|Dates: 16th-23rd July 2017
Location: Southport, England
Course: Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Length: 7,156 yards (6,543 m)
Prize fund: $10,250,000
The 146th Open Golf Championship will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Southport, England from the 16th-23rd July 2017.
The British Open is the world's oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860 at Prestwick, when eight players challenged for the title links three rounds of the 12-hole course. When the Championship began, the winner was presented with the Challenge Belt, now the Claret Jug or the proper name, The Golf Champion Trophy, is presented to each year's winner of The Open Championship.
British Open trophy called the "Claret Jug"
When the Championship began, the winner was presented with the Challenge Belt, now the Claret Jug or the proper name, The Golf Champion Trophy, is presented to each year's winner of The Open Championship.
The trophy awarded to the winner of The Open Championship is officially known as the Championship Cup, but it is much more commonly called the "Claret Jug" because, well, it's a Claret Jug.
Claret is a dry red wine produced in the famous French winemaking region of Bordeaux. The British Open trophy was made in the style of silver jugs used to serve claret at 19th Century gatherings.
But the winner of The Open Championship hasn't always received the Claret Jug as the trophy. The first handful of winners were awarded a belt. That's right, a belt. Or "Challenge Belt," as it was designated at the time.
The first Open Championship was played in 1860 at Prestwick (now called Royal Prestwick, it's in Troon, Scotland, just down the road from Royal Troon), and that year also marked the first awarding of the belt.
That original Claret Jug from 1873 has permanently resided at the R&A since 1927. The trophy that is presented to the British Open winner each year is a copy of the original, which the winner gets to keep for a year before returning it to the R&A to be passed on to the next champion.
In order to qualify for this tourmanent players have to do it through seveal other events:
|Thursday, July 20|
|1:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Golf Channel|
|Friday, July 21|
|1:30 am - 4 pm on Golf Channel|
|Saturday, July 22|
|4:30 am - 7 am on Golf Channel|
|4:30 pm - 6 pm on NBC|
|Sunday, July 23|
|4 am - 7 am on Golf Channel|
|7 am -2 pm on NBC|
|Year||Country||Champion||Total score||To par|
|United States||Zach Johnson||273||-15|
|Northern Ireland||Rory McIlroy||271||-17|
|United States||Phil Mickelson||281||-3|
|South Africa||Ernie Els||273||-7|
|2020||Royal St George's|
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