Open Championship 2015

16 - 19 July , 2015
The Old Course, St Andrews Links

 

St Andrews Links, the Home of Golf

Recognised the world over as the Home of Golf, St Andrews Links has borne witness to over 600 years of golfing history. That the game evolved and developed into its final form here has never been in question. Golf has been played on the famous Links since as early as the 1400s, and it was here in 1764, when the 22 hole Old Course was reduced, that today's 18-hole round was established, becoming the standard for golf courses the world over.

One golf course has now become seven, and many of golf's most dramatic moments have occurred here. The Links has played host to the game's greats as well as those enthusiastic amateurs for whom the chance to play St Andrews' hallowed turf is a dream come true.

The Open at St Andrews Links

Golf's oldest Major championship was first played at Prestwick, a Scottish course designed by Tom Morris and the site of his four Open victories and those of his son Tommy Morris. Ironically it was when the championship moved from Prestwick to the Morris's hometown in 1873 that another St Andrean Tom Kidd claimed victory and halted the four in a row winning sequence of young Tommy Morris.

Tom Morris won The Open four times but never on the Old Course. He still holds the record as the oldest ever winner at 46 years old.

Tommy Morris won four consecutive Open Championships before it moved to St Andrews. Tommy wears the Championship Belt above.

Tom Kidd was the first St Andrews champion in 1873 and since then some of the game’s greatest figures have won here at the Home of Golf. Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods have all won on the Old Course and made their own special contribution to the illustrious history of St Andrews Links. When Nicklaus waved goodbye to his adoring fans from the Swilcan Bridge in his final round of professional golf at the 2005 Open it demonstrated the warmth and affection held for the place where the game started.

If a golfer is going to be remembered, he must win the title at St Andrews. At last it is my greatest dream come true.
Jack Nicklaus, St Andrews Open Champion, 1970 & 1978
If I had ever been told I was to play there and nowhere else I should have chosen the Old Course.
Bobby Jones, St Andrews Open Champion, 1927
Victory anywhere is always sweet, but to win at St Andrews is so special it rises above everything else.
Seve Ballesteros, St Andrews Open Champion, 1984

In November 2014, The Open released a short film to celebrate the unique story of the Championship featuring some of the most iconic moments throughout its rich history. You can view "The One, The Open" below.

 

 

The Championship’s unrivalled history will grow when The Open returns to St Andrews, the Home of Golf, in July 2015.