The British Open Championship Golf Betting Offers 2018
The oldest of all the four golf majors, The Open Championship, or the British Open as it is commonly referred to, enters its 147th Championship since it was established 157 years ago in 1860. As with all majors The Open is an official event on the European, PGA and Japanese tours. Similar to the US Open it is played at a different venue each year although not on quite as many courses with 10 currently used in rotation.
The 2018 Open is this year played at the Carnoustie Golf Links course in Angus, Scotland where the event was previously hosted in 2007 when Pádraig Harrington won his first of two consecutive titles. This is the longest of all Open venues at 7,421 yards in total.
With no one particularly dominant this year it’s an open field and anyone could win it. On this page you can find all the best pre-tournament deals with latest offers updated throughout the event. Further down you can find information on the course, schedules, key stats and history.
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2018 British Open Schedule
|Sunday 15th July||From 16:00||Practice 1||–|
|Monday 16th July||From 16:00||Practice 2||Sky Sports Golf & Main Event|
|Tuesday 17th July||From 16:00||Practice 2||Sky Sports Golf|
|Wednesday 18th July||From 14:00||Practice 3||Sky Sports Golf & Main Event|
|Thursday 19th July||From 06:30||Round 1||Sky Sports Golf & Main Event|
|Friday 20th July||From 06:30||Round 2||Sky Sports Golf & Main Event|
|Saturday 21st July||From 09:00||Round 3||Sky Sports Golf & Main Event|
|Sunday 22nd July||From 08:00||Round 4||Sky Sports Golf & Main Event|
The British Open Championship Format
As with the US Open the field is made up of 156 players. The majority of these places are taken up by ranked professionals and leading amateur champions. The remainder of the field is made up of amateur and professional qualifiers.
The top 50 ranked players in the world receive automatic entry followed by the top 30 players from the previous seasons European Tour Race to Dubai or PGA Tour FedEx Cup, the majority of these 30 players are however already in the top 50.
In addition to this all previous Open winners below the age of 60 are given a place (if they choose to take it) as well as all winners of any of the three majors in the five years previous. The top ten players from the Open Championship the year before if not already covered are given a place as well as the Amateur Championship and US Amateur winners, so long as they are still amateurs at the start of the tournament.
There are two qualification tiers, international and regional. The international ‘Open Qualifying Series’ in made up of ten events from outside the UK. There are 32 places reserved for the top ranking players from these events who have not qualified for the open through other means. These events include the Australian Open, Thai Golf Championship, South African Open, Japanese Mizuno Open and Swedish Nordea Masters.
Regional qualifying is made up of 13 events across the Britain. The top players from these events then qualify for one of four ‘Final Qualifying’ tournaments at four British courses at the end of June. The top three players from each final qualifying event are then given a place at the open, therefore 12 regional places in total.
Practice rounds are held from Sunday until Wednesday with players able to play up to three full rounds of 18 holes. The Open starts properly on the Thursday with round one and round two on Friday.
Following the first two rounds of 36 holes the cut is made. The leading 70 players (including ties) then progress to the two final rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Ties and Playoffs
If there is a tie at the British Open after 72 holes then a 4 hole aggregate playoff is held. Should the players still be tied after this playoff the game goes to sudden death until a victor is found.
Carnoustie Golf Links 2018
In 2018 the Carnoustie Golf Links will host the Open Championship for the 8th time in its history, it was first hosted at this course in 1931. The last time the event was hosted here in 2007 it was won by Irishman Pádraig Harrington, winning the Open for the first time, he won it again the following year at Royal Troon too.
