The British Open Tournament

History, Records and Facts About the Open Championship

Claret Jug photographed at St. Andrews
The British Open trophy every golfer wants: The Claret Jug at St. Andrews. Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

The British Open golf tournament is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf. And it's the oldest, dating to 1860. And yes, for your sticklers out there, we'll say it: The correct and proper name for this major is "The Open Championship." We predominantly use British Open (and do most golfers in North America and many outside of the U.K.) as a way of distinguishing between the British and U.S. Opens and other national opens.

2019 British Open

  • When: July 18-21, 2019
  • Where: Royal Portrush (Dunluce Links) in Portrush, Northern Ireland
  • Ticket info

2018 British Open

Playing at Carnoustie Golf Links, Francesco Molinari became the first golfer from Italy to win one of the four major championships of men's golf. In a final round in which Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods both held or shared the lead at various times, it was Molinari whose 69 pushed him to the title. Molinari finished at 8-under 276. It capped a great stretch of golf by Molinari, who in late May won BMW Championship, a major on the European Tour; then, in early July, added the PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National.

Final Leaders
Francesco Molinari, 276
Justin Rose, 278
Rory McIlroy, 278
Kevin Kisner, 278
Xander Schuffele, 278
Eddie Pepperell, 279
Tiger Woods, 279
Kevin Chappell, 279
Full Scores

Helpful FAQs for tournament week:

Previous Winners at Carnoustie
1931 - Tommy Armour
1937 - Henry Cotton
1953 - Ben Hogan
1968 - Gary Player
1975 - Tom Watson
1999 - Paul Lawrie
2007 - Padraig Harrington

2017 British Open

Jordan Spieth didn't make it easy on himself, but he won the tournament for his third victory in a major championship. Over the front nine of the final round, Spieth blew a 3-stroke lead. Then he dropped into second place after hitting one of the wildest shots any winner had hit in a major he won. But after that, Spieth played the next four holes in 5-under.

Previous Open Championships

The British Open dates back to 1860, and you can see every champion through the years on this list.

Top 10 Golfers of All-Time at the British Open
Who knows - maybe the winner of this year's tournament will some day appear on this list. For now, these are the best golfers ever at playing the Open.

British Open Golf Tournament - Facts, Figures, Trivia

British Open Records
Wondering about the oldest and youngest winners? The tournament scoring record? Browse through some of the British Open records.

British Open FAQ
Here we tackle some of the most common questions we are asked about the Open. Click on the link above to view them all, or pick one of these popular entries:

British Open Golf Courses
What links have hosted the Open Championship? Here's the list of every golf course used as a site for the championship.

Future Sites

  • 2019: Royal Portrush
  • 2020: Royal St. George's