The Open will draw a record attendance of 290,000 to St Andrews in Scotland this year, organizers say.
Attendance will beat the previous record set in 2000 when Tiger Woods won the tournament in front of 239,000 spectators.
“The news that this will be the biggest championship ever is a phenomenal feat and reminds us of the enduring appeal of golf,” Premier Nicola Sturgeon said.
Organizers said they received more than 1.3 million applications in the poll, leading to the highest number of tickets issued to fans.
When is it?
The 150th edition of The Open will take place from July 10-17 at the Old Course, St Andrews.
What time will it start?
The first starters will be expected around 6am for the first round, although confirmed start times will be released closer to the event.
What TV channel is it on?
The 150th Open will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. You can also bookmark this page and follow Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of the four days.
Tiger Woods has confirmed he pulled out of the US Open in a bid to be fit for the St Andrews Open.
He missed the US Open at Brookline – which was won by Matt Fitzpatrick – but hopes taking a break will allow him to meet his playing commitments at both the JP McManus Pro-Am in Limerick on July 4-5 and at St Andrews, with the Open kicking off on July 10.
“I have previously informed the USGA that I will not be competing in the US Open as my body needs more time to get stronger for major championship golf,” Woods said on Twitter.
What happened last year?
Collin Morikawa held off a late push from Jordan Spieth to win at Royal St George’s, the imperious American finishing 15 under.
Telegraph Sport golf correspondent James Corrigan described Morikawa as “unbreakable, unmatchable and incredible” after adding the Open Championship to the US PGA title he won in 2020.
If anyone has any doubts about this Californian’s class, consider that he only turned pro in June 2019 and that was just his eighth major – and only Bobby Jones has won two more quickly. .
What are the latest odds?
Rory McIlroy 10/1
McIlroy shot under 63 in the first round of the 2010 Open at St Andrews, before being buffeted by high winds on Friday. His length off the tee makes the Old Course a good game, and McIlroy is having a very consistent 2022. The Northern Irishman ranks first for Strokes Gained Tee to Green on the PGA Tour this season, recently won in Canada and has finished in the top eight at all three majors this season. A single Claret Jug to his name, won at a responsive Hoylake in 2014 where The Open returns next year.
Last year’s US Open champion had a fairly quiet season despite winning in Mexico, bristling with suggestions that his betting let him down. His batting numbers remain class-leading and are heating up at the Open with finishes of T-11 and T-3 in his last two outings. Played a big role at US Open at Brookline before fading slightly on final day. Know that the Spaniard Seve Ballesteros won one of his three Opens at St Andrews.
Played stellar golf in 2022 with eight top-10 finishes, including winning his second major at the US PGA Championship in May. His iron game is superb, although his putt can be streaky and the odd destructive drive lurks. Not a great open form, but he is considered a good wind player who can pilot his approach shots in a number of ways.
Scottie Scheffler 14/1
No surprise to see the world No. 1 and Masters champion so prominent. Only made one Open appearance but that produced a T-8 finish at the quirky Royal St George’s last year which bodes well. No notable weaknesses when singing. Scheffler was understandably quiet in the weeks after Augusta, but recorded second-place finishes at Colonial and the US Open at Brookline.
Colin Morikawa 18/1
Defending champion after a stunning performance in Sandwich, Morikawa endured a disappointing year in which his short game fell short. This enviable iron game remains a strength though, with top-five finishes at the Masters and US Open he can be a great danger on the toughest courses. St Andrews is perhaps not so penalizing.
Matt Fitzpatrick 20/1
His US Open triumph may have surprised casual observers, but the Englishman has played superb golf all year, placing in the top 25 for all Strokes Gained categories on the PGA Tour. The improved distance and courses of the running links shouldn’t make length an issue, and his chipping and putting are excellent. Like Morikawa, might prefer a more demanding test than a St Andrews course that will produce birdies, weather permitting.