The golf world is gearing up for the third major championship event of the year, the British Open. The 2013 edition will be held at Scotland’s Muirfield Golf Course, where the most talented golfers in the world will be tested by a demanding links course. As is usually the case at The Open, the best shot-makers will be revealed throughout the course of the tournament, as weather is sure to be a factor. Check out our preview below for some background on the course and the players that will compete on it in the only major championship to be held outside of the United States.
Located in East Lothian, Scotland, this privately owned links course will play host to the 142nd British Open golf tournament set to take place from July 18-21. The 2013 British Open will not be the first high-profile event to be held at the historic links course—Muirfield hosted the Ryder Cup in 1973 and has hosted the British Open 15 times in the past, with the first time coming in 1892 and most recent being in 2002, when Ernie Els took home the title for the first time.
Els, the defending 2012 champion, will again be among the participants at this year’s edition of the Open Championship. He will compete on a course that plays over 100 yards longer than last year’s host, Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. At 7,245 yards, Muirfield is the second-longest course to host the tournament since 2006. The most notable feature on the par-71 course is the fact that it is arranged in two loops of nine holes, one inside the other. The result is a course in which no more than three holes ever follow the same direction, increasing the difficulty exponentially on days when wind is a factor.
Scouting the 2013 British Open Field
As always, the talent at the British Open is among the best for any event on the PGA calendar. Past champions such as Els, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Padraig Harrington, Todd Hamilton, Ben Curtis, and, of course, Tiger Woods will compete for the Claret Jug this year.
Although Woods started the season on a torrid pace by racing out to four wins, he has since slowed; however, the 14-time major champion should not be counted out just yet, despite his recent struggles, which include a 32nd-place finish at the most recent major tournament, the US Open. Woods has traditionally had great success at this event, once posting a major championship record-low of -19 in 2000 at St. Andrew’s on his way to his first Open win. Woods added back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 to put him in rare company with golfers who have won three British Open championships.
Tiger’s longtime rival, Phil Mickelson, is still seeking his first title at The Open, and will be one to watch when the event gets underway. The lefty has traditionally struggled at this tournament, having placed in the top 10 only twice in 19 attempts, with his best effort coming in a second-place finish in 2011. The main question among golf fans, however, is whether he can overcome a devastating defeat at the US Open—the only other major he has never captured—in June, having entered the final round with the lead before Justin Rose eventually stormed ahead for the victory.
Perhaps the most prevalent storyline involves the man ranked directly behind Rose in the World Golf Rankings: Adam Scott. Many will be anxious to see how the fourth-ranked player and 2013 Masters champ fares in his return to The Open after a heartbreaking collapse in 2012 that saw the 32-year-old Australian falter down the stretch, bogeying the final four holes to lose by a single stroke.
With the aforementioned golfers being only a fraction of the entries in the star-studded field this year, the title is seemingly up for grabs in golf’s oldest major championship. Whether you are looking for a one-day pass or want to explore week-long ticket options, you can be in Scotland to witness every incredible shot with 2013 British Open tickets from Vivid Seats.
2013 British Open Schedule
July 14-17| Practice Rounds
July 18 | First Round
July 19 | Second Round
July 20 | Third Round
July 21 | Final Round