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[Golf~LIVE]4k]* The Open 2023 Live Online Free Coverage 22 July 2023

The final major of this thrilling 2023 golf season has arrived with The Open Championship done celebrating its sesquicentennial and moving on to the 151st playing of the R&A’s famed tournament. Royal Liverpool hosts for the first time in nine years as the Claret Jug returns to Hoylake, England, for the 13th time overall with a loaded field ready to scrap for the chance to hoist it Sunday.



The Open Championship went through a stretch where a select few golfers repeatedly won the title. In the past 10 years, that has changed.

The competition will be stiff for McIlroy, though. Scottie Scheffler seeks to put a capper on an extraordinary statistical season, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm are each aiming to win their second respective majors of the year, and Rickie Fowler hopes to put forth an effort similar to the one he did last time at Royal Liverpool when he finished second to Rory.

Cameron Smith enters as the reigning champion, but all eyes will be on Rory McIlroy for the second straight year. The Northern Irishman has been playing some of the best golf of his career lately, and he’s coming off a win at the Scottish Open last week that could serve as a prelude to him capturing his first major championship in nine years. McIlroy ended atop the leaderboard the last time Royal Liverpool hosted the Open in 2014; his last major (PGA Championship) also came that year, which was also the last time Rory won back-to-back tournaments in as many weeks.

Between 2000 and 2012, three golfers won multiple times: Tiger Woods won three times, while Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els won twice. Only six other golfers won it. But since then, it has been a first-time winner every time.

And over that span, the purse and prize money have jumped significantly. In 2013, the total purse was just over $8 million, with the winner receiving roughly $1.4 million. In 2023, the purse is more than three times as much at $16.5 million, with the first-place finisher to receive $3 million.

Could this be the year the Open Championship sees its first repeat winner since Els in 2012? Rory McIlroy, Cameron Smith and Collin Morikawa are viewed by oddsmakers as the most likely golfers to win their second title\\..>_<..//


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