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All set for an unpredictable, drama-filled British open 2021

  • July 14, 2021
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The 149th British Open teed off today at the par 70 Royal St George’s golf course in Kent bringing together the world’s top 156 players. It is one of the four majors on the international golf calendar. US Open champion Jon Rahm is heavily tipped to win, a feat that would see him become just the fifth golfer since World War II to hold both titles in the same year. Here are some interesting stats to look out for over the next four days.

Prize Money

This year’s tournament has the highest prize money in the history of the British OpenThe total purse has been increased by $750,000 to a total of $11.5 million. The winner will take home $2.07 million.

The Course

The Open Championship is always played on links courses. These are courses that are built along a coast, with no tree cover and have natural uneven terrain. The 2021 Open Championship will be held at the Royal St George’s golf course in Sandwich, Kent.  Famed for its spectacular undulations, several holes at Royal St George’s rank among the toughest at any Open venue. When the open championship was last held at the Royal St George 10 years ago, only four players finished the week under par.  32,000 fans will be allowed at the tournament.

History

The Open is golf’s oldest major. The first Open Championship was played in 1860 contested by a field of eight professionals. It was a 36 hole event played over three rounds on a 12-hole course in one day. The current 72-hole format was introduced in 1892 while the cut system, reduction of the field after the first two rounds, was introduced in 1898.  The Open became part of the PGA Tour’s official schedule in 1995.

Jon Rahm: US Open champion and world no.2

Tournament records

If Jon Rahm wins this week, he will become just the fifth golfer since World War II to win both the U.S. Open and Open Championship in the same year.

No player has won the Open championship back to back in 13 years. The most recent back to back victories were posted by Padraig Harrington 2007/08 and Tiger Woods 2005/06. Shane Lowry is the defending champion having won the event in 2019 by a margin of six shots.

South African Gary Player, who won the title in 1959, 1968, and 1974, holds the record for the most appearances in the Open, with 46.

Henrik Stenson holds the lowest final score record having shot −20 (68-65-68-63, 264) in 2016.

The greatest victory margin stands at 13 strokes achieved in 1862 by Old Tom Morris.


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