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Interesting things about the oldest golf tournament in the world (Part 1)

The Open Championship is also known as The Open or British Open is the oldest tournament of professional golf. When is this tournament and what’s special? Let’s find out with Golf Group in this article!

The history of The Open Championship

The first Open Championship took place on October 17, 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club, Scotland, UK. The tournament is held in the form of a link cour se, which is also a unique feature of this tournament. The yards adjacent to the coast, coupled with extreme weather conditions, often present many challenges for golfers.

In the history of golf, the first tournament attracted eight professional golfers. Initially, the prize went to the champion of the tournament was the Challenge Belt, a leather belt with silver buckle. Countries with high performance at The Open can be mentioned as America with 44 championships; Then comes Scottland with 41 times and is third in England with 22 times.

In the history of golf, the first tournament attracted eight professional golfers

Mode of competition

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

Currently, the tournament has 156 golfers participating, mainly the top professional golfers in the world along with the champions of the amateur tournaments. The remaining spots are awarded to golfers, both amateur and professional, with good performance in the qualifiers.

After 36 holes, the organizers will remove the golfer so that only the top 70 (including those who are equal to the last in the next group) will play the remaining 36 holes on the weekend. If after 72 holes the champions cannot be identified, golfers will enter the 4-hole playoff series to calculate the total score. In the case of a tie, the golfers enter the live competition until they find the champion.

Trophies and medals in The Open history

In 1870, golfer Young Tom Morris was awarded the permanent belt for winning three consecutive years. In 1872 Young Tom Morris first champion was engraved on the trophy. From the tournament in 1872 the champion was awarded a gold medal before Claret Jug was born.

In 1949 his medal was awarded to an amateur golfer. In 1872 bronze medals were awarded to all the professional golfers who  attended the final round.