Who leads the open?
Collin Morikawa is in the lead after disaster for Louis Oosthuizen. Collin Morikawa has taken the lead at the Open Championship. Morikawa's third shot on the par 5 No. 7 from just short of the green was a brilliant little runner up to a few feet from the pin. The Athletic2021 British Open: Collin Morikawa wins the 149th Open Championship; full leaderboard
Where is Royal St Georges Open?
George's. The second round of the 2021 Open Championship — or British Open, as some refer to it in America — is underway at Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England. Detroit Free PressOpen Championship 2021: Leaderboard, live updates from second round at Royal St. George's
Who won the British Open this year?
Collin Morikawa Wins the British Open in His First Appearance. The American golfer played a flawless final round at Royal St. George's, holding off all challengers to finish at 15 under, two strokes ahead of Jordan Spieth. The New York TimesCollin Morikawa Wins the British Open in His First Appearance
Who made the cut for the British Open 2021?
A day after Bryson DeChambeau ignited a controversy by saying that his driver “sucks,” the 2020 U.S. Open champion shot an even-par 70 and made the cut on the number at the 2021 British Open at Royal St. George's. usatoday.comBryson DeChambeau makes the cut at the 2021 British Open, then apologizes again for saying his driver 'sucks'
18 July, 2021 - 08:01pm
The Open Championship is back with a bang after nearly two years of absence. The R&A announced earlier this month the purse of this week's 2021 Open at Royal St. George's has been increased to $11.5 million, which is on par with the three other major championships. The winner's share would be north of $2 million for the first time in the 149-year history of this event.
The increase represents a $750,000 overall bump from 2019 and only a modest increase in the winner's share from $1.94 million to $2.07 million. The $11.5 million purse is the same as the Masters but slightly less than the U.S. Open ($12.5 million) and PGA Championship ($12 million).
"We have increased the prize fund for The Open this year and believe that it fully reflects the Championship's stature in world sport," said R&A CEO Martin Slumbers. "As the only men's major championship played outside of America, The Open has a global role to play and we are determined to continue to attract the top players. We are further enhancing the status of our professional championships at the same time as making good progress towards our investment of 200 million pounds over 10 years in growing golf around the world."
This is all a far cry from the first 31 Opens, which included purses under 100 pounds and some of which did not include a payout at all. This year's purse is tantamount to a little over 8 million pounds. The Open first surpassed the 5 million pounds mark at none other than Royal St. George's when Darren Clarke won back in 2011.
Here's a look at the payouts for everyone who makes the cut.
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18 July, 2021 - 04:57am
United States' Collin Morikawa celebrates after a birdie putt on the 14th hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Collin Morikawa is the champion golfer of the year.
Morikawa captured the British Open on Sunday for his second major championship in two years. It was his first time playing the British Open, just like it was his first time playing the PGA Championship when he won at Harding Park last year.
The 24-year-old American remarkably played the final 31 holes at Royal St. George's without a bogey. Starting the final round one shot behind, he closed with a 66 for a two-shot victory over Jordan Spieth.
For Louis Oosthuizen, it was more heartbreak. The South African fell out of the lead with a bunker-to-bunker bogey on the par-5 seventh hole. He was four behind Morikawa at the turn and never could catch up.
Oosthuizen was runner-up in the last two majors. He tied for third with U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm.
Spieth was left to rue his bogey-bogey finish on Saturday, including a 2-foot par putt he missed on the 18th. Spieth shot a 66.
Morikawa finished at 15-under 265. That's the lowest score in the 15 times the British Open has been played at Royal St. George's.
Morikawa now has five victories in his two years since turning pro. That includes two majors and a World Golf Championship. He moves to No. 3 in the world.
Collin Morikawa is closing in on the claret jug.
Morikawa was leading by one shot when his wedge to the par-5 14h failed to stay on the top ledge. No problem. The 24-year-old American rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to extend his lead to two shots over Jordan Spieth.
Still to come are the final four holes for Morikawa. Spieth narrowly missed long birdie chances on the 15th and 16th holes and was running out of holes.
Morikawa has gone 27 consecutive holes without making a bogey dating to the fifth hole of the third round at Royal St. George's.
Jordan Spieth has reduced Collin Morikawa's lead to one shot at the British Open.
