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The Open Championship 2024: Records and Statistics

Xander Schauffele wins The Open Championship 2024 and receives a total of 3.1 million US-Dollars from the record prize pot. However, the record prize money is just one of many impressive and surprising statistics.

Schauffele wins the double and completes major sweep for the US

The newly crowned Champion Golfer of the Year, Xander Schauffele, is the first player since Brooks Koepka (2018) to win two majors in one calendar year. He is also the first golfer since Rory McIlroy (2014) to win the PGA Championship and The Open in one calendar year. The parallel: both triumphed at the PGA Championship in Valhalla. Schauffeles’ victory also continues an impressive run at the Open Championship. Since 2013, there have only been first-time winners of the Claret Jug at the Open Championship. This is the longest streak in the history of the tournament, together with the period from 1994 to 2004. Ernie Els in 2012 was the last “non-debut winner”. The proud golfing nation USA has produced all four reigning major winners for the first time since 1982. Incidentally, the British Open at that time was also played at Royal Troon GC and was won by legendary Tom Watson.

The Open Championship 2024: Historic course statistics

The entire field of participants had a combined score of 1,344 strokes over par over the four rounds. It is also worth noting that the front nine was more difficult to play than the back nine throughout the tournament. Truly historic, as this has never happened before at an Open at Royal Troon. The average score for the week of the tournament was 73.851. The 11th hole, the par 4 called “Railway”, was the most challenging hole of the tournament with an average score of 4.426 strokes. The 16th hole, a par 5, was the easiest to play with a stroke average of 4.830.

Schefflers “What if” and driver comes up too short on a Par 3!

The total of all strokes is the deciding factor for Xander Schauffele: The US-American does not lead any of the Strokes Gained rankings at the end of the tournament, except the one for total scoring. Meanwhile, Scottie Scheffler will be asking himself once again: “What if?” Scheffler finishes tied seventh at the 2024 British Open, despite being ranked 131st in strokes-gained putting for the week. The weather conditions also caused chaos, especially on Saturday. In the group around Shane Lowry and Daniel Brown, neither of them reached the green on the 17th hole (par 3) due to the strong wind – mind you with the driver on a par 3!!! A total of 13 players made the cut at all four majors in 2024. Of those 13 golfers, Xander Schauffele did the best. With a total score of 32 strokes under par, he distanced second-placed Scottie Scheffler by 15 strokes. Third place on the fictitious major podium went to Collin Morikawa (-15). Here is the list of all players:

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The Open Championship 2024: Prize Money Payout Breakdown

The Open Championship 2024 was the fourth and final major of the year for the stars of the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour this week. In Royal Troon, Xander Schauffele won the largest share of the record prize money totalling 15.6 million euros (17 million US dollars). The British Open prize money and its distribution at a glance.

The Open Championship 2024: The Record Prize Money at Royal Troon

This week, golf’s elite gathered at Royal Troon for The Open Championship 2024. At the last major of the year, the participants not only competed for the coveted Claret Jug and the title of ‘Champion Golfer of the Year’, but also for record prize money. Compared to last year, the amount has been increased by around 460,000 euros (500,000 USD), as announced by the R&A. CEO Martin Slumbers justified the decision, despite critical scrutiny, with the key role of The Open: “The R&A has a responsibility to strike a balance between maintaining The Open’s position in the global game, providing the funds required for governance and developing amateur and recreational golf in 146 countries internationally […]. “We remain concerned about the impact substantial increases in men’s professional prize money are having on the perception of the sport and its long-term financial sustainability. We are determined to act with the interests of the global game in mind as we pursue our goal of ensuring golf continues to thrive in 50 years’ time.” Of the 15.6 million euros (17 million USD), the winner will receive an impressive 2.84 million euros (3.1 million USD) in prize money. Incidentally, the prize money at The Open Championship 2024 is not paid out to amateurs; if more than 70 professional golfers make the cut, the prize money is also increased slightly. As usual, Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Brian Harman are among the favorites to win the Major. At Royal Troon, all eyes will be on McIlroy in particular after the Northern Irishman failed so dramatically at the 2024 US Open.

