2014 British Open: Heading Down the Home Stretch

Harry Vardon

This year’s British Open is in full swing. I hope all of you are enjoying the action as the competition heats up and heads for the home stretch at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. This year’s campaign is the twelfth time the championship has been played at this location. Truly a favorite among the tournament organizers.

The golfers competing in this year’s open were chosen after competing in regional and final qualifying tournaments. There are exemptions for pro players who meet any of the 31 criteria set by R&A for choosing players. The criteria used by the R&A are mostly based on world rankings, performance in majors and money list rankings. The claret jug is the trophy that is usually awarded to the winner of the British Open. However, the winner must return the trophy before the next year’s championships and is given a replica to own permanently. This trophy was introduced into the championship in 1872 and replaced the championship belt which was the British Open trophy at the time. The jug bears the inscription ‘The Golf Championship Trophy’ and has each winners name engraved annually. This original trophy is on permanent display at the club house of the Royal ancient golf club found in St. Andrews.

Through my research of this infamous golf tournament, I came to know that the idea of the playoffs was first raised in the year 1986 but came into effect in 1989. The PGA championship tournament started using the 3 hole playoff in 2000. One of the most famous British Open winners is Harry Vardon who has recorded six wins. He is also famous for inventing the Vardon grip, an overlapping grip technique that is popular with today’s professional golfers. Another famous player is Tom Watson who dominated the championship between 1975 and 1983 recording 5 wins. Another player who made history at the British Open is Padraig Harrington who made history by becoming the first European golfer to win back to back in over 100 years. The British open has featured spectacular matches with the most famous one being the one played at Turnberry between Watson and Nicklaus in 1977. Watson however was the player who won the open.

This year’s British Open has lived up to the hype most exceptionally. And with two full days remaining, the folks at BET 365 have placed their faith in Rory McIlroy to take home the claret jug.

Well we know who the bookies are favoring, but how about you?

Royal Liverpool Golf Course

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