In North America it doesn't carry the same prestige as the Masters or US Open, but The Open Championship (as it's formally called) has staged some golf's most amazing wins and collapses in history. This year's edition has plenty of huge names in golf, including the return of Tiger Woods in his first Major in 2014.
This Year's Host
This years Open is being played a the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, founded 145 years ago and has been the host of the British Open 12 times. The last Open at Royal Liverpool was in 2006 when Tiger Woods finished an astonishing -18 to win by five strokes over Ernie Els.
A few other facts about the course:
- Situated off the Irish Sea, it's always a windy course, in 2006 Tiger Woods won by 5 strokes despite using his driver only once (to control the ball).
- To get a tee-time you must provide proof that your handicap is 21 or less.
- For the first 7 years the golf course also served as a horse race track
- Weekend green fee is $345 US
Open Championship Fun Facts
- It's now referred to as "The Open" because the rotation now includes Royal St George which is situated in Scotland.
- It's the oldest of the 4 Major Championships
- Tiger Woods holds the largest margin of victory of 15 in 2000. The previous record was 14 strokes held by Tom Morris in 1862 (who is also the oldest winner at 46 years old)
- The Open has been won by an American 42 times.
- An amateur has won 5 times, but not since 1930
- The winners take in 1864 was £6 (~$11 US)...today it's £975,000 (~$1,700,000 US)
Our 2014 Open Championship Picks
Which golfer will contend with the wind and take the Claret Jug at the end of the Weekend? Here are a our top 4 contenders for the Open Championship, and sorry there's no Tiger this year...in fact he might not even make the cut.
Cory Wagner's picks:
- Rickie Fowler (50-1) - he had a very solid finish last week at the Scottish Open ending up tied for 8th and shooting a final round 65. More than anything it proves this young guy can handle links golf. This is also a 'kid' who finished 5th in this year's Masters and 2nd in the US Open last month.
- Jordan Spieth (30-1) - this other 'kid' (he's only 20 years old) has come on the golf scene like a superstar in the making. In 1.5 years on the tour he's already won a tournament (first as a teenager since 1931) and he's in the World Golf's Ranking Top 10. He almost won the Masters this year, so the nerves should be better this time around.
Chad Langager's picks:
- Henrik Stenson (18-1) - Over the last six PGA majors, Henrik Stenson has finished in the top 25 in each one of them including a second place finish in the 2013 edition of The Open Championship. In the two majors of the 2014 season, Stenson finished T14 at the Masters and T4 at the U.S. Open. Each tournament he is building the confidence and skill required to pull of a win at a Major tournament and he appears more ready than ever to get over the hump.
- Martin Kaymer (20-1) - Kaymer has won two of his last three PGA tournaments - a win at THE PLAYERS Championship and runaway victory at the U.S. Open. It will be a lot to ask for him to win back to back majors and join the likes of Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods but Kaymer has shown himself to be an elite golfer and is playing the best golf of his life. Coming off the emotional victory of his country’s World Cup win, Kaymer could continue the sporting wins for Germany.
Complete list of odds for the 2014 Open Championship:
|ODDS TO WIN 2014 BRITISH OPEN|
|Miguel Angel Jimenez||85/1|
|Brendon de Jonge||150/1|