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Open Championship 2023 Preview

Updated on August 17, 2023
Written by Chris
Open Championship 2023 Preview

The Open Championship, often referred to as The Open or the British Open, is the oldest golf tournament in the world. It is also one of the most prestigious. Founded in 1860, it was originally held annually at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. Later the venue rotated between a select group of coastal links golf courses in the United Kingdom. It is organised by the R&A.

The Open is one of the four men’s major golf tournaments, the others being the Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open. Since the PGA Championship moved to May in 2019, the Open, held in mid-July, has been chronologically the fourth and final major tournament of the year.

It is called The Open because it is in theory open to professional and amateur golfers. In practice, the current event is a professional tournament in which a small number of the world’s leading amateurs also play, through invitation or qualification. The success of the tournament has led to many other open golf tournaments to be introduced around the world.

The current champion is Cameron Smith, who won the 2022 Open at St Andrews with a score of 268.

The 2023 Open Championship

The 2023 Open Championship will take place at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake from July 20 until July 23. The purse is $14,000,000.

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club links at Hoylake is a scenic course which can be challenging, especially when the wind really blows and the summer rough is deep. The course was created to be a demanding test of golf. It is at the heart of the history and development of the game in Great Britain.

Royal Liverpool is the second oldest of all the English seaside Clubs behind Westward Ho! in Devon, which was established just a few years earlier. Despite its at first glance flat and benign appearance, Hoylake makes the trickiest demands of a player’s shot selection, distance control and accuracy.

The Club celebrated its 150th birthday in 2019, a year which also saw the Walker Cup return to Hoylake, having made its last appearance in 1983. The Match was a wonderful addition to the celebrations of Royal Liverpool’s proud history and important role in the development of the amateur game.

The Open Championship 2023 Latest Odds

Rory McIlroy9/1PaddyPower/Betfair
Jon Rahm10/1PaddyPower/Betfair/bet365
Scottie Scheffler12/1Unibet/BetUK
Cameron Smith18/1bet365/Unibet/BetUK
Odds correct as of 05.04.23, 15:45. Odds subject to change.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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