The Open Championship: Your complete guide to the 148th edition including TV info, odds, tee-times and tournament history

The Open returns to Portrush in July
The Open returns to Portrush in July

Get course details, TV information, tournament history and more ahead of the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush.


Contents

  1. Timings and TV information
  2. Player-by-player guide
  3. Course information
  4. Hole-by-hole guide
  5. Betting previews
  6. Podcast
  7. Latest odds
  8. Tee-times and key groups
  9. Statistics and records
  10. By the numbers

Timings and TV information

When and where does the Open Championship take place?

Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21 at Royal Portrush in County Antrim, Northern Ireland

What time does it start?

The first groups tee off at around 0645 local time - weekend tee-times depend on the number of players who make the cut

Where can I watch it in the UK?

Sky Sports will be broadcasting live coverage in the UK with highlights on the BBC, who are providing live radio coverage via 5 Live

Player-by-player guide

Click on the image below for our full guide to the field.

Don't miss our player-by-player guide to the entire Open field
Don't miss our player-by-player guide to the entire Open field

Course information

Royal Portrush Golf Club plays host as the Open Championship returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since the same venue staged the 1951 edition.

More recently, Portrush held the 2012 Irish Open won by Jamie Donaldson and it will host the Open twice more by the year 2040.

Hole-by-hole guide

  • By former European Tour player Anthony Wall

1st (Hughies), 421 yards, par 4: Most players will take a three wood or long iron and although there is out of bounds to the right, the key is avoiding the fairway bunker on the left to set up an approach to an elevated green which sits across you.

2nd (Giants Grave), 574 yards, par 5: The hole is almost 50 yards longer than it was in 2012 and a good drive will need to hug the left-hand side of the fairway to have a chance of reaching in two, although the green is guarded by pot bunkers around 30 yards short.

3rd (Islay), 177 yards, par 3: A relatively straightforward hole with just one bunker but the green slopes from right to left so the ideal shot in would be a fade for right-handers.

4th (Fred Daly's), 482 yards, par 4: Quite a narrow tee shot with the wall on the right and a bunker on the left which must be avoided. Approaches from the left can be partially blocked out by the mound short of the green.

5th (White Rocks), 374 yards, par 4: If it plays downwind you can be aggressive and cut the corner of the dog leg and get close to the green, but it is tough to pick the right line. Laying back off the tee leaves a tougher second to an angled green with the Atlantic beyond.

6th (Harry Colt's), 194 yards, par 3: A classic links par three away from the water so club selection is what is going to be difficult into a sloping green which sits across you.

7th (Curran Point), 592 yards, par 5: The first of two new holes is almost 600 yards but will be a birdie chance downwind if you avoid the massive bunker on the right - a recreation of the "Big Nellie" bunker on the now defunct 17th - and a smaller one to the left of the fairway.

8th (Dunluce), 434 yards, par 4: The second new hole gives players the option to lay up short of the fairway bunkers or take them on to get closer to a large, undulating green which is protected by a solitary bunker on the right.

9th (PG-Stevenson's), 432 yards, par 4: A radio mast in the distance is the target off the tee and it is a must to find the narrow fairway. Rough and mounds to the left make it difficult to get close to the green and there is a little more room right than you think.

10th (Himalayas), 447 yards, par 4: The hole doglegs from left to right and it is important to hit the undulating fairway otherwise you will be hitting across the long, narrow green which will make club selection on the second shot key.

11th (Tavern), 474 yards, par 4: In 2012 this was a par five and I hit one of my best shots ever with a 2-wood onto the green in driving rain. There is a big dip in front of a very narrow green with a lot of trouble around it.

12th (Dhu Varren), 532 yards, par 5: A good chance for a birdie if you can stay out of the bunkers on the right, although if it plays into the wind you are going to be worried about the bunker around 70 yards short of the green.

13th (Feather Bed), 194 yards, par 3: A downhill tee shot means it plays shorter than the yardage suggests but it is quite a small green and surrounded by five bunkers.

14th (Causeway), 473 yards, par 4: One of the widest tee shots on the course so it is almost a free hit and a good chance of birdie if you can avoid the two bunkers on the right of the fairway.

