The 2014 British Open is just around the corner and I have decided to do numerous posts about the course, the history, the players and other things related to the Open during the run up to start of this prestigious event.
The history of the Open is the sole reason it is such a wonderful and well admired event among not only golfers but all sports personnel. The passion and support shown by the audience and the players throughout the week and the build up to the Open is what makes it such a special tournament.
The British Open was established in 1860 and is the oldest out of the four majors. The first ever Open was played at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland and attracted a total of eight Professionals who played three rounds of the twelve hole course in just one day. No amateurs were allowed to play in the tournament at that time which ultimately changed a year later. Willie Park, SR. won the first ever British Open beating the favourite Old Tom Morris by a total of two shots. Three years later a prize fund was introduced and reached to up to £10 which has change significantly to £5.25 million.
Hoylake was introduced into the Open back in 1897 and has since become a favourite among the players. Hoylake played host to yet another great Open in 1897 which saw an amateur overcome the odds to win by a single shot and outplay some of the greatest names in golf, such as; Harry Vardon and J.H.Taylor.
The last time Hoylake hosted the Open was in 2006 and brought us yet another great spectacle which saw Tiger Woods win his third Open title and his eleventh major tournament. After winning the previous year, Woods was by far the favourite going into the opening round at Hoylake. An eagle at the last put him one stroke behind lead after finishing with a highly promising 67. From then on it was Woods’ title to lose as he put in some strong performances to retain the Claret Jug. In the final round Woods’ playing partner Sergio Garcia soon began to lose momentum and so did the rest of the trailing pack. This ultimately saw Woods breeze to victory by two shots ahead of Chris Di Marco.
The thing that makes the Open such a great spectacle is all aspects of its history. The players and previous winners, the various venues that have hosted the event and the performances that have occurred. It is a truly remarkable event.