The 146th Open Championship
Royal Birkdale is the host for the 146th Open Championship on the 20th July.
The course was first established in 1889, but was extensively redesigned in 1922 by Fred Hawtree and JH Taylor to create the current layout, which winds its way through the sand dunes towering over each of the fairways.
Since first hosting The Open in 1954, the course has been (alongside Royal Lytham) the most regular venue for the Championship other than St Andrews. At Birkdale’s first Open, Peter Thomson won the first of three in succession; he returned to the same course in 1965 to add his fifth and final title.
The 2017 event will be the tenth Open Championship played at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club. The most recent was in 2008, where Pádraig Harrington successfully defended his 2007 Open Championship title from Carnoustie.
The current holder of The Claret Jug is Hendrick Stenson.