British Open : For the 148th time, The Open Championship will be contested with the Claret Jug set to be handed out to the best golfer to take the course this week. And for the first time since 1951, The Open will be contested at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Now the final major of the golf season, golfers are champing at the bit for one last opportunity to pick up a big victory on a tremendous links course.
The 2019 British Open starts on Thursday morning from Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
Defending champion Francesco Molinari will join stars like Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and more as they compete for the 148th Open Championship title. The first round tees off at 1:30 a.m. ET on Thursday and concludes on Sunday.
How to watch:
TV Channel: You can watch Round One and Round Two on the Golf Channel. The third and final rounds will air on the Golf Channel and NBC.
Live Stream: You can stream the British Open on FuboTV. Sign up today for a seven-day free trial.
For the first time since 1951, the British Open returns to Royal Portrush.
Naturally, much of the attention will be on Northern Ireland’s own Rory McIlroy, who is seeking his first major championship since 2014. But the stacked field also includes Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, defending champion Francisco Molanari and will feature one of the world’s finest courses.
Golf fans in the U.S. can set their alarms and catch some early morning championship golf. Royal Portrush is five hours ahead of EST, so the first tee times are 1:35 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
2019 British Open Championship: Round 1 live scores, leaderboard
“You think about at that stage when everything that was going on, whether we were ever going to have a tournament such as this,” said Clarke, 50, referring to “The Troubles,” the conflict that roiled Northern Ireland for those three decades. “It was beyond the realms of possibility. It was just never going to happen.”