The British Open Championship is one of the most anticipated golf events of the year. The 2019 British Open returned to Portrush, Northern Ireland after a 68-year break. The world’s greatest golf players, including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, and Tommy Fleetwood are competing for the winner’s title at the oldest golf tournament in the world.
The first Open championship was played in 1860 in Prestwick, Scotland, and it was a one day 36-hole competition. Willie Park Sr. was the first Open champion, with a score of 174 points.
Today, Open is a 72-hole and four round competition. The cut is done after 36 holes.
The first Open in Portrush since 1951
The very first time that the Open had been held outside of Scotland or England was back in 1951 for the 80th Open, and it was Portrush, Northern Ireland that hosted that event. Therefore, the 2019 British Open’s return has already been called ‘historical’ by many golf fans around the world. Max Faulkner became the first winner of the British Open held in Northern Ireland, and the only one to win it in Portrush. Yet, the title he earned is about to be taken by someone new.
The 148th Open: Royal Portrush
The 2019 British Open is one of the most diverse ones in the history of golf. It hosts 156 players from 29 countries. The US is the homeland to 52 players, which is the country with the largest amount of golfers at the tournament, followed by England with 25 players and South Africa with 11.
The media’s main question is wether Tiger Woods will be able to show his best game this tournament, and wether Francesco Molinari will be able to repeat his A game, after becoming the first Italian golfer to win the Open last year. And winning for the second time isn’t easy. Only 16 men have repeated as the British Open champion so far. Will he be the 17th?- Advertisement -
How much will the winners get?
The overall purse of the tournament is around $10.75 mil and the first-place payout is $1.935 mil.
Overall, it looks like this:
Day 1 (Thursday) Highlights
JB Holmes tops the leaderboard by one stroke after a round of 66. After a day one, Holmes has a one-stroke advantage over Shane Lowry.
Naturally, all eyes of the locals are at Graeme McDowell, a Portrush native. The golfer started well at home, yet dropped five strokes over the final four holes.
The Leaderboard after Day 1 looks the following:
Day 2 (Friday) Highlights
After his first round 70, Australian golfer Cameron Smith has lived up to the expectations. Five-under-par 66 that Smith was able to scorch left him second to the American leader JB Holmes.
While Tiger Woods, who is being watched closely by the media didn’t do any better then a day before, his opponent, Rory McIlroy produced a round of six-under-par 65, giving himself a chance to stand out.
Day 3 (Saturday) Highlights
Shane Lowry is an absolute star of the third day of the Open. A four-stroke lead into the final round of play and a single-round record of 8-under is what makes everyone talk about Lowry.
Tommy Fleetwood shoots a 66, and yet it puts him 4 shots behind the lead. JB Holmes was far from his best playing yet he still managed to shoot 69, which puts his right behind Fleetwood in an overall count.The Top 5, after day 3 look like this:
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