The 150th Open Championship is nearly upon us and golf’s best are set to battle it out for the Claret Jug at the historic Old Course next month.
The final Major of the year is set to be one of the biggest in history with a record-breaking 290,000 fans set to descend on St Andrews throughout the week.
The field will be headlined by Tiger Woods as the legendary American returns to the famous links looking for his fourth title.
But the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas will also be eager for glory in Scotland.
USA’s Collin Morikawa claimed the Gold Medal last year, clinching a fine victory at Royal St George’s to secure his first Major trophy.
He will return the Claret Jug at the beginning of the week but will no doubt be eager to reclaim it again come Sunday evening.
The Open is arguably the finest tournament in world golf and the 150th celebration at St Andrews promises to be a truly memorable event.
The Open 2022: Date and start time
The 150th edition of The Open will be held from Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, July 17.
It is taking place at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland.
Play will start at 6:45am on the opening two days and at 8am over the weekend.
The Open 2022: How to follow
talkSPORT will have regular updates from St Andrews throughout the week with our reporters Rupert Bell, Russ Hargreaves and Sean O’Brien.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
Sky Sports Golf will be showing the action in the UK.
More information on their coverage will follow.
The Open 2022: The course
The Old Course in St Andrews, Fife is the most famous golf course in the world.
Established in 1552, the historic links is regarded as the sport’s oldest and is widely considered to be the spiritual home of golf.
The course, which will play to a par 72 and be a maximum length of 7,297 yards, is set in the heart of the town before heading off down the coastline and back again.
The first and eighteen, named Burn and Tom Morris respectively, are known worldwide for their huge adjoining fairways.
Both holes are relatively simple with the fairways around 100 yards wide but such is a magnitude of the tee shots, they always provide a stern test.
The 17th Road Hole is arguably the most famous – and most difficult – hole in the sport of golf and includes the notorious Road Hole Bunker.
Other highlights include the distinctive seven double greens and the Swilcan Bridge and Valley of Sin on the final hole.
The Open 2022: Leaderboard
The leaderboard for the Major will follow after the first day’s play.
Last year, Morikawa held off Jordan Spieth to claim glory at Royal St George’s in Sandwich.
Here’s how the final leaderboard looked:
- 1. Collin Morikawa (67-64-68-66 = 265) −15
- 2. Jordan Spieth (65-67-69-66 = 267) −13
- T3. Louis Oosthuizen (64-65-69-71 = 269) −11
- T3. Jon Rahm (71-64-68-66 = 269)
- 5. Dylan Frittelli (66-67-70-68 = 271) −9
- T6. Mackenzie Hughes (66-69-68-69 = 272) −8
- T6. Brooks Koepka (69-66-72-65 = 272) -8
The Open 2022: Tee times and field
The field will be made up of 156 players before the cut on Friday night.
The tee times for the opening two rounds will be confirmed on Tuesday, July 12.
Several former champions are set to compete including Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, John Daly, Mark Calcavecchia and David Duval.
Two other previous winners, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, are also set to tee it up.
Woods, who played through the pain at the Masters and PGA Championship, sat out of the US Open in June to focus on St Andrews.
Mickelson’s season has been marred by off-field controversy but he was in the US Open field and is also expected to be in Scotland.
Mickelson is one of the LIV Golf defectors alongside the likes of Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau but LIV players are set to feature at The Open.
As ever at The Open, a host of amateurs and qualifiers will also be in the field.
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