In 2019 the Open Championship will become the final golf major of the year with the PGA Championship moving to May.
Brief history of the Open Championship
The Open Championship is the oldest major in golf with the inaugural tournament taking place in 1860 at Prestwick, where the first 12 tournaments were played.
The winner is presented with the famous Claret Jug and gets to keep the trophy until the next Open Championship. The winner is also referred to as the ‘Champion Golfer of the Year’.
Did you know…
Tom Morris is the youngest golfer to win the Open at 17 years old in 1868, whilst Old Tom Morris is the oldest to win in 1867 at 46 years old.
Greg Norman has the record for the lowest 72-hole score of 267, after rounds of 66-68-69-64 in 1993 at Royal St George’s.
Gary Player has made the most appearances to Open championships making the trip 47 times, his first win coming in 1959.
Where is the 2019 Open Championship?
The 2019 Open Championship will take place at Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951, which is the only time the courses has hosted the Open.
Max Faulkner was the winner that year but the course will have a different look to it this time around. The 17th and 18th of the current links are to be replaced with two new holes on different land and they will become the 7th and 8th.
This means that the 7th to 16th will play as the back nine and the old 17th and 18th will be used as the tented village for the tournament.
When is the 2019 Open Championship?
The 148th edition of The Open will played between Thursday 18 July and Sunday 21 July 2019 at Royal Portrush Golf Club.
It is the first time that the championship has visited Royal Portrush since 1951, Max Faulkner lifted the Claret Jug on that occasion.
Who is the current Champion Golfer of the Year?
Franseco Molinari is the current Champion Golfer of the Year after his two-shot victory at Carnoustie in 2018.
The Italian didn’t record a single bogey over the weekend as he showed tremendous composure to lift his maiden major title on one of golf’s toughest courses.