The Open Returns to Portrush after 68 Years

The Open starts in Portrush - Speedy Reg
The Open starts in Portrush – Speedy Reg

The Open is the world’s longest standing golf championship, and this year it returns to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Every year a UK course is chosen to hold the championship and the last time The Open was held in Portrush was 68 years ago in 1951. It was Englishman Max Faulkner who won that year. Who will be the ultimate champion to raise the trophy this year? With so many big names participating, it’s going to be exciting viewing.

The championship will be held from July 18th to July 21st. The course has a length of 7,344 yards (6,709m) and a par of 72. This historic course was designed by Harry Colt and was established in 1888.

A long history

The first ever Open was held back in 1860 when eight professional golfers competed at Prestwick, Scotland. The winner received a red leather belt worth £25. Things have changed quite a bit since then with 156 golfers in the competition and the winner taking home over a million pounds.

From a belt to a trophy

The coveted red leather belt was passed from winner to winner until Young Tom Morris won three years in a row. This gave him the honour of owning the belt permanently. So it was after this, in 1872 when the famous Claret Jug trophy was created.

The Open The Facts….

  • The oldest ever winner was Tom Morris aged 46 in 1867.
  • A year later, the son of Tom Morris, also called Tom Morris won the championship aged 17.
  • The longest gap between 2 championship wins is 19 years. J.H, Taylor won in 1894 and 1913.
  • Ben Curtis was ranked no. 396 in the world when he surprised everyone by winning The Open in 2003.
  • The first winner from outside of the UK was Arnaud Massy from France who won in 1907.

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