The course in Angus, Scotland, was founded in 1850, and with golf reportedly played there from the 16th century it is one of the oldest and finest links courses in the country. Well known for the weather from the North sea which can rapidly change conditions in minutes. For the Open the course is 7,421 yards with a par 71, the longest hole is the 6th (Hogan’s Alley) over 578 yards, with a par 5, and the shortest the 13th (Whins), a par 3 176 yard hole.
|2018||Carnoustie Golf Links||Angus, Scotland||19th – 22nd July||2007|
|2019||Royal Portrush Golf Club||County Antrim, Northern Ireland||18th – 21st July||1951|
|2020||Royal St George’s Golf Club||Sandwich, Kent, England||16th – 19th July||2011|
|2021||St Andrews (old course)||St Andrews, Fife, Scotland||15th – 18th July||2015|
Previous Open Championship Venues
|Venue||Location||First Use||Last Use||Times||Lowest Score||Still Used?|
|St Andrews||Scotland||1873||2015||29||269 (−19) (2000)||Y|
|Prestwick Golf Club||Scotland||1860||1925||24||291 (1908)||N|
|Muirfield||Scotland||1892||2013||16||271 (−13) (1980)||Y|
|Royal St George’s||England||1894||2011||14||267 (−13) (1993)||Y|
|Royal Liverpool||England||1897||2014||12||270 (−18) (2006)||Y|
|Royal Lytham & St Annes||Scotland||1926||2012||11||271 (−13) (1996)||Y|
|Royal Birkdale||England||1954||2017||10||268 (−12) (2017)||Y|
|Royal Troon||Scotland||1923||2016||9||264 (−20) (2016)||Y|
|Carnoustie Golf Links||Scotland||1931||2018||8||277 (−7) (2007)||Y|
|Musselburgh Links||Scotland||1874||1889||6||155 (1889)||N|
|Turnberry||Scotland||1977||2009||4||268 (−12) (1977)||Y|
|Royal Cinque Ports||England||1909||1920||2||291 (1909)||N|
|Prince’s Golf Club||England||1932||1932||1||283 (−13) (1932)||N|
|Royal Portrush||Northern Ireland||1951||1951||1||285 (−3) (1951)||Y|
Previous Open Championship Winners
Most Successful Players
|Harry Vardon||Jersey (UK)||6||1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914|
|James Braid||Scotland||5||1901, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1910|
|John Henry Taylor||England||5||1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, 1913|
|Peter Thomson||Australia||5||1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965|
|Tom Watson||USA||5||1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983|
|Tom Morris, Sr||Scotland||4||1861, 1862, 1864, 1867|
|Tom Morris, Jr||Scotland||4||1868, 1869, 1870, 1872|
|Willie Park||Scotland||4||1860, 1863, 1866, 1875|
|Walter Hagen||USA||4||1922, 1924, 1928, 1929|
|Bobby Locke||USA||4||1949, 1950, 1952, 1957|
|Jamie Anderson||Scotland||3||1877, 1878, 1879|
|Bob Ferguson||Scotland||3||1880, 1881, 1882|
|Bobby Jones||USA||3||1926, 1927, 1930|
|Henry Cotton||England||3||1934, 1937, 1948|
|Gary Player||South Africa||3||1959, 1968, 1974|
|Jack Nicklaus||USA||3||1966, 1970, 1978|
|Steve Ballesteros||Spain||3||1979, 1984, 1988|
|Nick Faldo||England||3||1987, 1990, 1992|
|Tiger Woods||USA||3||2000, 2005, 2006|
The table above shows players who have won 3 or more Open Championship titles.
