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The British Open, or “The Open Championship” as it is referred to officially, is the oldest of all four major championships in professional golf – The Masters, The US Open, The Open, and The PGA Championship.  The Open Championship was first played on October 17, 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland.  While the other three majors are played in the United States, The Open is played outside the U.S. as it is administered by the R&A – the governing body of golf outside the U.S. and Mexico.

The tournament is held every year on one of nine links courses amidst Scotland and England.  While it was played once at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush in 1951, The Open has not returned since. However, in June 2014, the R&A announced that Royal Portrush Golf Club has been added back to The Open Championship rota, though official dates of this Championship have yet to be announced.  While The Open Championship has been played 60 times in Scotland, 48 times in England, and once in Ireland, there is no strict rule.  The R&A appoints the host of the championship typically five years in advance.

The Open is always played on the weekend of the third Friday in July.  It is a 72-hole stroke play tournament with a cut at the end of the first two rounds, limiting the field to the top 70 players and ties.  In the event of a tie after 72 holes, The Open features a four-hole playoff and continues to sudden-death if a winner has still not emerged.
 
Over the years of The Open Championship, several awards have been given out for various achievements.  Some of these include the Challenge Belt, The Gold Medal, The Silver Medal, and the Bronze Medal.  Today perhaps the most prized award is The Claret Jug.  Also known as the Golf Champion Trophy, it replaced the Challenge Belt and has been awarded to the winner each year since 1873.

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