Open Golf Championship

The Met Office provides forecasts to the R&A for the Open Championships.

The biggest names in the world of golf once again head to Merseyside this July, as Hoylake hosts the 2014 Open Championship.

The biggest golfing stars, as well as thousands upon thousands of fans, will converge at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club between 13-20 July for the world's oldest major golf championship, and the only championship of the four majors to be held outside the US.

Last year's Open Championship took place at Muirfield in Scotland where American Phil Mickelson won. Tiger Woods won the last Open Golf contest held at Hoylake, and will again be playing this year.

Back to the events calendar.

Forecast

13-20 July - Check the weather forecast before heading to The Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Merseyside for the Open Golf Championship.

Whilst Scotland has dominated The British Open since it was first held in 1860 at Prestwick, with Scots winning the first 28 Open Championships, it has been the Americans who have been celebrating Open success in recent years. Darren Clarke ended a 12 year drought for a British winner in 2011 before South Africa's Ernie Els picked up the Claret Jug in 2012.

Golf and the weather

The Open Championship is always played on traditional links courses. Being on the coast they are renowned for hard, fast fairways which come from sunny days and drying winds. This makes for challenging competition, which can be accentuated by the typical British weather elements of wind, rain, fog or thunderstorms.

Rain makes conditions unpleasant for players and spectators alike, and can stop a competition if the greens and fairways flood. But it is thunderstorms that spell danger; lightning poses a significant risk to everyone on the course and play has to be suspended until the storm passes.

For further information about the Open visit the  Open golf official website.

You can check the weather forecast for other events through the Events Calendar.

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