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Little-known facts about the oldest golf tournament in history (Part 2)

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From 1860 to 1870 it was held at the Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. The Open was held in Scotland, northwest England, and southeast England with the same stadium in Northern Ireland.

In the current system of The Open, there are 10 courts: 5 Scotland, 4 England, and 1 Northern Ireland. Recently, Old Couse held Open every 5 years and the rest of the golf courses open more or less every 10 years.

In 2014, The R&A announced that Royal Portrush would return in October 2015 and that Portrush would be the host of The Open 2019.

Major milestones at The Open Championship

On 17/10/1860 the first match took place at Prestwick Golf Club – Scotland with 8 golfers competing in 3 rounds of 12 holes in a single day.

In 1971, the tournament was canceled due to the lack of prizes.

In 1892 the tournament increased from 36 holes to 72 holes or 4 rounds of 18 holes.

From 1890 – 1930, The Open was dominated by professional athletes, with only 6 amateurs taking the throne during this period.

In 1946 The Open welcomed the first American champion in post-World War II.

The champion of this tournament in 1947 was Fred Daly of Northern Ireland.

In 1948 – 1958 The Open was dominated by Commonwealth golfers, with golfers from Australia and South Africa winning eight championships.

1953 The Open held a competition at the American Carnoustie golfer won the championship that year.

1960 The start of the “Big Three” era in professional golf.

In 1966, 1970, and 1978, Golfer Nicklaus finished second seven times and had 16 top five at The Open.

Golfer John Daly won the championship in 1995.

In 2000 – 2005 Tiger Woods won 3 championships.

2006 Golfer Hoylake who holds the championship The Open

The 2007 – 2008 year

In 2013 golfer Phil Mickelson won the Open Championship for the first time at Muirfield.

In 2015 the match took place at Old Course at St Andrew’s golfer Zach Johnson won by the payoff

The 2018 Open Championship is the 147th tournament to be held at the Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. This is the 8th time that the Open Championship tournament has been played at Carnousetie.

In 2019 for the first time since 1951, The Open took place at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. The Open Championship is considered to be among the six most prestigious tournaments in the world.

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Little-known facts about the oldest golf tournament in history (Part 1)

The British Open is the oldest name on the list of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. The first golf tournament took place on October 17, 1960, in Scotland, UK. Since its inception, this golf tournament has been held alternately on the Scottish, Northern Ireland, and British courts.

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The Open is a 72-hole stroke play over four days from Thursday to Sunday. After 36 holes, the organizers will eliminate players so that only 70 people are leading. If 72 holes can not found the owner of the championship cup, it will proceed to the play-off round. If a draw continues, a live play will be played until a winner.

The world’s top professional golfers champions from amateur leagues or excellent results from the new qualifiers qualify to compete in this prestigious tournament.

The Open Championship is also known as The Open and British Open. This is the oldest tournament among the four Major tournaments of the professional golfer world, held for the first time in the UK and the only major tournament outside the United States.

The tournament took place first October 17, 1860, at Prestwick Golf Club with 8 professional golfers competing in 3 rounds of the 12-hole golf course in a single day.

Features of The Open Championship

The tournaments are held at the golf courses adjacent to the coast (Link courses) and these courses often present many challenges for golfers due to the extreme weather conditions.

Trophies and medals in The Open history

1860 – 1870 Challenge Belt was awarded to the champion.

In 1872 Young Tom Morris’s 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 1872 bronze medals were awarded to all the professional golfers who attended the final round.

Mode of competition

The Open is a 72 hole stroke play golf tournament. It takes place over 4 days from Thursday to Sunday (Since 1979 the tournament took place on Friday and Tuesday of July). In the rounds after hole 36, only 70 leading golfer achievements remained.

If after 72 holes the champions have not been determined, golfers will enter the 4-hole playoff series to calculate the total performance if they still draw the golfers entering the live series until the champions are found.

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Interesting things about the oldest golf tournament in the world

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.

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How Ballesteros paved the way for European golf at the Masters (Part 2)

On April 10, 1980, Ballesteros took part and scored an impressive score of 66 sticks. He then played 69 strokes to monopolize the top of the board after 36 holes with a four-stroke lead. By the end of the penultimate round, the advantage increased to eight strokes over Jack Newton in second place.

The next day, Ballesteros again accelerated with foreplay including three birdies and two pars. When standing on tee tee par 4, he took 10 strokes. But the golf course never went smoothly. Ballesteros took three putt to finish the first pit of the second half.

In hole 12, par3 at the corner of Amen nightmares, Ballesteros inevitably traps the temptation to attack the flag and hit the ball into the Rae creek. Hole 13, he fell into the same situation. At that moment, the eyes of the Spanish golfer flashed with fear.

Player’s words calmed Ballesteros. A par score in hole 14 and a birdie in hole 15 put him back on the upper hand. Then he headed straight up to the coronation platform with par points through the last three holes. Ballesteros finished at -13, with a four-goal difference. Newton shared second with Gibby Gilbert.

After the second time wearing the Green Jacket in 1983, Ballesteros had two other attempts at the Masters in the following years. The first time was in 1986, when Jack Nicklaus won the 6th Masters at age 46 and was the last time in his career.

Ballesteros inspires later European compatriots to conquer Masters

At The Open Championship, Ballesteros won the Clarret Jug twice, in 1984 and 1988. When the men’s golf world rankings (OGWR) came out in 1986, Ballesteros held the number one spot for 61 weeks.

On the Ryder Cup front with the United States, he and his compatriot Olazabal are considered the perfect match by the record of the number of appearances, wins and points achieved over time. The duo fought 15 games, won 11 matches and brought a total of 12 points for the European team.

In 1999, Ballesteros was named to the World Golf Legendary Temple. He suffered from brain cancer and died at the age of 54 on May 21, 2011, leaving a legacy of a record 50 European Tour Cups, nine PGA Tour titles and five major crowns. But above all was the winning faith for Europeans in the American major arena that he had grouped up at the 1980 Masters.