The most important season of professional golf enters its twilight phase and the players know it: it is tim
The most important season of professional golf enters its twilight phase and the players know it: it is time to draw energy from wherever it is necessary, to enter the history of one of the most iconic tournaments and to achieve one of the more attractive prizes. All these points are offered in a new story within the British Openwhich takes place this weekend in the historic field of St AndrewsScotland, with some interesting ingredients.
It is the fourth and last major of the 2021-22 season of the PGA Tours, which on this occasion has 156 players in total, including those who participate in the European Tour and the Japanese Tour. But within those names is also the legend of Tiger Woods and some new names trying to write their own record, such as Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele or Rory McIlroy.
History is precisely a special ingredient of this tournament. Players return to the place where it all began in what is considered to be “The House of Golf“, the Old Course at St. Andrews. A fixture in the open rotation dating back to the very beginning of the sport, St. Andrews has been able to stand the test of time and continually identify deserving champions.
It started in 1873 when Tom Kidd won the first edition of The Open played on an 18-hole course; From there, fast-forward to over 100 years, and the last time players traveled to St Andrews (in 2015), a dramatic tiebreaker unfolded and saw Zach Johnson edge out Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman, all of whom are in this week’s field.
Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer have all taken the final steps of their open careers in this hallowed spot, as will Mark Calcavecchia this year and even Tiger Woods is suspected of playing his last Grand Slam. History is at the center of St. Andrews, and the player with the most wins of all time in major championships already decreed it: “If you are going to be a player that people will remember, you have to win The Open in St Andrews”, Nicklaus said at the time.
Another attraction for the tournament is the economic part. For the first time in its history, the British Open will distribute a prize money of 14 million dollars, of which the champion will take home 2.5 million. Meanwhile, the first 10 pros (and ties) to miss the cut win $10,500, while the next 20 get $8,500 and the rest take home $7,000.
Beyond the money, there are important points, advantages and benefits at stake, in particular for the winner of the tournament, who will get 600 points from the FedEx Cup. The victor will also earn 100 Official World Golf Ranking points, adding that majors earn an additional 100 points for the winner, regardless of the strength of the course.
So far the three Major winners of the 2021-22 PGA Tour season have been Scottie Scheffler at the Augusta Masters, Justin Thomas at the PGA Championship and Matt Fitzpatrick at the US Open, with Fitzpatrick being the most disruptive for winning his first major championship, while for Scheffler it was the fourth and for Thomas the number 15.
Collin Morikawa is the defending champion of the The Open, which is the official name of this fourth major of the season, which has been won by four Americans in the last decade, as in addition to Morikawa it was won by Jordan Spieth in 2017, Zach Johnson in 2015 and Phil Mickelson in 2013; In that same period, Rory McIlroy also won in 2014, Henrik Stenson in 2016, Francesco Molinari in 2018 and Shane Lowry in 2019, since the 2020 edition was canceled due to the pandemic.