15th (Skerries), 426 yards, par 4: Probably an iron down the right as long as you can carry the bunkers on the right and run it down the hill. The green nestles down into the dell and is well protected.

16th (Calamity), 236 yards, par 3: A great par three with a long carry to quite a big green and you need to guard against missing it right. A lot of second shots will be played from left of the green.

17th (Purgatory), 408 yards, par 4: Tee shots will land on a downslope and if the wind is in the right direction, the bigger hitters will have the chance to drive a green protected by bunkers on the front left and right.

18th (Babingtons), 474 yards, par 4: A left-to-right dogleg with quite a generous fairway and the biggest danger is the two bunkers to the right. Find those off the tee and cross bunkers short of the green also come into play.

Betting previews

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Podcast

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Latest odds

Sky Bet make Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka the men to beat at the Open Championship, with Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Tiger Woods and Justin Rose close behind.

The firm are paying 10 places on each-way bets in the outright market which are placed prior to tee-off on Thursday.

Click here or on the below image for all the latest odds and offers.

Sky Bet are paying 10 places on the Open Championship
Sky Bet are paying 10 places on the Open Championship - click the image to bet

Tee-times and key groups

First round

GB & Ire unless stated - all times BST

0635 D Clarke, (a) J Sugrue, C Hoffman (USA)

0646 E Grillo (Arg), Sung Kang (Kor), (a) T Thurloway

0657 A Sullivan, C Bezuidenhout (Rsa), A Levy (Fra)

0708 C Kim (USA), Z Lombard (Rsa), (a) B Wu (USA)

0719 R Sterne (Rsa), R Langasque (Fra), (a) M Schmid (Ger)

0730 P Harrington, M Fitzpatrick, A Putnam (USA)

0741 B Watson (USA), E Pepperell, R Cabrera Bello (Esp)

0752 P Mickelson (USA), S Lowry, B Grace (Rsa)

0803 A Noren (Swe), M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), S Locke

0814 W Simpson (USA), S Garcia (Esp), CT Pan (Tpe)

0825 R Palmer (USA), A Pavan (Ita), D Frittelli (Rsa)

0836 K Stanley (USA), R MacIntyre, A Johnston

0847 M Korhonen (Fin), O Wilson, (a) C Knipes

0903 I Poulter, Sunjae Im (Kor), K Aphibarnrat (Tha)

0914 H Stenson (Swe), X Schauffele (USA), G McDowell

0925 Li Haotong (Chn), R Knox, B Wiesberger (Aut)

0936 J Kokrak (USA), C Syme, A Connelly (Can)

0947 Z Johnson (USA), D Duval (USA), C Conners (Can)

0958 F Molinari (Ita), A Scott (Aus), B DeChambeau (USA)

1009 R McIlroy, P Casey, G Woodland (USA)

1020 H Matsuyama (Jpn), R Fowler (USA), Kevin Kisner (USA)

1031 J Furyk (USA), Si Woo Kim (Kor), J Walker (USA)

1042 L List (USA), A Bjork (Swe), P Waring

1053 S Imahara (Jpn), N Lashley (USA), B Hebert (Fra)

1104 M Horikawa (Jpn), C Shinkwin, G Porteous

1115 P Meesawat (Tha), M Baldwin, J Senior

1136 T Lehman (USA), J Niemann (Chl), M A Jimenez (Esp)

1147 Byeong Hun An (Kor), J Campillo (Esp), C Wood

1158 J Dahmen (USA), A Arnaus (Esp), D Papadatos (Aus)

1209 S Cink (USA), R Sabbatini (Svk), Innchoon Hwang (Kor)

1220 E Van Rooyen (Rsa), K Kitayama (USA), J McLeod (Aus)

1231 R Fox (NZ), S Norris (Rsa), Dongkyu Jang (Kor)

1242 T Hatton, K Mitchell (USA), T Pieters (Bel)

1253 T Fleetwood, J Thomas (USA), T Olesen (Den)

1304 B Koepka (USA), L Oosthuizen (Rsa), S Sharma (Ind)

1315 B Horschel (USA), J Janewattananond (Tha), A Wise (USA)

1326 J Spieth (USA), M Leishman (Aus), D Willett

1337 C Smith (Aus), A Hadwin (Can), D Lipsky (USA)

1348 P Lawrie, C Reavie (USA), J Harding (Rsa)

1404 (a) T Kanaya (Jpn), T Lewis, B Stone (Rsa)

