The 149th Open Championship is under way as golf’s best look to claim the famous Claret Jug at Royal St George’s.
The Open was cancelled last summer due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. But now, the final Major of the year is back on at the beautiful links course at Royal St George’s in Sandwich.
The Open Championship: Date and start time
Play started at 6:30am on Thursday, July 15 and will run until a champion is crowned on Sunday, July 18.
Royal St George’s is playing to a par 70 this year and will be 7,189 yards in length. 156 players will make the field over the first two days before the cut on Friday night.
The winner is set to take home just shy of $2,000,000.
There are be 13 former champions in the field including Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth.
The Open Championship: How to follow
The action will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf from 6:30am on the opening two days.
It will be shown on the same channels from 9am on Saturday and from 8am on Sunday.
The best of the action will also be live across the talkSPORT network throughout the week with regular updates on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.
A GUIDE TO ROYAL ST GEORGE’S
1st, 445 yards, par 4: Tiger Woods lost his opening drive in 2003 and Jerry Kelly took an 11, but the fairway has been widened since then. Out of bounds right and three bunkers front of the green.
2nd, 421 yards, par 4: Out of bounds continues down the right on this dogleg left. Two bunkers are cut into the hill on the inside of the angle and the green falls away on all sides.
3rd, 239 yards, par 3: First of the four short holes was lengthened by 30 yards for the 2011 Open and with a narrow two-tier green cut into the hill can be a real brute.
4th, 491 yards, par 4: Changed from a par five in 2003 to a par four for 2011 with a huge bunker staring you in the face on the tee and a really demanding tilted green with out of bounds immediately behind.
5th, 422 yards, par 4: John Daly has driven the green over the dunes, but new mounding short right makes it less enticing. Bunkers down the left, but none round the green.
6th, 174 yards, par 3: The Maiden hill to the left of the green is a popular spot for spectators. Four bunkers lie around the two-tier green.
7th, 566 yards, par 5: Has played the easiest hole on the course in the past – with not a single double bogey in 1993 and 25 of the 27 eagles that week – but a new tee in 2011 added 32 yards.
8th, 450 yards, par 4: Used to be a par three, but changed to an uphill dogleg right, the approach played over an area of rough to a long and slender green.
9th, 412 yards, par 4: A bunker known as The Corset pinches in from the right and the humps and hollows are pronounced. A new tee for 2011 added 24 yards, while the green drops away steeply to the right.
10th, 415 yards, par 4: Tom Kite was leading in 1985 when he went from bunker to bunker and took six. The green is perched up high and with slopes front and back, great accuracy is needed.
11th, 238 yards, par 3: The one back-nine hole to be played directly towards the sea and demanding in the extreme when there is any wind. Three bunkers left and two right with a two-tier green.
12th, 379 yards, par 4: A dogleg right where there is a temptation to bite too much off the corner over the bunkers. Five more traps are short of a green which Tiger Woods four-putted in 2003.
13th, 456 yards, par 4: The drive has to be threaded between bunkers and the approach is played to the longest green on the course with a ridge running down its spine and out of bounds at the back.
14th, 547 yards, par 5: Out of bounds all the way down the right and the ‘Suez Canal’ across the fairway at 330 yards. To add to the dangers the green was moved back and closer to the fence.
15th, 496 yards, par 4: Lengthened by 21 yards in 2011, but still a par four with five bunkers to be negotiated off the tee and three more in front of a green which falls away to the right.
16th, 162 yards, par 3: Thomas Bjorn, two ahead at the time, took three to get out of the bunker on the right in the final round in 2003 and finished a shot behind Ben Curtis. In 1967 Tony Jacklin made the first televised hole-in-one here.
17th, 426 yards, par 4: The fairway was one of the hardest to hit with all its swales, but it has since been widened. Greg Norman’s closing 64 in 1993 included a missed 18-inch putt here.
18th, 450 yards, par 4: Two well-struck shots are needed to a green which falls away to the left into Duncan’s Hollow. Sandy Lyle was there in 1985 and his ball then came back towards him, but a five was enough to win.
The Open Championship: Tee-off times
Former champions Louis Oosthuizen and Jordan Spieth made brilliant starts as the delayed 149th Open proved well worth the wait.
Oosthuizen, who won at St Andrews in 2010 and lost a play-off at the same venue five years later, carded a flawless six-under-par 64 to enjoy a one-shot lead over Spieth and Brian Harman at end of day one, with 2009 champion Stewart Cink, Mackenzie Hughes and Dylan Frittelli a shot further back.
Former Masters champion Danny Willett led the early home challenge on three under alongside Justin Rose, Jack Senior and Andy Sullivan, who made the most of his late call-up into the year’s final major after a number of players withdrew.
