it’s not for the amateur golfer and might have you sweating. Having tried it ourselves, anything over a 6/8 is a terrific result.