Prize Money Payout Breakdown at The Open Championship 2024

Position Name Prize Money
1 Xander Schauffele $3,100,000
T2 Justin Rose $1,443,500
T2 Billy Horschel $1,443,500
4 Thriston Lawrence $876,000
5 Russell Henley $705,000
6 Shane Lowry $611,000
T7 Jon Rahm $451,834
T7 Sungjae Im $451,834
T7 Scottie Scheffler $451,834
T10 Adam Scott $317,534
T10 Matthew Jordan $317,534
T10 Daniel Brown $317,534
T13 Jason Day $248,667
T13 Alex Noren $248,667
T13 Byeong Hun An $248,667
T16 Mackenzie Hughes $202,700
T16 John Catlin $202,700
T16 Collin Morikawa $202,700
T19 Dean Burmester $176,367
T19 Shubhankar Sharma $176,367
T19 Daniel Hillier $176,367
T22 Ewen Ferguson $151,067
T22 Sepp Straka $151,067
T22 Padraig Harrington $151,067
T25 Ryan Fox $124,617
T25 Corey Conners $124,617
T25 Jordan Spieth $124,617
T25 Joe Dean $124,617
T25 Patrick Cantlay $124,617
T25 Laurie Canter $124,617
T31 Guido Migliozzi $90,220
T31 Cameron Young $90,220
T31 Eric Cole $90,220
T31 Brendon Todd $90,220
T31 Matteo Manassero $90,220
T31 Minkyu Kim $90,220
T31 Chris Kirk $90,220
T31 Dustin Johnson $90,220
T31 Justin Thomas $90,220
T31 Sam Burns $90,220
T41 Kurt Kitayama $70,050
T41 Matt Wallace $70,050
T43 Jorge Campillo $57,200
T43 Thorbjorn Olesen $57,200
T43 Brooks Koepka $57,200
T43 Max Homa $57,200
T43 Si Woo Kim $57,200
T43 Emiliano Grillo $57,200
T43 Calum Scott (a) $0
T50 Matt Fitzpatrick $45,238
T50 Matthieu Pavon $45,238
T50 Richard Mansell $45,238
T50 Robert MacIntyre $45,238
T50 Harris English $45,238
T50 Adrian Meronk $45,238
T50 Gary Woodland $45,238
T50 Sean Crocker $45,238
T58 Abraham Ancer $42,150
T58 Joaquín Niemann $42,150
T60 Tommy Morrison (a) $0
T60 Jeunghun Wang $32,100
T60 Rasmus Hojgaard $32,100
T60 Jacob Skov Olesen (a) $0
T60 Phil Mickelson $32,100
T60 Brian Harman $32,100
T66 Hideki Matsuyama $40,280
T66 Tom McKibbin $40,280
T66 Nicolai Hojgaard $40,280
T66 Davis Thompson $40,280
T66 Austin Eckroat $40,280
71 Rickie Fowler $39,400
T72 Young-han Song $38,925
T72 Marcel Siem $38,925
T72 Tom Hoge $38,925
T75 Darren Clarke $38,525
T75 Aaron Rai $38,525
T75 Alex Cejka $38,525
78 Luis Masaveu (a) $0
79 Andy Ogletree $38,275
80 Darren Fichardt $38,150

World Golf Ranking: Xander Schauffele Passes McIlroy With Victory at The Open

The latest update of the World Golf Ranking sees some notable changes for American players. At the top, Scottie Scheffler remains in the first position with an unchanged spot from last week. Xander Schauffele has moved up from position 3 to position 2, replacing Rory McIlroy. Schauffele’s rise is a pivotal shift among the top ranks.

American Contenders in the World Golf Ranking

Wyndham Clark remains in fifth place, with a consistent performance reflected in his unchanged ranking. Collin Morikawa follows closely, holding sixth place with no changes from last week. Patrick Cantlay continues his steady form by retaining the eighth spot.

Top-10 of the World Golf Ranking

The top ten players of the World Golf Ranking include Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele, who have already been discussed. Rory McIlroy has dropped to the third position. Ludvig Aberg from Sweden retains the fourth spot. Viktor Hovland, representing Norway, stays at seventh. Jon Rahm from Spain remains tenth, maintaining his position. Notably, all remaining players in the top ten, including Wyndham Clark, Collin Morikawa, and Patrick Cantlay, have not seen any change in their positions.

