By Chris Kral
Known as the oldest golf tournament in the world, the 143rd British Open is currently underway. A winner will be awarded the trophy on Sunday, July 20th.
Here’s 7 facts about the British Open:
1. The Open ChampionshipTechnically, the tournament is called The Open Championship. Since we have a U.S. Open, Americans call it the British Open to differentiate between the two.
2. The Claret JugThe Golf Champion Trophy (Claret Jug) is awarded to the winner of the British Open.
3. Royal Liverpool Golf CourseThis year, the British Open takes place at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course located in England. There are only 9 links courses within Scotland and England currently used as a host to the British Open.
4. Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. AndrewsOne of the oldest golf clubs in the world, The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) plans the British Open. This is the ruling body of all tournaments outside the U.S. and Mexico. The R&A is regarded as the ‘Home of Golf’.
5. Youngest WinnerThe 17-year-old ‘Young’ Tom Morris won the British Open in 1868.
6. Oldest WinnerThe 46-year-old ‘Old’ Tom Morris, ‘Young’ Tom Morris’ father, won the British Open in 1867. ‘Old’ Tom and his son ‘Young’ Tom became the only father and son to hold successive British Open titles.
7. Gary Player
Gary Player is the only golfer to win the British Open in three different decades: 1959, 1968, 1974. He has also made the most appearances at the British Open with 46.
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