The Open or The British Open

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By Frank P

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  1. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    Yesterday's telecast on Golf Channel started the great debate once again. I have always said The British Open. OK Team Titleist, what's your preference?

  2. 19hole

    Reading, MA

    It is the "Open Championship".
  3. David ARK

    David ARK
    Sayville, NY

    I prefer “The Open Championship”
  4. Open Championship for me
  5. Joey L

    Joey L
    Foster City

    I like British Open better.
  6. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    It is called The Open Championship.....

    The four majors are as follows: The Masters, The U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship.
  7. Gary D

    Gary D
    Cranston, RI

    If you're In Great Britain, its "The Open", if you are not in Great Britain, its "the British Open". There are a lot of national "Open's" and you need to differentiate between them, unless you're in Great Britain.
  8. Dr. Kovatchian

    Dr. Kovatchian

    British Open.
  9. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    If we call all the others by their host country (US, Scottish, Irish, Canadian, etc.) and they are all open to any nationality of qualifying golfer, why do they insist on calling the British Open "The Open"? Just because it's the oldest open championship or is it so they can play courses in Ireland and Scotland without confusion over their national championships? If it's really "The Open" i say have the R&A play it world-wide. Go to Royal Melbourne, Pebble Beach, or other great courses around the world. I personally don't feel calling it the British Open in any way detracts from the great championship that it is.
  10. Joshua B

    Joshua B

    Being a hotdog eating, sleeve cutting off, red white and blue headcover wearing, freedom loving, cry every time the national anthem (when sung right)is sung American that I am....gotta go with the US Open. I know more about the courses and story lines from here in New England...and the course is the real star during majors!
  11. Barry B

    Barry B
    Lake St Louis, MO

    The Open Championship.
  12. Scott D

    Scott D
    Rumford, RI

    “The Open Championship” is what I’ve always known it as.
  13. vurich

    First Tee Box

    The original founders, if you do proper research, called it, "THE BRITISH OPEN."

    End of discussion.

    Doesn't matter what anyone thinks.

    It's verified and certified on video.


  14. 19hole

    Reading, MA

    vurich said:

    The original founders, if you do proper research, called it, "THE BRITISH OPEN."

    End of discussion.

    Doesn't matter what anyone thinks.

    It's verified and certified on video.


    Sorry, but in the UK it has always been The Open or The Open Championship. The link below is from the history of The Open....
  15. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    vurich said:

    The original founders, if you do proper research, called it, "THE BRITISH OPEN."

    End of discussion.

    Doesn't matter what anyone thinks.

    It's verified and certified on video.


    Tournament name
    In Britain, the tournament is best known by its official title, The Open Championship, or simply the Open.[22] Outside of the United Kingdom, the tournament is often referred to as the "British Open" to disambiguate the tournament from other national open golf tournaments, such as the U.S. Open. Likewise, the Masters and PGA Championship are often referred to as the "U.S. Masters" and "U.S. PGA Championship" outside of the United States, the latter being distinguished in the UK from the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship.[23][24] In recent years, the R&A has worked to discourage media outlets from referring to the event as the British Open; for instance, the tournament's current television deal with U.S. network NBC contractually forbids the broadcaster from doing so. NBC presenter Johnny Miller admitted that during their first year as broadcaster, he sometimes had to correct himself on-air after accidentally referring to the event as the British Open.[22] The Open's women's counterpart, however, is officially titled the Women's British Open.
  16. Scott D

    Scott D

    The British Open end of discussion
  17. 19hole

    Reading, MA

    Scott D said:

    The British Open end of discussion

    It is impossible that it is the British Open. It is and can be held in any country that is part of the United Kingdom. This would be England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There are very few, if any, Scots that would call themselves a Brit. They are Scots. The national championship that crowns "The Champion Golfer of The Year" is The Open Championship or simply The Open.

    If you look closely at my avatar you will see that it clearly state " The Senior Open Championship", not the British Sr Open.

    Only those outside of the UK call it the British Open.

  18. Dino J

    Dino J
    Burnaby, BC

    Britain generally refers to the home nations of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (not the Republic of Ireland) -- whereas Great Britain has historically been referred to as the 4 home nations plus the territories and protectorates, etc. (such as Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Gibraltar - if my memory serves me correctly, and others).

    The proper name of Britain would be the United Kingdom or the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

    My recollection is that it has always been called the British Open ... (at least since before WWII). Should it be called "the Open Championship"? I suppose it could be in that it is unique enough and was the first national championship. Just as the Masters should always be referred to as the Masters -- any other tournament called the Masters should be called by their prefix (ie: Australian Masters, the British Masters, etc.) as the Masters was the creation of Booby Jones Jr. and Clifford Roberts.
  19. Chris C

    Chris C
    Quitman, GA

    I think when comparing to other events I'll refer to it as "The British Open", but during the month of July its "The Open", or "The Open Championship"
  20. Lance P

    Lance P
    Hillsborough, NC

    If I say "The Open" not many know which Open I'm speaking of...but if I say "British Open" most everyone gets the gist.

    Either way you say it is a fantastic test of golf and my favorite tourney of the year!
  21. Well for my entire life, it was the British Open. Then about 5 years ago, maybe longer(probably), the R&A made a concerted effort to drop the "British". Ill call it the Open if that makes them happy! I was just watching old "British Open" highlights on the Golf Channel from the 80's, and it was the British Open. So if someone calls it the British Open, dont act like they are crazy, because even the R&A were calling it that. For me, I'll take the US Open, but the USGA is making it harder and harder to enjoy it. Oakmont was the last one I really enjoyed. You can leave the greens around 11/12, and still have a tough test. Playing on old courses with Greens designed to roll around 8, and the USGA gets them to 14, its almost unwatchable. The R&A have got right in recent memory. Mike Davis...
  22. Rooster

    West Wareham, MA

    The open championship all the way. The pro's whine about the us open (pins' too hard, greens too firm, etc...) but they dare not say anything about the open, The R&A will tell them what they think about their comments..
  23. mark w

    mark w
    Dallas, TX

    The Open Championship.

    I am really turned off by the way the U.S. Open course(s) get tricked up to make it harder or more challenging for the tournament.
  24. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Looks like we agree to disagree. So I guess the yanks will refer to it as the British Open so they will not get confused. As a southern yank I will continue calling it with respect to it's proper name, The Open Championship or for short The Open. You know that old saying, if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, flies like a duck, it's usually a duck. So we call it a duck. With respect to all.
  25. It has to be "The Open" and I am pretty sure most of the pros on tour would want to win "The Open" at St Andrews.
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