Spieth followed up a 12-foot birdie putt at the 13th hole by hitting a wedge to 6 feet at the par-15 No. 14 and making another putt for birdie.
He has four birdies in six holes and moved to 13 under.
Morikawa has four straight pars on the back nine being played in glorious late-afternoon conditions at the links off Sandwich Bay.
Collin Morikawa has made it to the turn with a three-shot lead at Royal St. George's.
He made putts from 6 feet at No. 8 and around 15 feet at No. 9 to make it three straight birdies. He is at 14 under.
Louis Oosthuizen has yet to make a birdie in his final round and is 2 over for the day, four strokes behind Morikawa. He started with a two-stroke lead.
Oosthuizen has been overtaken by Jordan Spieth, who has rolled in back-to-back birdies around the turn and is in second place.
Dustin Johnson birdied the last hole for a 67 and was 7 under for the tournament.
Louis Oosthuizen is out of the lead at the British Open for the first time since the 12th hole of the second round.
He bogeyed the par-5 seventh hole after going from one greenside bunker to another and leaving himself an awkward position to get near the pin. He two-putted from distance and fell two shots behind Collin Morikawa.
Morikawa had a tap-in birdie at a hole where Jordan Spieth and Corey Conners had just made eagle, and was 12 under for the tournament.
Spieth is three shots behind Morikawa.
Brooks Koepka shot 65 and has the clubhouse lead at 8 under.
Louis Oosthuizen has made his first bogey on the front nine all week at the British Open.
He missed the green short and right of the fourth hole and took the safe route by playing well beyond the flag to use the slope. He still had 25 feet for par and missed.
Collin Morikawa also missed the green but saved his par with a 10-foot putt. That left them tied at 11-under par.
Jordan Spieth spent his first hour making tough par putts. He finally missed on the fourth hole and remains three shots behind.
The idea for Sunday at Royal St. George's is to get through the opening five holes without too much damage. Most of the scoring in the final round has started on the sixth.
Louis Oosthuizen has started his final round of the British Open, his latest bid to finally get another major.
No one has played them better this year without winning.
Oosthuizen has been atop the leaderboard in six of his last 10 rounds in the majors — just never after the final round. The 38-year-old South African has been runner-up in the last two majors. His mentor, Ernie Els, is the only player in history to be runner-up in three straight majors.
Oosthuizen had a one-shot lead over Collin Morikawa, who is going after his second major at age 24. Both had 15-foot birdie chances on the opening hole and settled for pars.
Jon Rahm sets out to try to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2000 to win the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year.
Recent history is not on his side.
Phil Mickelson in the 2013 British Open at Muirfield is the last player to win a major when starting the final round more than four shots out of the lead. Rahm shot a 65 on Saturday to get within five shots of the lead.
Mickelson had eight players ahead of him when he rallied from five shots behind at Muirfield. Rahm only had five players in front of him. Mickelson closed a 66, one of the great rounds in British Open history. Rahm might need something similar.
On another perfect day, there already have been been three rounds of 65 and two rounds of 66. Brooks Koepka is 5 under for his round through 12 holes.
Bryson DeChambeau finished a challenging week at the British Open with a 5-under 65 and a belief he can challenge for the claret jug at St. Andrews next year.
DeChambeau was bogey-free around Royal St. George’s in his final round and shot in the 60s for the first time in a week in which he got embroiled in a row with his club manufacturer and saw his beef with Brooks Koepka continue.
DeChambeau says he “understood a little bit more how to play Open Championship-style golf” and could have shot 9 under if he’d been better on the greens.
He expects to play the Scottish Open next year, a week before the British Open at the home of golf. He has never played the Old Course.
DeChambeau says “if I can drive it really well, I think there’ll be a lot of opportunities. I’ve heard that. Hey, maybe next year is the golden ticket for me.”
Lee Westwood soon will be setting the record for playing in the most majors without winning one.
That's not stopping the 48-year-old Englishman enjoying himself in the final round at the British Open.
Westwood rolled in a long putt from the back of the green at the par-3 seventh hole for eagle and that brought him back into the red numbers at Royal St. George's.
Still, at 1 under, he is 11 shots off the lead in his 88th major appearance.
Jay Haas previously held the men's record for most majors without a win, at 87.
Rickie Fowler shot 5-under 65 for the lowest round so far.
