The Open Championship 2019 : 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.
It’s the fourth and final major championship of the golf season. Who will join the 2019 major winners group of Tiger Woods (the Masters), Brooks Koepka (PGA championship) and Gary Woodland (U.S. Open) and hoist the Claret jug? This is the 148th time they’ve determined the “champion golfer of the year.” The defending champion is Francesco Molinari.
Play begins at 1:35 a.m. ET. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland native and the favorite, tees off at 5:09 a.m. in Round 1. Tiger Woods is set to tee off at 10:10 a.m. Find all tee times.
The PGA Tour this decade more than Johnson, who has won 19 times and ascended to world No. 1 and accomplished so many great things … and yet he still has just a single major, the 2016 U.S. Open, to show for it. It’s mystifying.
That major breakthrough was supposed to unleash DJ’s inner giant-killer. Instead, it’s only led to more frustration, because for every World Golf Championship he captures with ease, he has failed to show up (three missed cuts), shrank with the 36-hole lead (2018 U.S. Open) or made costly mistakes late (2019 PGA) when it mattered most.
On paper, Jordan Spieth’s decision to shelve his Titleist 718 AP2 irons for a set of Tour-only T100s — which were released one month ago at the U.S. Open — looks like a bold move. But considering Spieth ranks 141st this season in strokes gained: approach the green, now might be as good a time as ever for a shakeup.