History of Timepieces History of The Open and Rolex

For only the second time in the history of The Open, players are finishing the fourth and final round on a Monday.  Also, for the fist time since 1927, an amateur was leading the British Open after 54 holes and was tied for first at the end of the third round.  This important moment in golf history is accompanied by all of the watch brands sponsoring the players and also by the official timekeeper: Rolex.

The Open

On October 17th, 1860, the very first Open took place at Prestwick in competition for a Challenge Belt.   In 1871, Prestwick organized the competition jointly with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.  In 1892, the Open was doubled to 72 holes, making it the four rounds played today.  The Open wasn’t played outside of Scotland until 1894.  There are now nine courses used to host the championship, and every five years professionals return to play at the historic St Andrews Old Course.  While the Open was originally dominated by Scottish players, professional golfers from all over the world have played and won the title.  Both professionals and amateurs are open to play in the competition.  Only six victories from amateurs have occurred and only between 1890 and 1930.  Amateurs Paul Dunne and Jordan Niebrugge were both fighting their way to the top of the leader board in the 2015 championship.  Young professional Jordan Spieth attempted to win his third straight Masters title in one year, the first player since 1953 to complete this honor and the first player since the 1920s to win three majors before age 22.  With the win, Spieth would have also be named the world No. 1 player and move injured Rory McIlroy down the list.  The British Open

Official Timekeeper and Sponsor

Rolex Official Time KeeperThe 144th Open Championship is timed by Rolex.  The two have a long history together, and Rolex has an even longer relationship with professional golfers.  Since 1967, Rolex has been a leading supporter of players and organizations in golf and has helped encourage the growth of the sport worldwide.  For over 30 years, Rolex has been the Official Timekeeper of the Open Championship.  Rolex helps monitor the official Rules of Golf set out by both the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.  While being the official timekeeper, Rolex has also sponsored top players, and winners, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.  Combined, the three men have won 34 Majors including titles at the British Open.  Rolex has also sponsored top player, Tom Watson who just played in his 40th and final Open Championship and was proud to witness his farewell.  Another Rolex ambassador, Jordan Spieth, was aiming to win a third Masters Title this year.

The Open Championship also holds true to the key qualities found in the Rolex philosophy: precision, dedication, skill and excellence.  In addition, Rolex aims to further encourage and develop the game.  You can find Rolex clocks throughout the course, helping both players and spectators track the time and at the top of the leader-board next to the top names in the game.

Rolex watches are natural for sports as they feature sophisticated movements, are durable and water resistant.  Some of the best Rolex watches for golf include the Datejust, Explorer and Milgauss while Phil Mickelson prefers to wear his Cellini while playing and others prefer the Sea-Dweller.  The watches are practical yet mimic the elegant design of the historic golf courses.  Rolex is a brand that is committed to Golf, sponsoring not only the British Open but many tournaments and players around the world.  Keep an eye out for the Rolex ads and clock towers while you watch the final round of the Open at the historic St. Andrews Course in Scotland.


About Emily Smith
Newbie to watches but a quick learner. She loves the history of watches and loves learning how they work. She prefers Rolex and Omega watches but is learning the history behind other brands. Her watch of choice right now is her vintage Omega Ladymatic that is a mere 19mm. She has her eye on a few others including the Plum dial Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm and a Patek Twenty ~4 (4910/10 A011). While she enjoys the look of vintage watches, she is excited to learn about new models and build her collection.

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