Player Name Current Ranking Last Week’s Ranking  Points
Scottie Scheffler 1 1 791,8
Xander Schauffele 2 3 478,7
Wyndham Clark 5 5 299,2
Collin Morikawa 6 6 267,1
Patrick Cantlay 8 8 203,8

World Golf Ranking: Justin Rose Takes a Big Step Upwards

The latest updates in the World Golf Ranking show Rory McIlroy maintaining his position as the highest-ranked player from the UK. McIlroy, representing Northern Ireland, is currently ranked 3rd, a slight drop from his 2nd place last week, with an average points score reflecting his consistency. England’s Tommy Fleetwood holds the next highest position among UK players, ranking at number 13, a drop from his previous 12th position, indicating a minor dip in performance.

Other UK Players in the World Golf Ranking

Moving on to other notable UK players, Robert MacIntyre of Scotland is ranked 17th, dropping one position from last week’s 16th place. Matt Fitzpatrick is at 22nd, also dropping one spot. Tyrrell Hatton, also from England, stands at 25th, a fall from his 23rd place last week. Additionally, Justin Rose has made a significant leap, moving from 67th to 34th this week.

Top-10 Changes in the World Golf Ranking

In the top echelon of the World Golf Ranking, Scottie Scheffler remains firmly in the lead at number 1. Xander Schauffele has ascended to the 2nd position from 3rd, while Rory McIlroy’s slight decline brings him to 3rd. Ludvig Aberg of Sweden stays at 4th, and Wyndham Clark remains consistent at 5th. Collin Morikawa holds his 6th position, with Viktor Hovland and Patrick Cantlay also retaining their 7th and 8th positions, respectively. Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm round out the top-10, both holding steady at 9th and 10th without any movement from last week.

Player Name Nationality Current Rank Previous Rank Points
Rory McIlroy NIR 3 2 416,6
Tommy Fleetwood ENG 13 12 198,3
Robert MacIntyre SCO 17 16 185,4
Matt Fitzpatrick ENG 22 21 168,9
Tyrrell Hatton ENG 25 23 124,2

Watch: LPGA Tour Highlights from Round 4 of the Dana Open

The Dana Open, part of the LPGA Tour, concluded its fourth and final round at the Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. The tournament featured a purse of $1,750,000.

The top five players in the leaderboard showcased impressive performances. Chanettee Wannasaen from Thailand secured the first position with a total score of 264, 20 under par. She was followed closely by Haeran Ryu from South Korea, who finished second with a total score of 265, 19 under par. Ssu-Chia Cheng from Taiwan and Linn Grant from Sweden both tied for the third position, each achieving a total score of 270, 14 under par. Yiyi Liu from China and Xi Yu Lin, also from China, shared the fifth position, each with a total score of 272, 12 under par.

On this final day, three players distinguished themselves with the best rounds. Haeran Ryu from South Korea recorded the best daily score of 6 under par. Jennifer Chang from the USA followed with a daily score of 7 under par. Dottie Ardina from the Philippines also had an impressive performance, carding a 5 under par score for the day.

This video is a compilation of the LPGA Tour Highlights specifically focusing on the Dana Open Highlights from the final round.

Dana Open: The LPGA Tour Round 4 Highlights

About the LPGA Tour

The LPGA Tour is the largest professional tour in women’s golf. With over 30 tournaments a year, the American women’s tour mostly travels to the USA, but also visits destinations outside America with its players. In addition to the regular tournaments, the LPGA holds five majors per season, with the last two events being co-hosted by the Ladies European Tour and taking place in Europe. The LPGA Tour’s season ranking, the “Race to the CME Globe”, is decided in the season finale. The best 72 players of the season and the season winners qualify for the CME Group Tour Championship and compete for overall victory on the LPGA Tour.


WITB: Xander Schauffele Winning Bag for The Open 2024

Xander Schauffele wins his second major title of the year at The Open Championship 2024. Before Royal Troon he did make minor changes in his equipment, compared to the US Open 2024 and the PGA Championship 2024. With the newest clubs from Callaway and his trusted Odyssey putter in his golf bag he captures the links golf major title.

