The Open Championship returns to Royal Liverpool Golf Club on the west coast of England in 2023. The last time The Open Championship was played here was in 2014 when Ireland’s Rory McIlroy lifted the coveted Claret Jug at the 143rd Open Championship. Nine years will have passed since The Open played on Royal Liverpool golf course: be there with Voyages.golf to find out if McIlroy can back up his 2014 victory. Images are courtesy of the R&A & Royal Liverpool Golf Club. One of the oldest Open rota golf clubs, Royal Liverpool was founded in 1869; the links golf course has hosted The Open 12 times, with 2023 set to become the thirteenth occasion. Experience the best golfers play Royal Liverpool with Voyages.golf as your Authorised Provider for The Open with escorted golf tours and play-golf packages combined with official Open experiences. The 150th Open in July 2022 is at St Andrews.
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The Open Golf Tours
The Open also has a golf tour running before and after The Open 2023. These golf tours will be led by a Voyages.golf team member and will run for around a week on each side of The Open. Have your chance to play two Open venues, including the host of the 2024 Open Championship at Royal Troon, and the 2019 Open venue at Royal Portrush Dunluce golf course. Our team has over 25 years’ experience with touring and the 2023 Voyages.golf Open Tours will be for the history books.
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The Open Championship is run by the R&A, standing for Royal & Ancient society. This organisation has been a golf club since 14 May 1754. In the last century, it has evolved in three main areas: governing The Rules of Golf with the USGA, managing The Open Championship and other golf events, and the development of the sport worldwide.
The Open Championship is one of the most highly coveted golf majors, in equal standing with The US Masters, but it is much older competition in its 151st year at Royal Liverpool. The US Masters has been running for since 1934, while The Open began in 1860. The famed Claret Jug is the prize, along with being named the Champion Golfer of the Year. The prize pool is around $10 million, though the winner receives around $2 million. This is low when compared to other golf majors. The integrity of The Open Championship and renown that comes from winning it is why players return every year.
The Open rota is played on various golf courses in the United Kingdom, with the 148th Open being just the second time the major was held outside of Britain. Royal Portrush saw it once in 1951, and again in 2019 where Shane Lowry raised the Claret Jug.
Occurring over a week, the first half from Monday to Wednesday involves practice days. These are usually the best days to see all players because there is no chance of them missing the tournament cut. Thursday to Sunday are all tournament days. From a field of around 156 players, there are 73 left after the cut from Thursday onwards. The format is stroke play over four days, with 18 holes played each day.
Play is in groups of three in the first two days, and groups of two in the final two days. They are assigned as pairs by officials on the initial two days, with each player having one morning and one-afternoon tee-time. In the final two days, players tee off in reverse order of accumulated score, with the leaders last. After 36 holes, only the two 70 and tied players remain in the tournament and complete in the third and fourth round. If players are tied for the win on Sunday, they enter a 3-hole playoff, followed by sudden death if no winner emerges from the playoff.
The Golf Course
The Royal Liverpool golf course is a traditional seaside links layout established in 1869, making it one of the oldest golf clubs in England. Designed and touched up over the years by George Morris, Robert Chalmers, Harry Colt and Donald Steel, the par-72 Royal Liverpool golf course has fierce undulations and pot bunkers that reflect similar golf courses such as Royal St Georges, Royal Portrush and Royal Portstewart. Read more about the Royal Liverpool golf course at Hoylake here.
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