What you need to know

Golf lovers will enjoy the British Open Golf 2022 from July 14. The tournament will be an opportunity for many players to prove themselves. For the centenary and a half of this Grand Slam of Golf, here is everything you need to know.

Rory McIlroy returns to St Andrews course more than a decade later

It’s almost unreal but the former golf world No. 1 hadn’t walked the Old Course in St Andrews in The Open version for 12 years. Indeed, he had not been able to defend his title in 2015, the fault of an unfortunate injury suffered in the leg. It was during a football game with friends. During his stint in 2010, Rory had a successful first round. He had been able to sign a record card of 63 (-9) without bogey before finishing tied for third on Sunday evening. He also finished eight lengths behind the winner, the South African Louis Oosthuizen!

The weather will be

Weather forecasts are determining factors in a British Open. This is all the more important at St Andrews where the course struggles to defend itself when the playing conditions are favourable. There will be little or no precipitation on the program this week. On the other hand, it could be windy. An average speed of between 19 and 27 km/h is thus announced. We talk about gusts at 46 km / h on Friday at midday. But it is Saturday that should be decisive. Gusts of up to 56 km/h are expected in the morning. A threat that should not weaken throughout the day (over 50 km / h at times between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.).

An endowment of 14 million dollars

Never has an edition of the British Open been displayed such prize money. For the 150th anniversary of the oldest Major in history, the endowment will be $14 million, an increase of 22% compared to 2021 at Royal St George’s. The British Open 2022 will offer the winner a nice gain of 2.5 million dollars (2,474,837 euros). Note that the previous edition allowed Collin Morikawa to pocket 1,752,861 euros.

Only one French golfer in 2022

Victor Perez, thanks to his success on May 29 at the Dutch Open (beating New Zealander Ryan Fox in the play-off), is the only French representative involved in this 150th British Open in history. This is the seventh time in the last 30 editions that such a scenario has occurred after the years 1992 (Eric Giraud), 1994 (Jean Van de Velde), 1995 (Michel Besanceney), 2006 (Julien Guerrier (am)), 2013 (Grégory Bourdy) and 2018 (Alexander Lévy)…

Based in Dundee, winner in October 2019 of the Dunhill Links Championship (tournament played on the links of Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course), Victor Perez will feel a bit like home this week in St Andrews. Could this help him perform better? The tricolor golfer, 107th player in the world in the ranking of July 10, 2022, had not passed the cut in 2021 at Royal St George’s. He remains on five missed cuts in a row in Majors (US Open 2022, The Open 2021, US Open 2021, USPGA 2021, Masters 2021). Will this edition be the right one? We will see his journey in this Major tournament.


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