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THE OPEN

Rolex and golf

Located in north west England, Royal Birkdale Golf Club is well accustomed to hosting The Open. The year 2017 marks the tenth edition of this Championship held on its prestigious links.  Since the date of its founding in 1889, Royal Birkdale has provided ideal conditions for testing the pinnacle of golfing skill and ability, making it the perfect setting for golf’s original tournament.

Day-Date 40

The Oyster Perpetual

In 1956, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date made its debut. Available only in 18 ct gold or platinum, it was the first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial. With the President bracelet, originally created specially for it, the Day-Date continues to be the watch par excellence of influential people.

Arnold Palmer

The Open

The Open – Rolex and Golf
Rolex is honoured to be the Official Timekeeper of the Open. Discover more about Rolex and golf on the Official Rolex Website.

Arnold “The King” Palmer was golf’s trailblazer. This charismatic American holds a special place in golf legend, thanks as much to his natural talent as a player and his many victories on the course, as to his pioneering role in the history of the sport. He helped popularize the game and his two Open titles helped to reinforce the global dimension of golf’s original tournament. He leaves behind a golfing legacy that will reverberate for generations to come.

JORDAN SPIETH

JORDAN SPIETH

The Open

The year 2015 was a defining one for Jordan Spieth as he made history, at the age of 22, as the second youngest player to win two consecutive Majors. More top-level finishes crowned a season that heralded the making of a golf legend. Spieth now stands as one of the front-runners in the game’s original tournament, The Open 2017 at Royal Birkdale. A true champion, Spieth is ready to make history yet again.

PHIL MICKELSON

The Open

Phil Mickelson’s 2013 Open victory marked the pinnacle of an already brilliant golfing career. “It’s a special moment to be part of the great history of this championship, and a tremendous accomplishment for me and my career to win the event that has been my biggest challenge, and finally capture the Claret Jug,” said Mickelson after his victory. With five Major championships titles, the US golfer is one of the top contenders for The Open 2017 at Royal Birkdale.

Jason Day The Open
Jordan Spieth The Open

Brooks Koepka

The Open

Young US golfer Brooks Koepka dreams of winning The Open. With a top 10 finish at The Open 2015 and his first Major win in 2017, this rising talent with victories on both sides of the Atlantic is once again poised and ready to try for the one of the sport’s most coveted trophies. Koepka, who demonstrates a calm demeanour and powerful swing, will play to win at The Open 2017 at Royal Birkdale.

THOMAS PIETERS

THOMAS PIETERS

The Open

Belgian golfer Thomas Pieters has climbed up the golf rankings ever since turning professional in 2013. With impressive performances on the European Tour and in particular at the 2016 Ryder Cup, Pieters is building a solid career at the pinnacle of the sport. He may be one of the younger players on the field, but he is a tough competitor with the focus and ability to become Champion Golfer of the Year at The Open.

Jack Nicklaus The Open

Tom Watson

The Open

The Open – Rolex and Golf
Rolex is honoured to be the Official Timekeeper of the Open. Discover more about Rolex and golf on the Official Rolex Website.

Tom Watson is considered one of the most successful Open champions still playing today. He won The Open five times and in the span of only nine years – an unrivalled feat. With eight majors in total and 39 victories on the PGA Tour, this American icon has earned his place in golf legend.  His status as six-time PGA Player of the Year and No. 1 in the world from 1978 to 1982 have contributed to his reputation as one of the sport’s most enduring professional players; a phenomenon which he confirmed by winning the 2011 Senior PGA Championship at the age of 61, becoming the oldest player to win a major on the Senior Tour since it was created in 1980.

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