Open Golf Championship

How will the weather impact the golfers as they compete?

The biggest names in the world of golf once again head to St. Andrews this July, as the Royal and Ancient Golf Club hosts the 2015 Open Championship for the 29th time.

The biggest golfing stars, as well as thousands upon thousands of fans, will converge at the Old Course, known as the 'Home of Golf', between 12-19 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 Hoylake in Liverpool where Rory McIlroy won, making him the third player in history to win three Major Championships by the age of 25.

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12-19 July - Check the weather forecast before heading to The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews 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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