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The Preview: 150th Open Championship

The first ball in Open Championship history was struck on October 17, 1860, at Prestwick Golf Club on Scotland’s Ayrshire Coast. The tournament, with eight starters, was played over three rounds of the 12-hole course with Willie Park Snr defeating Old Tom Morris by two strokes. He was proclaimed the Champion Golfer of the Year – a tradition that continues today – and received the Challenge Belt and no prizemoney.

When Old Tom turned the tables a year later, defeating his arch-rival by four strokes, he received the belt but none of the £10 prizemoney, which was split between the second, third and fourth placegetters.

Both Park and Old Tom would win four Open championships each, while Old Tom’s son, Young Tom Morris won three consecutive championships from 1868, which, under the rules of the tournament, entitled him to keep the Challenge…


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