US Open Golf 2024: Xander Schauffele WITB

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Driver: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (10.5°)

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Wood: Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond (15°)

Driving Iron: Mizuno MP-20 HMB (3)

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Irons: Callaway Apex TCB 24′ (4-PW)

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Wedges: Callaway Opus (52°), Titleist Vokey Design SM10 (56°, 60°)

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Design Las Vegas 7CH Prototype

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Golf ball: Callaway Chrome Tour


Watch: PGA Tour highlights from round 4 of the Barracuda Championship

The Barracuda Championship, part of the PGA Tour, is currently being held at the Tahoe Mountain Club in Truckee, California, on the Old Greenwood golf course. The tournament is in its final round, Round 4, and the competition has been intense.

Leading the leaderboard is Nick Dunlap from the United States, with a total score of 49 points. Close behind him is Vincent Whaley, also from the United States, with a total score of 47 points. Patrick Fishburn, another American competitor, holds the third position with a total score of 46 points. In fourth place is Mac Meissner from the United States, who has a total score of 44 points. The fifth position is shared by Taylor Pendrith from Canada and Patrick Rodgers from the United States, both with a total score of 43 points.

The best rounds of the day were recorded by Nick Dunlap, with a daily score of 19, Taylor Pendrith, with a daily score of 15, and Patrick Rodgers, with a daily score of 14.

The tournament offers a prize pool of $4,000,000.

A video compilation of the highlights from Round 4 of the Barracuda Championship is available for viewers. This video showcases key moments and significant plays from the final round, providing an overview of the competitive action on the course.

The Barracuda Championship highlights Nick Dunlap’s strong performance and the intense competition among the top-placed players. For more detailed coverage and to watch the PGA Tour highlights, visit the Barracuda Championship highlights section.

Barracuda Championship: The PGA Tour round 4 highlights

About the PGA Tour

The PGA Tour is the largest American professional golf tour. There are 36 tournaments on the tour’s schedule this season. The tournaments mainly take place in the USA, but there are also some international venues over the course of the season. The signature events introduced in 2023 offer higher prize money and a smaller field of participants. There will be a total of eight of these events in the 2024 season. The four Majors and the Players Championship are also part of the PGA Tour. At the end of the tours season, the 70 best players in the FedEx Cup season rankings will play in a three-tournament play-off for overall tour victory and an extra 18 million dollars in prize money.

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The Open Championship 2024: “One Step Closer” To Career Grand Slam

The new winner of The Open Championship 2024 is Xander Schauffele. Following his victory at the PGA Championship this year, the US American celebrates his second major win in a year. The last time Brooks Koepka achieved this was in 2018, and a double major victory including an Open triumph was ten years ago. Back then, Rory McIlroy also won the PGA Championship and the British Open in the same calendar year. There is also another major milestone: Schauffele’s triumph in Troon marks the first time since 1982 that there have been four US Major winners in one year. In the press conference afterwards, the 30-year-old answered questions from reporters and spoke about the significance of the victory.

The Open Championship 2024: “A Dream Come True To Win Two Majors In One Year”

MIKE WOODCOCK: I’m delighted to welcome the 2024 Champion Golfer of the Year Xander Schauffele to the interview room. Xander, congratulations. Tremendous performance. Can you sum up what this means to you and how it feels to hold the Claret Jug aloft?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: It’s an honour. I’ve always dreamt of doing it. That walk up 18 truly is the coolest with the yellow leaderboards and the fans and the standing ovation. It really is one of the coolest feelings I’ve ever had in my life. I got chills walking down and quickly had to zap myself back into focus because the tournament wasn’t over yet. I can’t wait to enjoy this with my family.

Q. They say winning the first major is very hard but winning the second is harder. It didn’t seem that way for you? Is this the start of millions?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: It was hard. It was very difficult. I think winning the first one helped me a lot today on the back nine. I had some feeling of calmness come through. It was very helpful on what has been one of the hardest back nines I’ve ever played in a tournament.

I mean, it’s a dream come true to win two majors in one year. It took me forever just to win one, and to have two now is something else.

