151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Wirral
261,000 spectators at the 2023 Open
Last hosted in Wirral in 2014 when Rory McIlroy took the trophy, The Open delivered again 2023 as the the world's best golfers gathered to compete for the coveted Claret Jug.
In a riveting display of skill, precision, calm and sportsmanship, the 151st Open Golf Championship unfolded at the historic Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake.
From July 16th - 23rd July 2023, the renowned championship, one of golf's most prestigious events, showcased the world's top golfers as they battled the challenges of the course and the elements.
Set against the backdrop of the Welsh mountains, overlooking the Mersey, The Irish Sea and The Dee the championship captivated fans and left an indelible mark on the sport's history.
The 261,000 spectators immersed themselves in the atmosphere, culture and history of the tournament and enjoyed the relaxing Wirral countryside, beaches and villages overlooking The Dee, The Irish Sea and Wales.
The tournament featured a variety of activities and events for visitors to enjoy, including live music, food and drink, and opportunities to catch the play live and in real time.
Wirral and Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Royal Liverpool Golf Club, often affectionately referred to as Hoylake, boasts a storied history within the world of golf. Nestled amidst the idyllic surroundings of the Wirral Peninsula, the club has previously hosted this esteemed tournament on a number of occasions. The 151st Open Championship marked yet another chapter in Hoylake's legacy, reaffirming its status as a cherished venue for golf's most iconic clashes.
The Course and Challenges
The links-style course at Royal Liverpool presented a formidable challenge to the participants. With undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and unpredictable coastal winds, the course demanded precision and strategic gameplay from the golfers. The lush green fairways were juxtaposed with the rugged coastline, creating a visual spectacle that was matched only by the drama unfolding on the course.
True to its links nature, the Hoylake course was greatly influenced by the unpredictable British weather. Participants faced varying conditions, from calm and sunny spells to gusty winds and rain showers. The ever-changing weather added an additional layer of complexity to the championship, testing the adaptability and resilience of the players. Adaptation to these changing conditions often proved to be the key differentiator on the leaderboard.
Despite an early first round lead from local Southport born, golfer Tommy Fleetwood, one player kept his calm in the wild conditions and emerged as the victor, etching his name into the annals of golfing history.
With a display of unwavering skill, calm and nerves of steel, Brian Harman, the underdog, left hander from Savannah, Georgia, secured the title of Open Golf Champion with a six shot lead.
Harman banked 600 FedExCup points and $3 million of the record prize fund of $16.5 million
Big Thanks to the volunteers, Wirral staff, Merseytravel, the numerous venues... to everyone
What an amazing job!
In sun and rain, with good humour and a friendly smile they looked after, ushered, catered for, hosted, entertained and transported hundreds of thousands across the 8 days and helped made this such a memorable event. Thank you!
And what a crowd
Just some of the memories
And a big thank you for photographer Mark McNulty for his wonderful images
Want to play on Wirral's World Class Championship Golf Courses?
To experience the Championship course at Royal Liverpool check the visitor details here.
Or to explore the many other wonderful Wirral golf clubs check here.
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