On July 17, the world’s best golfers will tee up to compete in the British Open at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in the hopes of winning the iconic Claret Jug, or to use its proper name, The Golf Champion Trophy. Last year’s winner, American Phil Mickelson, will be back to defend his position against 155 competitors, including Tiger Woods, who will be making his post-injury comeback (the former poster-child hasn’t won a major championship in over six years), and Martin Kaymer, the only player to win The Players Championship and the U.S. Open in the same year.
The competition, which runs through July 20, dates back to 1860 when the first Open was played at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. It is the oldest of four major professional golf championships and the only one not held in the United States. With a location that changes every year, the Open is most frequently held on one of nine courses in England and Scotland, although earlier this month the event’s organizing arm, R&A, said the Open Championship would return to Northern Ireland, at the Royal Portrush Golf Club, in the near future, possibly in 2019. The tournament was last held at Royal Portrush in 1951.
Visitors will be able to watch the competition from 21,000 free public seats that will be set up around the course at Royal Liverpool (or Hoylake, as it’s more commonly known), and get the John Hancock of their favorite players from a specially designated autograph area. Chances are, if you haven’t already booked tickets to The Open, you’re out of luck for scoring seats this year, but next year, the Open—which will be held from July 12 to 19 at Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland—will be a special Shore Excursion aboard Celebrity Silhouette’s 12-Night British Isles cruise next July 15. Check out our website for more details.