What is the British Open?
What is the British Open? - 01/08/2017
Founded back in 1860 by some pioneering golfers the Open has been played over some the world's best links courses and has produced some truly great champions.
A links is the oldest style of golf course, first developed in Scotland. The word "links" comes via the Scots language from the Old English word "rising ground, ridge" and refers to an area of coastal sand dunes and sometimes to open parkland.
In terms of age, it is the oldest international championship in all of golf and the Claret Jug first saw the light of day in 1873. It is one of the most recognisable trophies in all of world sport.
All the greats have played it, such as Bobby Jones, Harry Vardon, Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton right through to more recognisable names such as Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus Gary Player and not to mention the great Seve Ballesteros.
in 1860 eight pros got together at Prestwick for a games tournament to find out who would be the gold champion.
So what did the winner win, well not millions like some of today's champions, the winner received the Challenge Belt made from red Moroccan Leather and a cash prize of £25!
The 2017 Open Championship will be held at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England on the 20th-23rd July. The favourites to hold aloft the Claret Jug are Dustin Johnson, Rory Mcilroy and Jordan Speith.
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