Open Championship Winners Since 2000
|Year||Player||Nationality||Venue||Score (Par)||Prize Money ($)|
|2017||Jordan Spieth||USA||Royal Birkdale||268 (-12)||£1,420,000|
|2016||Henrik Stenson||Sweden||Royal Troon||264 (-20)||£1,175,000|
|2015||Zach Johnson||USA||St Andrews||273 (−15)||£1,150,000|
|2014||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||Royal Liverpool||271 (-17)||£975,000|
|2013||Phil Mickelson||USA||Muirfield||281 (−3)||£945,000|
|2012||Ernie Els||South Africa||Royal Lytham & St Annes||273 (−7)||£900,000|
|2011||Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||Royal St George’s||275 (−5)||£900,000|
|2010||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||St Andrews||272 (−16)||£850,000|
|2009||Stewart Cink||USA||Turnberry||278 (−2)||£750,000|
|2008||Pádraig Harrington||Ireland||Royal Birkdale||283 (+3)||£750,000|
|2007||Pádraig Harrington||Ireland||Carnoustie||277 (−7)||£750,000|
|2006||Tiger Woods||USA||Royal Liverpool||270 (−18)||£720,000|
|2005||Tiger Woods||USA||St Andrews||274 (−14)||£720,000|
|2004||Todd Hamilton||USA||Royal Troon||274 (−10)||£720,000|
|2003||Ben Curtis||USA||Royal St George’s||283 (−1)||£700,000|
|2002||Ernie Els||South Africa||Muirfield||278 (−6)||£700,000|
|2001||David Duval||USA||Royal Lytham & St Annes||274 (−10)||£600,000|
|2000||Tiger Woods||USA||St Andrews||269 (−19)||£500,000|
Stats, Facts and Trivia
|Oldest Winner||Tom Morris Sr||46y 102d||1867|
|Youngest Winner||Tom Morris Jr||17y 156d||1868|
|Consecutive Wins||Tom Morris Jr||4||1868-72 (No Event 1871)|
|Most Runners Up||Jack Nicklaus||7||1964, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979|
|Biggest Victory||Tom Morris Sr||13 strokes||1862|
|Most Under Par||Henrik Stenson||-20||2016|
|Lowest Final Score||Henrik Stenson||264||2016|
|Most Used Venue||Old Course at St Andrews||29||First 1873 Last 2015|
History of The Open Championship
The first ever Open was played in 1860 at Prestwick golf club attracting 8 players to compete on the 12 hole course over a single day. Tom Morris senior was beaten by two strokes by Willie Park and the following year the course opened to amateurs, 8 of whom joined 10 professionals.
In the early years the Open was predictably dominated by Scots, the first English winner was John Ball in 1890 who was also an amateur. The Open has in fact only been won on 6 occasions by amateurs all coming between 1890 and 1930. The first non-home national player to win was France’s Arnaud Massy winning at Royal Liverpool in 1907. During this period the record holder Harry Vardon from Jersey won his six titles, taking his first in 1896 at Muirfield and his last in 1914 at Prestwick.
The Open was not held from 1915 to 1920 and so it took until after WWI for an American to win, John Hutchison taking the crown in 1921. USA players then went on to win 12 of the next 13 titles up until 1933 when Henry Cotton won for England to start their own period of dominance up to WWII.
The Championships were again suspended for WWII with USA’s Sam Snead taking the first title after the war in 1946. Northern Ireland’s Fred Daly won in 1947 and remained the only player from Ireland to win the event until Padraig Harrington won back to back titles in 2007 and 2008.
South African Bobby Locke and Australian Peter Thompson dominated between 1948-58 winning eight of 11 titles between them. The big three, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus won the event on 3, 2 and 3 occasions respectively from 1959 to 1978. Although this remains the Major that Nicklaus has won the least he was still the most dominant player of the time finishing runner up a record 7 times in addition to his three wins, including 16 finishes in the top five. American Tom Watson was next up to take the mantle winning five titles between 1975 and 1983, ending a period of USA dominance.
In the years form 1984 onwards the tournament has not been dominated by players from any one nation. Spain’s Steve Ballesteros won the event three times from 1979 to 1988 and Englishman Nick Faldo also won the open three times from 1987 to 1992.
The only player in the last 25 years to show any dominance was Tiger Woods, winning on three occasions from 2000 to 2006. Pádraig Harrington did become the first player to win consecutive tournaments (2007-08) since Tom Watson sparking a new era in Irish golf that saw Northern Irishmen Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy winning in 2011 and 2014 respectively.
