British Open 2019 Stream Golf Live Free Watch Online Full Coverage: Sans the Masters—which, fun fact, is played at the same venue every year—the Open Championship is the most dependable, and parallelistic, of the traveling major championships. Its lineup is relatively limited, 10 links on the rota and anchored by five-year intervals at St. Andrews (save for a year delay in 2021 to accommodate the tournament’s 150th anniversary).
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British Open 2019
The 148th Open Championship
Place: Dunluce Links – Portrush, UK
Date: Jul 18 – Jul 21
Course Par: 72 | Yardage: 7337
British Open 2019 Live Stream
That these courses share similar natures and constructions heightens a sense of uniformity, as does the work of the R&A, which doesn’t overly meddle in course set-up, subtracting a variable that occasionally plagues its U.S. brethren. Even the weather, fickle as it may be, is, well, expected.
It’s partially why Open winners are the oldest of any major championship. Compared to other golf events, it’s a different rodeo. But after a few rides, you know how the bull is going to buck its head.
At least, that’s usually the case. For the first time since 1951, the claret jug is visiting Royal Portrush. The Emerald Isle gem—perhaps not as subtle as most Open venues, its dune landscape offering dramatic scenery—hosted the 2012 Irish Open, so it’s not a complete unknown to the professional world. Nevertheless, without much of a track record, there’s a tad more intrigue, and uncertainty, on how the proceedings at Portrush will shake out.
But when digging into past, an answer emerges, an emphatic one at that.
The question was simple: Who wins when the U.S., British Open or PGA is held at a new venue? For our analysis, what constituted “new” was a course that hadn’t hosted a major in the previous 20 years, thereby offering a different field (save for a handful of leftovers) from its last go-around.
With that equation in mind, there were 12 instances of a major visiting a “new venue” since 2000. The number in parentheses is the player’s OWGR the week before his win:
2018: Brooks Koepka (4), Bellerive Country Club
2017: Justin Thomas (14), Quail Hollow Club
2017: Brooks Koepka (22), Erin Hills
2015: Jordan Spieth (2), Chambers Bay
2013: Justin Rose (5), Merion Golf Club
2012: Rory McIlroy (3), Kiawah Island
2008: Tiger Woods (1), Torrey Pines
2006: Tiger Woods (1), Liverpool
2004: Vijay Singh (2), Whistling Straits
2003: Jim Furyk (10), Olympia Fields Country Club
2002: Tiger Woods (1), Bethpage State Park
2001: David Toms (23), Atlanta Athletic Club