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His victory meant that he had won 3 of the 4 majors in pursuit of the career grand slam, just needing the U. Open , where he has finished runner-up six times. The Open is a hole stroke play tournament contested over four days, Thursday through Sunday. Since it has been played in the week which includes the 3rd Friday in July. Currently, players are in the field, mostly made up of the world's leading professionals, who are given exemptions, along with winners of the top amateur championships.
Further places are given to players, amateurs and professionals, who are successful in a number of qualifying events. There is a cut after 36 holes after which only the leading 70 players and ties play in the final 36 holes on the weekend. In the event of a tie after 72 holes, a four-hole aggregate playoff is held; if two or more players are still tied, it continues as sudden-death until there is a winner.
There are a number of medals and trophies that are, or have been, given for various achievements during The Open. The common factor in the venues is links courses. The Open has always been played in Scotland, northwest England, and southeast England, along with one course in Northern Ireland which will again stage the competition in From its revival in until it was played on three courses in rotation: In the newly built Muirfield replaced Musselburgh in the rotation.
With three courses in both England and Scotland, the meeting also agreed that the Championship was to be played in England and Scotland alternately. The rotation of the six courses was reinstated after the First World War with Royal Cinque Ports hosting the first post-war Open in It had been chosen as the venue for the cancelled Open. Serious overcrowding problems at Prestwick in meant that the course was never again used for the Open and was replaced by Carnoustie as the third Scottish course.
While Royal St George's and Royal Liverpool continued to be used at six-year intervals the third English course varied. Royal Cinque Ports was intended as the venue in but in February of that year abnormal high tides caused severe flooding to the course leaving it like "an inland sea several feet deep"  and the venue was switched to Royal St George's.
There are ten courses in the current rota, five in Scotland, four in England and one in Northern Ireland. In recent times the Old Course has hosted the Open every five years. The remaining courses host the Open roughly every 10 years but the gaps between hosting Opens may be longer or shorter than this. The most recent course to be removed from the active rota was Muirfield in May , following The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers refusal to permit female members to join their club.
From when it was first played in England to , it has been played 63 times in Scotland, 50 times in England and once in Northern Ireland. It was not until and that England hosted consecutive Opens. The field for the Open is , and golfers gain a place in a number of ways. International qualifying is through the "Open Qualifying Series". About ten tournaments are selected each year. A pre-allocated number of places are made available at these tournaments from 1 to 4 which are given to the leading players in those events who are not, at that point, qualified for the Open, provided they finish in a high-enough position.
In a total of 34 places were available. Local qualifying was the traditional way for non-exempt players to win a place at The Open. In recent years it has comprised a number of "Regional Qualifying" competitions around Britain and Ireland with successful competitors, joined by those players exempt from regional qualifying, playing in hole "Final Qualifying" tournaments. In there were 12 places available through Final Qualifying, three at each of the four venues. Up to a variety of qualification systems were used.
From to except local qualifying was used. All those who entered played 18 holes on one of two courses and then played 18 holes on the other course the following day. Qualifying took place immediately before the Championship itself. In a system of exemptions for the leading players was introduced with local qualifying continuing for the remaining players.
Since then a large number of changes have been made to the exemption criteria and to the qualifying system for the remaining players. In Britain, the tournament is best known by its official title, The Open Championship, or simply the Open. In addition, all Open Championships before have been retroactively classified as PGA Tour wins, and the list of players with the most wins on the PGA Tour has been adjusted to reflect this.
The European Tour has recognised The Open as an official event since its first official season in , and it is also an official money event on the Japan Golf Tour. Prize money is given to all professionals who make the cut and, since the number of professionals making the cut changes from year to year, the total prize money varies somewhat from the advertised number. For the first time in , the prize money was denominated in U. There was no prize money in the first three Opens.
In , a prize fund of ten pounds was introduced, which was shared between the second-, third-, and fourth-placed professionals, with the champion keeping the belt for a year. Old Tom Morris won the first champion's cash prize of six pounds in Until the late s, The Open prize fund was significantly lower than the other three majors; by , it was the highest. The Open began paying in U. Since , the Silver Medal is awarded to the leading amateur, provided that the player completes all 72 holes.
Frank Stranahan won it four times in the first five years and was also the low amateur in , while Joe Carr , Michael Bonallack and Peter McEvoy each won it twice. The medal has gone unawarded 19 times. The host broadcaster, as well as British and American broadcasters Sky Sports and NBC Sports , utilized a total of cameras during the tournament.
The BBC's rights to the Open had been threatened by the event's removal from Category A of Ofcom 's "listed" events , a status which legally mandated that the Open be broadcast in its entirety by a terrestrial broadcaster. It had since been moved to Category B, meaning that television rights to the tournament could now be acquired by a pay television outlet, such as BT Sport or Sky Sports , as long as rights to broadcast a highlights programme or otherwise delayed coverage are sub-licensed to either the BBC, ITV , Channel 4 , or Channel 5.
You have to stay in practice and keep up with advances in technology. As required by broadcasting regulations, rights to broadcast a nightly highlights programme were also sold: Dawson praised Sky Sports' past involvement with televised golf, explaining that "the way people consume live sport is changing significantly and this new agreement ensures fans have a range of options for enjoying the championship on television and through digital channels".
The edition of the Open Championship had a total of The NBC broadcast network had a total of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see British Open disambiguation and The Open disambiguation. This section needs additional citations for verification.