150th British Open Championship at St Andrews: Full preview

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It’s the 150th staging of the oldest one of all, the British Open Championship from the Old Course at St. Andrews.

2022 British Open

It’s arguably the most prestigious of the Majors… the tradition, drama and extreme conditions of the Open Championship are beyond doubt. It’s the oldest of the Majors, having started in 1860.

Custom dictates that the tournament is held on a links course, and currently there are 10 courses which are used in rotation. There are five in Scotland (Troon, Muirfield, Turnberry, Carnoustie, St. Andrews), four in England (Hoylake, Birkdale, Lytham and Sandwich) and one in Northern Ireland (Portrush).

The tournament began in a time when international competition was scarce, so it took until 1921 for there to be a winner from outside the UK. Now, from 149 winners we have champions from USA (45), Scotland (41), England (29), South Africa (10), Australia (9), Northern Ireland (3), Spain (3), Ireland (3), plus one each from Argentina, France, New Zealand, Sweden, Zimbabwe & Italy. The leading individual winner is Harry Vardon with six, followed by James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Peter Thomson & Tom Watson with five each.

The tournament is held in the week of the third Friday of July and, like all the other Majors, the Open Championship is a four round, 72-hole stroke play tournament. In the event of a tie, players compete in a 4-hole play-off.

Prizemoney: US$12m ($2.07m to the winner)

Field: 156. The field is drawn from players who qualify due to their world ranking, past successes in Majors, amateur record and progress through local or regional qualifying contests.

Highest ranked players: Scheffler (1), McIlroy (2), Rahm (3), Cantlay (4), Schauffele (5), Smith (6), Thomas (7), Morikawa (8), Hovland (9), Fitzpatrick (10).

2021 result
-15 Collin Morikawa ($36)
-13 Jordan Spieth ($21)
-11 Jon Rahm ($10)
-11 Louis Oosthuizen ($31)
-9 Dylan Frittelli ($226)

Previous winners

2020 Cancelled
2019 Shane Lowry (Fleetwood – Finau – Koepka & Westwood)
2018 Francesco Molinari (Kisner – McIlroy, Rose & Schauffele)
2017 Jordan Spieth (Kuchar – Li – Cabrera-Bello & Garcia)
2016 Henrik Stenson (Mickelson – Holmes – Stricker – Garcia, Hatton & McIlroy)
2015 Zach Johnson (Leishman & Oosthuizen – Day & Spieth)
2014 Rory McIlroy (Fowler & Garcia – Furyk – Leishman & Scott)
2013 Phil Mickelson (Stenson – Poulter, Scott & Westwood)
2012 Ernie Els (Scott – Snedeker & Woods – Donald & McDowell)
2011 Darren Clarke (Mickelson & Johnson – Bjorn – Kim, Fowler & Campbell)

2022 British Open: The Course

We’re at none other than the “home of golf”… or the “Auld Lady”. This week the players return to the Old Course at St. Andrews for the first time since 2015 (and a 30th time overall). This is probably the most famous course in the world – although Augusta is in the argument – where some of the greats of the game have won the Claret Jug, including Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.

The course is renowned for iconic holes such as the 17th (the “Road Hole”) and features all the testing conditions that links golf can serve up… especially if the weather turns against the players. The course itself is a par 72 and plays to 7,305 yards. Littered with bunkers, undulating fairways and huge greens, it is the perfect stage for the 150th staging of this great tournament.

72-Hole Record 264: Henrik Stenson (2016)

18-Hole Record 61: Ross Fisher (2017)

2022 British Open: The Weather

The four-day rain forecast shows a 20%-10%-10%-10% chance of precipitation during the tournament. Temperatures will peak in the low 70s, with partial cloud cover. Wind speeds will be significant (around 15-17mph), but not as bad as had previously been expected.

2021 British Open: The Bets

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