For the first time since 2014, all eyes are on Hoylake.
The best players in the world have made their way to Royal Liverpool for the 2023 Open Championship, the final men’s major of the year.
Cam Smith, after his come-from-behind victory at the Old Course last season, enters the week as the defending champion. He admitted Monday that he was a bit emotional returning the Claret Jug.
The man he chased down at St. Andrews, Rory McIlroy, won the title of Champion Golfer of the Year nine years ago when the Open last came to this historic venue.
Both players won the last event they played in: Smith at LIV Golf London, and McIlroy at the Genesis Scottish Open.
Royal Liverpool | Par 71 | 7,383 yards
#TheOpenChampionship field history since 2014.
-Includes average finish position and Strokes Gained average per round. Players are sorted by SG: Total.
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