Second round tee-off times on Friday
Gbr & Irl unless stated, all times local, (a) denotes amateurs
06:35 Daniel Croft, Aaron Rai, Paul Waring
06:46 (a) Christoffer Bring (Den), Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Daniel van
06:57 (a) Matthias Schmid (Ger), Brendan Steele (USA), Harold Varner III (USA)
07:08 Jaco Ahlers (Rsa), Troy Merritt (USA), Adam Long (USA)
07:19 Jason Day (Aus), Joost Luiten (Ned), Johannes Veerman (USA)
07:30 John Catlin (USA), Romain Langasque (Fra), Aaron Pike (Aus)
07:41 Sam Forgan, Padraig Harrington, Brad Kennedy (Aus)
07:52 Tony Finau (USA), Adam Hadwin (Can), Billy Horschel (USA)
08:03 Patrick Cantlay (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ryan Fox (Nzl)
08:14 Marc Leishman (Aus), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Matt Wallace
08:25 Corey Conners (Can), Collin Morikawa (USA), Sebastian Munoz (Col)
08:36 (a) Sam Bairstow, Keith Mitchell (USA), Jason Scrivener (Aus)
08:47 Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Benjamin Hebert (Fra), Charley Hoffman (USA)
09:03 Keegan Bradley (USA), Rafael Cabrera (Spa), Richard T. Lee (Can)
09:14 Carlos Ortiz (Mex), Matthias Schwab (Aut), Brendon Todd (USA)
09:25 Russell Henley (USA), Shaun Norris (Rsa), Webb Simpson (USA)
09:36 Daniel Hillier (Nzl), Matt Jones (Aus), Marcel Siem (Ger)
09:47 Tyrrell Hatton, Kevin Kisner (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA)
09:58 Rickie Fowler (USA), Robert MacIntyre, Xander Schauffele (USA)
10:09 Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott (Aus), Justin Thomas (USA)
10:20 Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed (USA), Cameron Smith (Aus)
10:31 Max Homa (USA), Matt Kuchar (USA), Henrik Stenson (Swe)
10:42 Ben Hutchinson, Ryosuke Kinoshita (Jpn), Antoine Rozner (Fra)
10:53 Kurt Kitayama (USA), Deyen Lawson (Aus), Poom Saksansin (Tha)
11:04 Ricardo Celia (Col), Yuki Inamori (Jpn), Jimmy Walker (USA)
11:15 Rikard Karlberg (Swe), Ryutaro Nagano (Jpn), Nicholas Poppleton
11:36 Marcus Armitage, Richard Bland, Andy Sullivan
11:47 Justin Harding (Rsa), Chan Kim (USA), Haotong Li (Chn)
11:58 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), (a) Abel Gallegos (Arg), Michael
12:09 Richard Mansell, Alexander Noren (Swe), J. C. Ritchie (Rsa)
12:20 Dean Burmester (Rsa), (a) Laird Shepherd, Danny Willett
12:31 Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Sam Horsfield, Min-Woo Lee (Aus)
12:42 Viktor Hovland (Nor), Ryan Palmer (USA), Thomas Detry (Bel)
12:53 Abraham Ancer (Mex), Paul Casey, Ian Poulter
13:04 Garrick Higgo (Rsa), Brooks Koepka (USA), Jason Kokrak (USA)
13:15 Daniel Berger (USA), Joel Dahmen (USA), Joaquin Niemann (Chi)
13:26 Darren Clarke, (a) Joe Long, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)
13:37 Marcus Kinhult (Swe), Chris Kirk (USA), Jack Senior
13:48 Talor Gooch (USA), Chengtsung Pan (Tai), Jonathan Thomson
14:04 Ernie Els (Rsa), (a) Cole Hammer (USA), Gary Woodland (USA)
14:15 Sam Burns (USA), Jorge Campillo (Spa), Lucas Herbert (Aus)
14:26 Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Branden Grace (Rsa), Jordan Spieth (USA)
14:37 Brian Harman (USA), Mackenzie Hughes (Can), Dylan Frittelli (Rsa)
14:48 Guido Migliozzi (Ita), Victor Perez (Fra), Kevin Streelman (USA)
14:59 Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Jon Rahm (Spa)
15:10 Stewart Cink (USA), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Lee Westwood
15:21 Dustin Johnson (USA), Justin Rose, Will Zalatoris (USA)
15:32 Sergio Garcia (Spa), (a) Yuxin Lin (Chn), Scottie Scheffler (USA)
15:43 Harris English (USA), Chez Reavie (USA), Erik van Rooyen (Rsa)
15:54 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Lucas Glover (USA), Brandt Snedeker (USA)
16:05 Takumi Kanaya (Jpn), Marcel Schneider (Ger), Cameron Tringale (USA)
16:16 Lanto Griffin (USA), Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn), Connor Worsdall