The Open Championship – also known as The Open or the British Open – is the oldest golf tournament in the world. Collin Morikawa won the last edition of the prestigious event at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England, in 2021. This year, the 150th edition of the tournament will be played on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland.
The Open Championship 2022: Tournament Information
- Course: Old Course, St Andrews
- Date: July 14 – July 17, 2022
- Par: 72
- Yardage: 7,305 yards
- Greens: Fescue grass
- How to watch: NBC and the Golf Channel
- Prize purse: Undecided – ($11,500,000 in 2021)
- Defending champion: Collin Morikawa
- Twitter: @The_Open
- Designers: Natural course – contributions made by Daw Anderson (1850s) and ‘Old’ Tom Morris (1865–1908)
- Established: 1860
The Open Championship Betting
Many consider The Open Championship the most international of the four Majors (Masters Tournament, US Open Championship, and US PGA Championship). 156 players will compete for a chance to win the Claret Jug in mid-July. There are 28 categories to determine exemption from qualifying, and 46 spots are decided by The Open Qualifying Series. This series consists of 16 events held in 11 different countries.
Since the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) started in 1996, four golfers from outside the top 100 have won The Open Championship – two of them lifted the Claret Jug at Royal St. George’s. In 2003, ranked 396, Ben Curtis won the event with +30000 opening odds. Since 2000, the average age of the Champion Golfer of the Year is 33. Interestingly, the average opening odds of past winners have been around +6000 since 2011.
Top online sportsbooks released futures odds for the 2022 edition of The Open Championship a day after Collin Morikawa won the event at Royal St George’s Golf Club in 2021. As the date of the tournament draws closer, more and more wagering options will become available. Popular betting options for The Open Championship include – three-ball matchups, individual rounds, and each-way.
The 2022 Open Championship Course
The St Andrews Old Course has only four holes that have their own putting surface. The others have large double greens where two holes share the same putting surface. Also, the t1o hole numbers that share a green add up to 18 – for example, the 4th Hole & 14th Hole, 8th Hole & 10th Hole, etc. The oldest golf course in the world has 112 giant bunkers, each of which has its own name. The most famous bunker is the sprawling ‘Hell Bunker’.
The Open Championship – The Stats
- Most wins: Harold Vardon holds the record with six Open titles from 1896-1914.
- Oldest winner: ‘Old’ Tom Morris won lifted the Claret Jug in 1867 at the age of 46 years, 99 days.
- Youngest winner: In 1868, Morris’ son, Tom Morris (known as ‘young’ Tom Morris), won the tournament at the age of 17 years and 156 days. He went on to win the following three Open Championships.
- Highest score on one hole: German amateur golfer Hermann Tissies recorded the highest score on a single hole at The Open Championship. In 1950, he shot 15 on the 8th hole at Royal Troon. The hole played as a 120-yard par-3.
- Greatest comeback: Paul Lawrie pulled off a 10-stroke comeback in the final round to win the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Last Ten Open Championship Winners
|2021||Collin Morikawa||Royal St George’s|
|2019||Shane Lowry||Royal Portrush|
|2017||Jordan Spieth||Royal Birkdale|
|2016||Henrik Stenson||Royal Troon|
|2015||Zach Johnson||St Andrews|
|2014||Rory McIlroy||Royal Liverpool|
|2012||Ernie Els||Royal Lytham & St Annes|
|2011||Darren Clarke||Royal St George’s|
What happened last year?
Collin Morikawa won the Open last year at the Royal St Georges course in Kent, England. He shot 17 under par to secure over $2 million in prize money and the coveted trophy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can compete in The Open Championship?
Around 65 percent of the 156-player Open field is made up of exemptions based on 28 categories. These include former champions of specific tournaments and players meeting certain cutoffs in the Official World Golf Rankings. Another 46 spots come from The Open Qualifying Series. The golfers who advance from the Final Qualifying in the UK get the final spots.
Which course hosts The Open Championship this year?
The 150th edition of The Open Championship will take place on The Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland. The last time the oldest golf course in the world held the event was in 2015.
What is the best score ever recorded at the Open Championship?
Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson secured a 20-under score of 264 to win the Open Championship at Royal Troon in 2016.
What is the prize money at the 2022 Open Championship?
The Total Prize Money at the 2022 Open Championship is $15 million. The winning player will receive over $2 million.
Has St Andrew's ever hosted the Open Championship previously?
Yes, St Andrews has been home to the Open 29 times previously. With this being the 30th occasion the magnificent course will create a champion.