Q. You mentioned your family. They weren’t really there in Valhalla quite as much in full force. I guess how did it feel to embrace it with them?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, in the end it makes it feel like it’s all worth it. My wife’s here, both my parents, my brother, and my uncle. My day ones, as I would say. They’re all here to — they haven’t enjoyed it with me yet, but tonight will be awesome.

Q. Where does that final round rank among the best rounds that you’ve ever played?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: At the very tip top. Best round I’ve played.

Q. Xander, was there a moment, looking at leaderboards, where you started to dream a little, or was it not till 18?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, after I birdied 14, I was able to hit the fairway, and there’s a big board right there on 15 by the green. I was sitting there kind of peeking at it.

I was like, if I can birdie my second par-5 of the week on 16, that would be special. Then as soon as I hit the green on 17, I had to really try and focus really hard to not let my mind wander too much.

Q. What was more fun, making a six-footer for birdie and having everyone lose their mind on the 18th or having that walk that you described? What’s the difference in the feelings you had?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: It’s very different. Different times of stress. If there’s a stress metre, I definitely peaked at different moments on the 18th hole today. The fact that it was a little bit of help and I could hit a 3-iron, 8-iron in versus driver, 4-iron, lob wedge or sand wedge or whatever it was.

There’s calmness and super stressful moments when you’re trying to win a major championship. I felt them in the past, the ones I didn’t win, and I let them get to me. Today I felt like I did a pretty good job of weathering the storm when I needed to.

Q. You made a strong point about being here for the last couple of weeks in Scotland. How important is that to you in terms of preparation for this week? We’ve had four seasons in one day at some point. Is that key to be here as early as possible to try and prepare for this?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I think so. I think it’s essential. Just the time zone itself is a big thing to overcome. Then when you move along to the fescue and the deep bunkers and the finer sand, and then you talk about the wind, and then the greens being slower, literally everything is completely different than what we do over in the States.

If you can just give yourself an extra week to try and acclimate, I think it’s a no-brainer.

Q. Just to follow up on that question, there’s a perceived wisdom that you win a major championship in America, but to win one here, an Open Championship on links, makes you a complete golfer. Do you feel now that’s true you’re a complete golfer, and what does it mean to win it in the Home of Golf?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’m definitely going to believe that’s true because here we are.

Yeah, it’s a completely different — like we just talked about, it’s a completely different style of golf. It makes you play shots and have different ball positions. There’s so much risk/reward when the wind’s blowing 20 miles an hour and it starts raining. There’s so many different variables that come into play. It truly is an honour to win this.

To me it’s big. To me winning the Scottish Open was big because it meant my game could travel. So to double that up and win a major in Scotland is even cooler.

Q. Just related to that, your California mellowness, do people mistake that maybe there’s more fire inside than we can see?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, I like — I mean, everyone in my family knows how competitive I am. I may not be the guy running around fist pumping, but that’s just who I am. I kind of know how I need to be to perform at a high level.

The same way I don’t get really angry, I also don’t let myself get too over the moon because to me it’s the same thing. If I’m sitting there snapping a club, that would be the same as me running around fist pumping. It would take too long for me to adjust before my next shot to hit a good one. I’ve kind of embraced this sort of SoCal, laid-back kid, but there’s obviously a fire burning deep within, or you wouldn’t have a couple majors sitting by your side.

Q. You mentioned the fire in the belly and the ambition that you have. Before this season had you ever thought about completing the Career Grand Slam? If not, are you going to start thinking about it going forward?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, I mean, before I had any majors, it’s something I’ve always wanted. I’m one step closer and still have a long way to go. But if you don’t see yourself doing it, you’re never going to do it.

Q. Players that have won two majors in a season recently, like in the last decade, like Rory and Jordan and Brooks, they’re largely regarded as the best players of this generation. Would you say now that you’ve sort of cemented yourself as one of the best of this generation?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I don’t really think that way, I guess. I think the guys in the States sort of know how these pressers go. Pretty much that’s you guys’ job to speculate on those things. I’m just trying to win as many of these things as I can and play the best golf as I can and be a decent guy. So I’ll let you ponder that one.