1415 L Glover (USA), J Luiten (Ned), N Bertasio (Ita)

1426 E Els (Rsa), JB Holmes (USA), A Ancer (Mex)

1437 B Snedeker (USA), L Westwood, B Harman (USA)

1448 T Finau (USA), L Bjerregaard (Den), J Rose

1459 D Johnson (USA), J Day (Aus), K Bradley (USA)

1510 T Woods (USA), M Wallace, P Reed (USA)

1521 J Rahm (Esp), M Kuchar (USA), P Cantlay (USA)

1532 K Streelman (USA), D Redman (USA), R Rock

1543 A Otaegui (Esp), Y Ikeda (Jpn), I Benitez (Mex)

1554 P Kizzire (USA), Sang Hyun Park (Kor), Y Inamori (Jpn)

1605 Y Fujimoto (Jpn), Doyeob Mun (Kor), A Wilson

1616 G Charoenkul (Tha), Y Asaji (Jpn), A Turner

Statistics and records

Multiple winners

6 Harry Vardon 5 James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Peter Thomson, Tom Watson 4 Tom Morris Sr, Tom Morris Jr, Willie Park Sr, Walter Hagen, Bobby Locke 3 Jamie Anderson, Bob Ferguson, Bobby Jones, Henry Cotton, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods 2 Bob Martin, Willie Park Jr, Harold Hilton, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els

Most runner-up finishes: Jack Nicklaus (7)

Oldest winner: Old Tom Morris (46)

Youngest winner: Young Tom Morris (17)

Biggest stroke play win: Old Tom Morris, 13 shots, 1862

Lowest 72-hole score: 264 (Henrik Stenson, 2016)

Lowest 72-score in relation to par: 20-under (Henrik Stenson, 2016)

Lowest 18-hole score: 62 (Branden Grace, 2017 - lowest round in major history)

Most consecutive victories: 3, Peter Thomson (1954-1956)

By the numbers

1 - Portrush is the only venue outside of Scotland and England to have hosted the Open.

2 - this is the second time the tournament has been hosted at Portrush, following Max Faulkner's win in 1951.

3 - the shortest hole at Royal Portrush, a 177-yard par three.

4 - the most consecutive Open wins, by Young Tom Morris from 1868 to 1872 - the championship was not held in 1871.

5 - Tom Watson and the late Peter Thomson each won the Open five times.

6 - Harry Vardon holds the record for the most Open Championship wins, which has stood since 1914.

7 - "Curran Point", Portrush's longest hole at 592 yards, is one of two new holes added on the Championship Course in time for the Open. Along with the eighth, named "Dunluce", they have replaced the traditional 17th and 18th with the holes in between shifting back on the card.

8 - entrants to the first-ever Open Championship in 1860 at Prestwick.

9 - the best round in relation to par in Open history is nine under, by Paul Broadhurst in 1990 and Rory McIlroy in 2010 - both at St Andrews.

10 - host courses on the current rotation - St Andrews, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool, Royal Lytham and St Anne's, Royal Portrush, Royal St George's, Royal Troon and Turnberry.

11 - the last 11 years of the Open Championship have seen 11 different winners.

12 - a dozen players earned their places through the four final qualifying tournaments.

13 - the record winning margin in the Open, by Old Tom Morris in 1872.

14 - Open venues throughout the tournament's history, with Prestwick, Musselburgh, Royal Cinque Ports and Prince's Golf Club no longer on the rotation.

15 - nearby Dunluce Castle, which provides a spectacular view from parts of the course, dates from the 15th century. It was a filming location for the television drama Game of Thrones.

16 - one of Portrush's signature holes, the 16th - named Calamity Corner - is likely to provide some late drama in the race for the Claret Jug.

17 - Young Tom Morris remains the youngest Open champion, aged 17 years and 156 days in 1868 - a year after his father, Old Tom, had become the oldest ever champion at Prestwick.

18 - Faulkner's win at Portrush in 1951 was the last by a British player for 18 years, until Tony Jacklin at Royal Lytham in 1969.

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