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Golf Championships & International Matches

Welcome to The R&A’s Championships website. Along with The Open, The R&A manages a series of prestigious golf championships and International team matches, including The Amateur Championship, The Walker Cup, The Curtis Cup and the Senior Open. The website provides up-to-date information, live scoring, video and results from these events as well as news updates, social media feeds and links to the World Amateur Golf Ranking™.

Championships and International Matches staged by The R&A

Professional Championships

The R&A organises a number of Major Championships for the world’s leading professional golfers.

Played on iconic links golf courses since 1860, The Open is golf’s oldest and most international major. It was founded by pioneering golfers who had one guiding principle - to crown the Champion Golfer of the Year.

The Senior Open is staged with the European Senior Tour and it has featured some of the world’s greatest golfers over the age of 50, including Gary Player, Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer.

Following the merger with the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU), The R&A will organise the Ricoh Women’s British Open in conjunction with IMG. The Championship was founded by the LGU in 1976 is one of the five Major Tournaments for professional women golfers and includes a field of golfers from nations across the world.

THE OPEN

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The Open

THE SENIOR OPEN

WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

The Open is golf’s oldest championship and was founded by pioneering golfers who had one guiding principle - to crown the Champion Golfer of the Year.

Played since 1860 on iconic links golf courses, it is the sport’s most international major championship with qualifying events on every continent.

For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.

The Open has produced a remarkable legacy of great champions.

From earlier greats such as Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Henry Cotton and Walter Hagen through modern legends such as Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros to the exceptional talents of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, the greatest players in the world have faced the unrelenting challenge of The Open for more than 150 years.

THE SENIOR OPEN

2017 Seniors Open Championship Royal Porthcawl

The Open

THE SENIOR OPEN

WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

The Senior Open was first played in 1987 at Turnberry, and since 1992, has featured on the European Senior Tour’s schedule.

In 2002, it was designated as the fifth major championship on the PGA Tour Champions schedule.

The Senior Open has been won by some of the world’s greatest golfers.Gary Player and Tom Watson jointly hold the record for the most Championship wins (3), while Brian Barnes, Bob Charles, Bernhard Langer, Christy O'Connor Jnr and Loren Roberts have each won the Senior Open twice.

Player, Charles and Watson are the only golfers to have won both The Open and the Senior Open. Royal Portrush has hosted the Senior Open six times, Turnberry on five occasions and Royal Lytham & St Annes four times.

WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

2017 Womens British Open at Kingsbarns

The Open

THE SENIOR OPEN

WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

The Ricoh Women’s British Open was founded in 1976 by the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and was first played at Fulford.

The Championship is one of the five Major Tournaments for professional women golfers and includes a field of international golfers from many nations across the world.

Australian Karrie Webb and the United States’ Sherri Steinhauer jointly hold the record for most number of wins in the Ricoh Women’s British Open with three titles each, while South Korea leads the list for the number of champions by nationality (5).

Woburn has hosted the Championship on ten occasions, while Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham & St Annes have both staged the event three times.

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