Wondering what the format is for a play-off at the Open? NCG has all you need to know
The last time we had a play-off at the Open back in 2015, Zach Johnson was the man who claimed the Claret Jug.
It is yet to be seen if we will have a tie this year and require extra holes, but if we do the question we will need answering is what is the Open play-off format?
What is the Open play-off format?
Thankfully, the format for the play-off that could take place at Royal Portrush is really, really straightforward.
The players that finish in a tie for the lead will head back onto the course to play a three-hole aggregate play-off.
This means that all players involved will play a specific set of three holes over strokeplay and the lowest score will win. The selected holes for Portrush are 1, 13 and 18.
The 148th Open will have a three hole play-off 🏌️♂️ If needed that will be the first of its kind 3️⃣
We will play the 1st, 13th & 18th ⛳️ pic.twitter.com/xnW9lcH9Of
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 5, 2019
If the competitors remain tied and cannot be split after three then we will see the introduction of sudden death until we have a champion.
Previously, the format was a four-hole play-off, but for 2019, the R&A have decided to shorten it.
This is the first time that this has happened and is the first of its kind in the modern game.