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Historic Muirfield Plays Host To The Golf Open Championship

Posted on 21. Jul, 2013 by in Golf

The 142nd Golf Open Championship, also called the British Open, kicked off on Thursday at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. The club is officially known as The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and has a very distinguished history. Here is some interesting information on this celebrated course and tournament.

Muirfield is one of the world’s first golf courses. It is credited as the birthplace of the initial written rules of golf, recorded in 1744. Over the years, Muirfield has hosted 15 Open Championships. The first one was in 1892 and the most recent 2002.

Golf’s four major championships are the Masters, US Open, British Open and the PGA Championship. Of the four, the British Open is considered by many golfers to be the most unpredictable. England is known for its crazy weather that can change very quickly.  The courses on which the British Open is played are renowned for their hidden twists and turns.

The winner of the Golf Open Championship is presented with the The Golf Open Champion Trophy, also called the Claret Jug. Some of the greatest names in golf including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Ernie Els and Nick Faldo have claimed the prize.

Winning the Golf Open Championship is one of the most difficult feats in sports. This year’s tournament will be another example of golf competition at the highest level.

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