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The Open Championship

The 149th Open Championship

For more than 140 years, the world's best players have faced the unrelenting challenge of links golf at The Open, golf's oldest and most international Championship. On October 17th 1860, eight professional golfers assembled at Prestwick for a tournament to determine who would be the Champion Golfer. The winner was to receive the Challenge Belt, a prize crafted from red Moroccan leather and worth £25. The competitors played three rounds of 12 holes, with Willie Park Snr. beating Old Tom Morris by two shots. A year later, Prestwick announced that the tournament shall be open to all the world.

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