The 9th ‘Open Championship’ and the 1st Women Members at Royal Troon

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The 9th ‘Open Championship’ and the 1st Women Members at Royal Troon
The 9th ‘Open Championship’ and the 1st Women Members at Royal Troon

The 2016 Open Championship was the 145th Open Championship, on 14th – 17th July at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland. It was the 9th Open Championship played at the Old Course of Troon, and the 5tth since gaining royal status.

Australian Jason Day, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and American Jordon Spieth were co-favourites, however Sweden’s Henrik Stenson ultimately won at 20 under, tying the all-time lowest score (in relation to par) set by Jason Day at last year’s PGA Championship. Phil Mickelson finished at 17 under – a score that would’ve been good enough to win all but three previous Opens. The third-place score was 6 under by J.B. Holmes. The 40-year-old Swede launched a late charge to beat the American by three shots to become the first Scandinavian man to win a major. About Women Members Royal Troon Golf Club held a vote on July 1st at a special general meeting which resulted in the acceptance of women members, less than a fortnight before the 2016 Open began. Club Captain Martin Cheyne said: “We have said a number of times recently that it is important for golf clubs to reflect the society in which we exist and the modern world that looks to us.

“Therefore, I am delighted with the decision taken by Members of Royal Troon and look forward to welcoming women to our great club. It is the right decision for the club today, and for the generations of golfers that will follow.” Muirfield, also in Scotland, recently elected to keep its men-only policy, a decision that prompted British golf’s governing body, the Royal & Ancient, to drop the course from the list of British Open venues. Situated on the rugged, awe-inspiring coastline of the West of Scotland, Royal Troon it provides a striking destination for golf’s oldest championship. Founded in 1878, Royal Troon is renowned as one of the greatest links courses which has previously hosted The Open on eight occasions. Royal Troon is home to both the longest and shortest holes in Open Championship golf.

Regarded as one of the top holes in the world, the par-3 8th hole (“Postage Stamp”) measures a scant 123 yards (112 m), but its diminutive green measures a mere 420 square feet (39 m2). Two holes earlier, the par-5 6th hole (“Turnberry”) extends to a lengthy 601 yards (550 m). It’s Not The ‘British Open’! ‘The Open Championship’ is the official name of the tournament. Although some would say calling it the British Open makes sense to help differentiate it from the U.S. Open, golf purists bristle when they hear that. The Open Golf Champion Trophy, now commonly referred to as the Claret Jug, was originally made by Mackay Cunningham & Company of Edinburgh and was hallmarked 1873. Following the 1927 Open, which was won at St Andrews by Bobby Jones, the Club’s Championship Committee took the decision to retain the Claret Jug in future years and to present the winner with a replica.

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