American Zach Johnson won the event in 2015 denying Jordan Spieth in an aggregate play off at St Andrews. In 2016 Swede Henrik Stenson won his first major and first major for his country with an unbelievable 20 under par 264. This the lowest score in the history of the Open and the joint lowest score in golf Major history. Phil Mickelson finished second with a score of 17 under par and must be wondering what he has to do to win another major. Phil’s score would have won all but 4 previous Open’s in history.
2017 Royal Birkdale
The 2017 Open was the 146th since the tournament began in 1860 and the first event to be held there for 10 years since Pádraig Harrington won in 2007.
The course in Southport, Merseyside, was founded in 1889 and awarded Royal status in 1951, it is one of the finest links courses in the country and well known for the weather from the Irish sea which can rapidly change conditions in minutes. For the Open the course was 6,817 yards with a par 72, the longest is the 15th over 544 yards with a par 5 and the shortest the 7th, a par 3 177 yard hole
2017 was finally the turn of Jordan Spieth following his narrow loss in 2015. The American, largely dominant throughout and untroubled right up to the final hole, won by three strokes with a course Open record 12 under (268).
Prestwick was the sole venue of the Championship from 1860 until 1873 when the Old Course at St Andrews was used for the first time. Musselburgh Links course became the third course to hold the open in the following year, 1874. These three courses rotated the championship until it was first held at Muirfield in 1892 (replacing Musselbugh) with Royal St Georges becoming the first English venue to hold the Open in 1894. Royal Liverpool was added to the list in 1897 and the addition of Royal Cinque in 1909 increased the rota to 6 courses, three in England and three in Scotland. Royal Cinque was chosen to host the event in 1915 which was then suspended due to the first world war, they therefore held the open in the next possible year, 1920. Prestwick hosted the open a total of 25 times up until 1925 when serious overcrowding led to it being suspended as an Open venue and the event has never since been held there.
From its beginnings until 2018 the event has been held 96 times in Scotland, 50 times in England and just the once in Northern Ireland. Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland is however due to host the 2019 Championship for only the second time in its history and the first time since 1951.
In the modern day the Open rotates between ten venues. Muirfield lost it’s right to host the Open following their vote to remain a men’s only club in 2016. Although that vote was reversed the following year so perhaps we will see Open golf there yet again.
The Claret Jug and Other Trophies
Since 1972 the winner of the Open has been awarded the Golf Champion Trophy, or as its more commonly known, the Claret Jug. Prior to this the champion received the Challenge Belt, a red leather strapped belt with a silver buckle. Tom Morris junior won the first Claret Jug although famously it was not ready in time to be given to him, instead he was awarded a gold medal and to this day winning players receive both the Claret Jug and the gold medal. Tom Kidd was actually the first player to be presented with the Jug the following year in 1873.
The original Claret Jug was retired in 1928 and along with the Challenge Belt, donated by the Morris family, both are now on display in at St Andrews. The current trophy has been used since 1928, players can take the trophy away so long as it is returned before the next Championship at which point they are given a replica.
The Silver medal is awarded to the leading amateur competing the final round and has been running since 1949, in 1972 a bronze medal was also introduced for all amateur players reaching the final round.
Name, Tours and Prize Money
Officially called The Open Championship, within the UK it is commonly just referred to as the Open. Outside of the UK most players and commentators term the tournament the British Open.
The event has been part of the European tour since its inception in 1972 and has been part of the official PGA tour since 1995.
The 2017 Open carried a prize pot of $10,250,00 with $1,845,000 (~£1,420,000) to the winner, a 10% increase on 2016. The 2018 event is expected to at least match this, this is pretty much in line with the other three majors.
The first couple of Open events in the early 1860’s carried no prize money with the first prize pool of £10 provided in 1863. This was in fact shared between the 2nd-4th placed players with the champion retaining the challenge belt. Tom Morris senior won the first champions cash prize of £6 in 1864.