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FIFE, SCOTLAND - World No. 1 and FedEx Cup leader Scottie Scheffler has four wins this season, including his first career major championship title at the Masters. Ten players (17 instances) have won five or more times in a season including multiple majors. Most recently, Jordan Spieth did so in 2014-15 (5 wins, 2 majors). The last player to win five times in a season on Tour was Justin Thomas in 2016-17. Scheffler, who is making his 13th major start, finished T-8 in his Open Championship debut in 2021.
Jon Rahm is in search of his second career major championship title and second Tour win this season. Rahm, who became the first player from Spain to win the U.S. Open when he won in 2021, finished T-3 at the 2021 Open Championship. The only player from Spain to win The Open Championship was Seve Ballesteros (1979, 1984, 1988). Rahm enters the week having made the cut in each of his last 14 starts, the longest active streak on Tour. His last missed cut was at the season-opening Fortinet Championship).
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Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion, has not won a major since the start of 2015. McIlroy won the final two majors of 2014 (The Open Championship, PGA Championship) and has 16 Top-10s in majors since then, the most of any player in that span. McIlroy recently moved into a tie for 31st on the all-time PGA TOUR wins list with his 21st career title at the 2022 RBC Canadian Open.
Reigning FedEx Cup Champion Patrick Cantlay is the highest-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking (No. 4) without a major championship title.
The only player to win THE PLAYERS Championship and The Open Championship in the same year is Jack Nicklaus (1978).
2022 PLAYERS winner Cameron Smith can join him with a win.
Eleven players qualified for The Open Championship via the Open Qualifying Series at PGA Tour events this season: Chris Kirk and Talor Gooch at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard; Wyndham Clark and Keith Mitchell at the RBC Canadian Open; J.T. Poston, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Emiliano Grillo at the John Deere Classic; Kurt Kitayama, Brandon Wu and Jamie Donaldson at the Genesis Scottish Open; and Trey Mullinax at the Barbasol Championship. Mullinax earned the final spot in The Open with his win last week which was the first of his PGA Tour career. He also earned a spot in next season's Sentry Tournament of Champions, the PLAYERS Championship and PGA Championship.
The Old Course at St Andrews Links is playing host for this week's Open Championship, the 150th edition of the championship and the 2022 season's final major. This is the 30th time that St Andrews has hosted The Open.
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The 150th Open Championship | Tournament Facts
COURSE: St. Andrews Links (Old Course), Fife, Scotland
YARDS/PAR: 7,313 yards/Par 72
ARCHITECT: Established in 1552
PRIZE Money - Purse/Winner’s Share: $14,000,000/$2,500,000
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Collin Morikawa
PAST RESULTS: (link)
PAST CHAMPIONS: (link)
FEDEx CUP Points to Winner: 600
TV COVERAGE: The first two rounds (today and July 15) are scheduled for TV coverage from 4:00am to 3:00pm (ET) on USA Network. On Saturday and Sunday, coverage is set for 5:00am to 7:00am (ET) on USA Network and 7:00am to 2:00pm (ET) on NBC.
PGA TOUR LIVE STREAMING: Live streaming coverage will run from 3:00am (ET) to 3:00pm (ET) on TheOpen.com both today and Friday. Peacock will also offer coverage today and Friday from 1:30am to 4:00am (ET and 3:00pm to 4:00pm (ET). Weekend streaming is only on TheOpen.com from 6:00am to 2:00pm (ET) on Saturday and 5:00am (ET to 1:00pm (ET).
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: Consult The Open Radio for further details.
The Open | The Basics
The Tee Times at The Open start today at 6:35am (local) - 1:35am (ET). and continue to 4:16pm (local)/11:16am (ET).
Weather: Showers and 58-degrees headlines the forecast for Fife, Scotland. A sticky 80% humidity level and a 60% chance of rain, as the wind blows at 13 mph, will challenge the golfers.
FedEx Cup Standings: (link)
PGA Tour Brunch will post before 2:00am (ET) Friday.
The Open - Field and Tee Times:
The Field: (link)
Tee Times: (link) - 6:35am (local)/1:35am (ET)
What They’re Saying
St Andrews, The Open Stand Test of Time (ESPN)
Fred Couples on Tiger: “He can win this thing.” (Golf Week/USA Today)
How to Watch The Open (Golf Week/USA Today)
FedEx Cup Standings (PGATourCom)
Sports Gambling, Daily Fantasy & Industry News
Expert Picks for The Open - (PGATourCom)
Sleeper Picks for The Open - (PGATourCom)
Rory Favored but Tiger a sports book liability (ESPN)
R&A CEO Says LIV Hurting Perception of Golf (ESPN)
Bridgestone Severs Sponsorship with LIV’s DeChambeau (GolfMag)
On This Day in Golf History
July 14, 1973 - Tom Weiskopf closed out a wire-to-wire win at The Open Championship at the Troon Golf Club, shooting a final round (70) to claim a four-stroke victory over Neil Coles and Johnny Miller. - Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
Camp St Andrews
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