The Open – The world’s oldest and most prestigious golf tournament returns to Royal St. George’s in July 2020.
Watch the world’s best golfers compete for the Claret Jug from the finest vantage point at ‘The Maiden’ – complete with stunning views of the Kentish coastline.
The 149th Open will be the 15th time the tournament has been hosted in Kent and the first since 2011. That year Darren Clarke held off Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, as well as abject weather conditions, to become Champion Golfer of the Year.
Shane Lowry will be looking to defend his title, after claiming an emotional victory and fulfilling a boyhood dream, at the 148th Open in Portrush.
Since the PGA Championship’s 2019 move to May, The Open is the final major tournament of the year. The tournament traditionally takes place over four days in summer, starting the day before the third Friday in July. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will descend on the Royal St. George’s course in Sandwich to watch what promises to be a thrilling competition.
Founded in 1860, and originally held annually at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland, The Open has since rotated between a select group of coastal links golf courses throughout the United Kingdom, under the auspices of the R&A. Its success was a precursor to other open golf tournaments being held across the globe.
Historically open to both professional and amateur golfers, The Open is a professional tournament in which a small number of the world’s leading amateurs also compete, by invitation or qualification.
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