Tee times, pitch, course details, talkSPORT coverage and how to follow Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and co eye glory in the 150th Championship at St Andrews

The 150th Open Championship is fast approaching and the best golfers are ready to fight for the Claret Jug on the historic Old Course this weekend.

The final Major of the year is set to be one of the biggest in history with a record 290,000 fans set to descend on St Andrews throughout the week and full coverage will be live on talkSPORT 2.

The 150th Open Championship is fast approaching

The field will be headlined by Tiger Woods as the legendary American returns to the famous links in search of his fourth title.

But Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas will also be hungry for glory in Scotland.

Matt Fitzpatrick, fresh off his incredible US Open win, will also be aiming for other major successes.

American Collin Morikawa won gold last year, taking a fine win at Royal St George’s to secure his first major trophy.

He will return the Claret Jug at the start of the week but will no doubt be eager to collect it on Sunday evening.

The Open is the greatest golf tournament in the world and the 150th celebration at St Andrews promises to be a truly memorable event.

The Open 2022: Start date and time

The 150th edition of The Open will be held from Thursday July 14 at Sunday July 17.

It takes place at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland.

Play will start at 6:45 a.m. on both opening days and at 8 a.m. on weekends.

The Open winner will receive a record first prize of £2.1million while the total prize fund at St Andrews has also increased by 22% to £11.7million.

The Open 2022: how to follow

talkSPORT 2 will feature full live commentary from the 150th Open Championship from St Andrews.

Our coverage will be from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both opening days and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

Russ Hargreaves will be your host and commentary will come from our stellar team which includes Sean O’Brien, Marcus Buckland, Sue Thearle, Ron Jones, Matt Adams, Sophie Walker, Raymond Burns, Alison Walker, Matt Southgate, Paul Eales, Harry Ewing and Carl Paulson.

To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Sky Sports Golf will show the action in the UK.

Their coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. on both business days and at 8 a.m. on weekends.

Sky Sports customers can stream this live through the app using their mobile devices, tablets or computers.

Alternatively, you can buy a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.

The Old Course at St Andrews is the most famous golf course in the world

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The Old Course at St Andrews is the most famous golf course in the world

The Open 2022: The course

The Old Course in St Andrews, Fife is the most famous golf course in the world.

Established in 1552, the historic course is considered the oldest in the sport and is considered the spiritual birthplace of golf.

This year’s event will be the 30th Open played at the Old Course.

The course, which will play a par 72 and have a maximum length of 7,297 meters, is located in the heart of the city before descending along the coast and back.

The first and eighteenth, named Burn and Tom Morris respectively, are world famous for their huge adjoining fairways.

Both holes are relatively straightforward with fairways around 100 yards wide, but such is the scale of the tee shots they still provide a stern test.

The 17th Road Hole is arguably the most famous – and most difficult – hole in golf and features the infamous Road Hole Bunker.

Other highlights include the seven distinctive double greens and the Swilcan Bridge and Valley of Sin on the final hole.

Morikawa is the defending Open champion

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Morikawa is the defending Open champion


The Open 2022: Ranking

The Major ranking will follow after the first day of play.

Last year Morikawa held off Jordan Spieth to claim glory at Royal St George’s in Sandwich.

Here’s what the final standings looked like:

  • 1. Colin Morikawa (67-64-68-66=265) −15
  • 2. Jordan Spieth (65-67-69-66=267) −13
  • T3. Louis Oosthuizen (64-65-69-71 = 269) -11
  • T3. Jon Rahm (71-64-68-66 = 269)
  • 5.Dylan Frittelli (66-67-70-68=271) -9
  • T6. Mackenzie Hughes (66-69-68-69 = 272) −8
  • T6. Brooks Koepka (69-66-72-65=272) -8

The Open 2022: Tee Times and Field

The field will consist of 156 players before the cut on Friday evening.

US Open champion Fitzpatrick will partner Woods for the first two rounds.

Fitzpatrick won his first major title at Brookline last month, with Woods choosing not to play to ensure he would be able to compete at the Old Course, the scene of two of his three Open victories in 2000 and 2005.

Woods, Fitzpatrick and American Max Homa will start at 2:59 p.m. Thursday, with 2017 champion Spieth, former US Open winner Rahm and Harold Varner in the next group.

Morikawa, McIlroy and Scottish Open winner Xander Schauffele will start at 9:58 a.m., followed 11 minutes later by Thomas, 2019 winner Shane Lowry and Norway’s Viktor Hovland.

Ryder Cup partners Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood will be joined by former world number one Justin Rose on the first tee at 8.14am, while world number one Scheffler, England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann will start at 1:26 p.m.

Former champion Paul Lawrie will hit the first tee shot at 6:35 a.m. and the 1999 winner will have Webb Simpson and Min Woo Lee for company.

The last group of Lars Van Meijel, Jack Floydd and Ronan Mullarney must wait until 4:16 p.m. to launch their championship.

Read the full tee times for the first two rounds here.

McIlroy won the Open in 2014

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McIlroy won the Open in 2014

The Open 2022: what has been said?

Rory McIlroy is relishing the title defense he never had at the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews.

McIlroy led from start to finish to win the 2014 Open at Royal Liverpool, but was prevented from attempting to retain the Claret Jug on the Old Course the following year after suffering an ankle injury while playing football.

He said: “I can’t walk into The Open approaching it like I have unfinished business on this golf course. You know, I feel like there’s enough pressure on me anyway without putting more on myself.

“But this is the one I’ve been looking forward to for a very, very long time – 12 years. I just want to make sure I’m in the best shape possible to go there.

“I’m playing well, I’m playing one of the best golf courses I’ve played in a long time. I played well in major tournaments this year without winning, but I really fought in all of them. So it’s a good opportunity. »

McIlroy notched a final 64 to finish second to Scottie Scheffler at the Masters and finished eighth at the US PGA and fifth at the US Open, the latter performance coming a week after winning the Canadian Open.

He added: “I may have something to prove to myself and others, but the way I play I feel like I’m going there with the same luck I had at an Open since I can remember.

“Even the Open that I won in 2014 seems that far away now. So I would love to get my hands on another Claret Jug. Everyone talks about winning an Open Championship and then winning an Open at St Andrews means maybe – to be a little more.

“St Andrews will be like the defense I’ve never had, and I hope I defend again at Royal Liverpool in 2023.”

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