It is called The Open. Its full name is The Open Championship. But in reality, it’s just, The Open. The most prestigious golf tournament in the world.
Some may argue and say that The Masters in Augusta is the most prestigious, but history is on the side of The Open.
On Thursday morning, as they have for almost 150 years, the world’s best golfers will gather to compete for The Jug.
There are four major golf tournaments in the world. The PGA Championship, the US Open, the Masters and The Open. And while they are equal, perhaps The Open is a bit more equal than the others. It is, after all, the original and oldest.
The first time they played The Open, in 1860, there were 8 players. They played 3 rounds on a 12-hole golf course in Prestwick on Scotland’s west coast and the winner received a leather Moroccan belt.
The first time Carnoustie hosted The Open was in 1931. Tommy Armour took home The Jug.
On Thursday morning, 156 players will begin the four-day competition for the top prize of 1.42 million pounds (€1.60 million) but it is the name engraved on the Claret Jug on Sunday evening that is perhaps even more prestigious for the winner.