What You Need to Know About the 2018 British Open Tournament

A view of Carnoustie Golf Links from behind the 18th hole.
Carnoustie Links, site of the 2018 British Open. David Cannon/Getty Images

The Open Championship is one of the four major championships of professional golf. It is played every year in July on a links golf course, almost always in Scotland or England. The 2018 British Open will be the 147th time the tournament is played.

  • 2018 British Open Dates: July 19-22
  • Golf Course: Carnoustie Golf Links (Championship Course) in Angus, Scotland

Tickets for the 2018 British Open

All individual tickets and ticket packages for the 2018 Open are on sale on the tournament's official website, opengolf.com.

Ticket options include single-day passes (practice days £10, tournament days £55), a weekend bundle, and a weeklong pass. Youth and junior daily passes and parking passes can also be purchased, as well as tickets into special viewing pavilions.

The 2018 British Open Golf Course

This will be the eighth time that Carnoustie has been the site of the British Open, and the first since 2007. Carnoustie was first used as the Open site in 1931, and the winner was Tommy Armour.

Two of the Opens at Carnoustie really stand out. In 1953, Ben Hogan won in his only British Open appearance. That was the year that Hogan won all three major championships in which he played. And in 1999, Paul Lawrie won in a playoff after Jean Van de Velde's epic final-hole collapse.

Other years when Carnoustie was the tournament site (with winners in parentheses) were 1937 (Henry Cotton), 1968 (Gary Player), 1975 (Tom Watson) and 2007 (Padraig Harrington).

The Carnoustie course record is 64, first achieved in 1994 and most recently recorded by Alexander Noren in the European Tour's 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Golfers Already In the 2018 British Open Field

More than 60 golfers have already qualified to play in the 2018 British Open. Those golfers are:

Daniel Berger
Jonas Blixt
Danthai Boonma
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Mark Calcavecchia
Patrick Cantlay
Paul Casey
Kevin Chappell
Stewart Cink
Darren Clarke
Sean Crocker
Ben Curtis
John Daly
Cameron Davis
Jason Day
Jason Dufner
David Duval
Ernie Els
Tony Finau
Rickie Fowler
Sergio Garcia
Branden Grace
Emiliano Grillo
Adam Hadwin
Todd Hamilton
Li Haotong
Brian Harman
Padraig Harrington
Russell Henley
Lucas Herbert
Charley Hoffman
Jazz Janewattananond
Dustin Johnson
Zach Johnson
Matt Jones
Martin Kaymer
Si-Woo Kim
Kevin Kisner
Brooks Koepka
Matt Kuchar
Anirban Lahiri
Bernhard Langer
Paul Lawrie
Tom Lehman
Marc Leishman
Justin Leonard
Sandy Lyle
Hideki Matsuyama
Rory McIlroy
Phil Mickelson
a-Joaquin Niemann
Alex Noren
Shaun Norris
Louis Oosthuizen
Pat Perez
Jon Rahm
a-Doc Redman
Patrick Reed
Justin Rose
Xander Schauffele
Charl Schwartzel
Adam Scott
Shubhankar Sharma
Webb Simpson
Matthew Southgate
Jordan Spieth
Kyle Stanley
Henrik Stenson
Justin Thomas
Erik van Rooyen
Jhonattan Vegas
Jimmy Walker
Bubba Watson
Danny Willett
Gary Woodland
Tiger Woods


How Golfers Qualify to Play in the 2018 Open Championship

Golfers get into the tournament via one of two paths: automatic qualifying, by meeting one of 31 exemption categories; or by playing in and advancing through qualifying tournaments.

Exemption categories that result in automatic qualification include the winners of each of the 10 previous British Opens plus all previous British Open winners younger than 60, along with the Top 10 finishers from the 2017 British Open.

Winners in the past five years at each of the other three majors (The Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship) automatically get in, as do each of the past three winners of The Players Championship and BMW PGA Championship.

Members of the 2017 Presidents Cup teams gain berths, as do all the golfers who qualified for the 2017 Tour Championship on the PGA Tour plus the Top 30 golfers on the European Tour's 2017 Race to Dubai list.

Other exemption categories cover golfers in the Top 50 of the world rankings as of Week 21 in 2018; the current Senior British Open winner; the 2017 money leaders on the Asian Tour, Australasia Tour and Sunshine Tour; plus several qualifiers from the Japan Tour money list and the winner of the Japan Open.

Amateur golfers can also make the field by winning the British Amateur, U.S. Open or International European Amateur tournaments.

In all, 156 golfers will be be in the field.

Golfers who fail to meet one of the automatic qualifying criteria can attempt to play their way into the 2018 British Open through Open Qualifying Series tournaments. Fifteen European Tour and US PGA Tour events, plus events in Asia, are designated part of that series. There are also multiple local qualifying tournaments in Britain. A total of 47 spots in the tournament field will be awarded through the qualifying tournament. The official website, opengolf.com, has the full list of qualifying tournaments dates and sites.