The sun is shining, the sky is blue and cloudless, and the flags are barely fluttering atop the grandstand at No. 18 that will be welcoming a British Open champion in about eight hours.
The final round is well underway at Royal St. George's and the conditions couldn't be more pleasant for the world's best golfers.
Louis Oosthuizen leads on 12-under 198 and is looking to end a run of near misses at the majors to win his second claret jug after 2010.
The South African is a shot clear of former PGA champion Collin Morikawa and they go out at 2.35 p.m. local time. Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth is a further two strokes back.
There has been some decent scoring already. Kevin Kisner went out on his own at 8 a.m. and shot 68. Brendan Steele was 4 under and bogey-free at the turn.
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17 July, 2021 - 12:00am
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Published: 06:00, 17 July 2021
Tens of thousands of golf fans have been flocking to Kent as The 149th Open comes to the county.
Sandwich is hosting the tournament, where the world's top players have been competing for the Claret Jug at the Royal St George's Golf Course.
Crowds of up to 32,000 have turned out each day of the championship, which ends tomorrow (Sunday).
It is the biggest sporting event hosted in Kent this year, having been postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Even One Direction star Niall Horan was seen at the tournament during the first full day of the competition.
As well as being a boost for the visitor economy and hospitality businesses, the return of The Open to Royal St George’s is the perfect showcase for the county.
Rachel Appleyard, owner of the Sittingbourne Golf Centre in Church Road, Tonge, said there are a number of fun ways for the whole family to get into the sport and enjoy it.
She said: "Golf, now, is for anyone, quite literally. We've had kids come along as young as two with their parents and have a try and, since March last year, there has been a massive uptake and it's across the board: children, girls, women, men, everybody."
At the venue, people can have golfing lessons, play a normal game of golf or foot golf.
Rachel said: "We are a starting centre and a learning centre. If people want to learn to play golf or improve their game, they will come here. It's perfect for beginners, children and parties."
The golfing venue’s driving range is also being refurbished and extended, while new facilities are being added including an 18-hole adventure golf course, a children’s play area and two sports pitches.
Its new adventure golf course is planned to open to the public in time for the October school half-term this year, while the revamped driving range is set for the end of the year.
Other places to get your golf fix include Mr Mulligan's Dino Golf in Tonbridge – an 18-hole family friendly course for all ages, which is open every day of the week.
The Jurassic Park-style golf adventure course opened in 2017, with a fascinating water feature, mysterious objects and giant prehistoric creatures.
Pirate Cove Adventure Golf at Bluewater is described as being a "swashbuckling adventure day for all ages".
There at two 18-hole courses and players are invited to climb aboard Captain Jim’s pirate ship or adventure around the smugglers' caves, where legend says Captain Jim has hidden his treasure.
Strokes Adventure Golf in Margate is an 18-hole mini-golf course surrounded by rockscapes, plants and water features.
There is also Lillyputt Mini Golf in Broadstairs, which is open daily from 10am.
According to its website, it has a "championship-designed", heritage mini-golf course, based on Arnold Palmer’s original designs and complete with a windmill.
Quex Adventure Golf in Birchington-on-Sea is open weekdays from 10am-4pm, and weekends from 10am-5pm, from April to September.
And then, from October to December, from 11am-3pm weekdays, and 10am-5pm on weekends and during school holidays.
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It offers 18 holes of golf, with all sorts of bumps and hazards to challenge players, and if a player manages to beat Hole 18, they'll get a free game.
Meanwhile, a free crazy golf course opened in an unlikely place in 2019.
Rochester Cathedral became home to the most holy, nine-hole course in Kent, when The Adventure Golf challenge was set up in the place of worship's medieval nave.
The theme was bridges and each hole was accompanied by a different model including a mini Rochester bridge and Dartford Crossing.
It was paid for by Rochester Bridge Trust, the charity which runs the town's river crossings and it hoped it would encourage young people to learn more about the engineering behind bridges and boost church congregation numbers.
An escape rooms in the county is also set to open an adventure golf course.
Prison Island, in the former Zee Bar in Maidstone High Street, has 23 rooms with Crystal Maze-style tasks and puzzles for punters to complete.
Brothers Mike and Chris Knell, who run the business, are looking to expand their remit to include an adventure golf course with a bar area.
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