The Open Championship | Leaderboard

The Open Championship, or simply The Open (sometimes referred to as the British Open), is the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf. Held in the United Kingdom, it is administered by The R&A and is the only major outside the United States. The Open is currently the third major of the calendar year, following The Masters and US Open, and preceeding the PGA Championship. 

This year, the 147th Open Championship will be staged at Carnoustie. Jordan Spieth is the defending champion. 

The Open Leaderboard

There are a number of medals and trophies that are, or have been, given for various achievements during The Open.

  •     The Challenge Belt – awarded to the winner from 1860 until 1870, when Young Tom Morris won the belt outright by winning the Championship three years in a row.

  •     The Golf Champion Trophy (commonly known as the Claret Jug) – replaced the Challenge Belt and has been awarded to the winner since 1873 although Young Tom Morris, the winner in 1872, is the first name engraved on it.

  •     Gold medal – awarded to the winner. First given out in 1872 when the Claret Jug was not yet ready, and since awarded to all champions.

  •     Silver medal – awarded since 1949 to the leading amateur completing the final round.

  •     Bronze medal – awarded since 1972 to all other amateurs completing the final round.