The historic Wirral links at Hoylake have a history of discovering great Open Champions, including Rory McIlroy in 2014.
Built on the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club, it retained a dual role as horse racing venue and golf course for the first few years of its life. Two of the three amateurs who have won The Open were Hoylake members: John Ball and Harold Hilton. The other amateur winner, Bobby Jones, won his third Open at Hoylake, an event which was the second of four steps in his unmatched Grand Slam.
Aside from Hilton and Jones, Hoylake has witnessed a string of unique Open winners: Arnaud Massey became the only Frenchman to win the title in 1907; Fred Daly became the first Irishman to do so, in 1947 and Argentinian Roberto De Vicenzo became the first South American to win a Major in 1967.