The 145th Open takes place from 14th to 17th July at Royal Troon Golf Club in South Ayrshire, southwest of Glasgow. Royal Troon was founded in 1878, initially with only five holes and took its current form in 1888, designed in the traditional out-and-back manner of the Old Course at St Andrews, where last year’s Open Championship was held.
Royal Troon is home to both the longest and shortest holes in Open Championship golf. Regarded as one of the top holes in the world, the par-3 8th hole ("Postage Stamp") measures 123 yards (112m), but its wee green measures a mere 420 square feet (39 m2) and the par-5 6th hole ("Turnberry") measures a lengthy 601 yards (550m).
This is the 9th time Royal Troon will be hosting The Open, the first was in 1923 and the last in 2004. Past Open champions at these famous links include Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Watson, Tom Weiskopf, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Locke, and Arthur Havers. The last seven Opens at Troon have been won by Americans.
The Open is the oldest of the of the four major championships in professional golf and one of the most prestigious tournaments on the golf calendar. The field for the Open is 156, and golfers gain a place in a number of ways. Most of the field is made up of leading players who are given exemptions. Further places are given to players who are successful in The Open Qualifying Series and in Final Qualifying.
The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) consists of 10 events played outside the United Kingdom. from the six major tours. Places are available to the leading players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in a high enough position. A total of 32 places are available.
The Final Qualifying 36-hole tournaments will be played on 28th June 2016 at four courses across Scotland and England. Three qualifying places are available at each location.
Any remaining places are made available to the highest ranked players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
A number of past champions are also expected in the field - the likes of Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, Pádraig Harrington, Tiger Woods and Scotland’s own Sandy Lyle and Paul Lawrie, who won in 1985 and 1999 respectively.
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We look forward to seeing you at the 145th Open at Royal Troon next month!