Q. We know how close you and your dad are, but I’m wondering, do you remember the first time that you guys spoke about the possibility of you winning a major championship?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Long ago, yeah. I decided to take golf seriously when I was about, I don’t know, 13 maybe. I sat down with my dad when I was maybe 15 and 16, and we started to really hash out some goals and dreams of what I’d like to do. I was on the couch with my dad a lot watching other guys win majors and win big tournaments.

My dad and I, we’ve definitely talked about this. We’ve watched that walk up 18 pretty much every year until I’ve played in The Open. It’s definitely something that we’ve both dreamt of.

Q. Speaking of that walk up 18, I noticed that you waited for Austin to kind of make that walk with you. Why did you do that?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Pretty obvious. I mean, Austin, he’s one of my best friends, but it’s a team thing. I’m the one hitting the shots, but at the end of the day, it’s a team thing. It’s a team environment that I like to have for my team, I guess.

I was marching, and I was sitting there, and I was just trying to focus, and I sort of looked up, and I saw yellow leaderboards. In my head, I was like, you’re about to have your moment here. No one better to share it than Austin because he deserves it as well.

Q. What would you say you did best this week?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: I felt like I limited the mistakes pretty well. There was one really — lucky to only have one really hard round in sort of the wind and rain, and I managed that day better than I ever thought I could, to be honest. I felt like I just controlled a lot of what I was trying to do, and the moments where I was losing control, I sort of — if I hit it offline and into the fescue, I wasn’t too worried about it because it’s links golf. It’s how you play golf out here. As long as you avoid those coffin bunkers, you can move that ball forward and get yourself back in the hole.

I think the style of golf maybe helped me mentally play this week. The style of golf you can play out here, you don’t have to be perfect or hit the prettiest drives or anything. As long as you’re moving the ball forward and dodging bunkers and keeping holes in front of you and making sure your chips are into the wind, all the stuff that us pros talk about, it’s easy to talk about, it’s harder to actually do when you’re out there.

I think Austin and I did a pretty good job of plotting around this difficult property.

Q. In the past when maybe you had some finishes that weren’t to your liking, you preached process over the results. Given the kind of jump we’ve seen from you over the past couple months, was there anything you kind of recalibrated in your approach, or was this just trusting the process you already had and it finally matching up with the results?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: Yeah, it’s all part of the process. It is an incredible feeling to be up here with the Claret Jug. It is just a result at the end of the day, and I really do believe that.

Sometimes things go your way, and sometimes they don’t. When you’re playing — today I felt like I really controlled a lot of it. I kind of grabbed onto it, and there was no chance I was going to let go of it. I was pretty aware of that and really wanted to make sure I did that.

But for the most part, all those tough losses in the past or those moments where I let myself slip up and dream too early on that back nine, I was able to reel myself in today and make sure that didn’t happen.

Q. Can you just give us an insight into what the celebrations might look like tonight? Are you going to go all out like Bob MacIntyre did a week ago, or is it going to maybe be a bit more low key?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: That was an incredible, incredible win for Bob. I don’t know if I’m going to have as much of an embrace, not being Scottish, but it’s going to be — it will be low key for most, but for me, I don’t really drink a whole lot ever. I don’t really get to celebrate too many things ever. This game is cruel at times.

So I have my whole family and most of my team here. I’m just curious to see what my dad is going to pick as a first drink to drink out of this.

Q. And you know what you’re going to put inside the Claret Jug tonight?

XANDER SCHAUFFELE: My dad is — he’s not in here. There he is. He’s going to have to figure out what he wants to put in there because he’s taking the first gulp out of it.

MIKE WOODCOCK: We’ll wrap things up there. Xander, congratulations again. Champion Golfer of the Year, Xander Schauffele.

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The Open 2024: Brian Harman Gets Very Lucky – Ball Takes Bridge Over Creek

Brian Harman is an outstanding golfer, there’s no question about that. But even a defending Open champion sometimes needs a bit of luck. And he deserved it in the final round at Troon. The tee shot on the third hole with a driving iron rolled out so far that it came dangerously close to the small stream that divided the fairway. If it hadn’t been for the small bridges over which the players also cross the burn, the ball would have landed in the water. But as luck would have it, Harman’s ball arrived dry on the other side.

Watch Open Championship: Brian Harman gets lucky