The R&A extends its gratitude to our patrons for their support of The Open Championship.


Established in 1896, Doosan is South Korea’s oldest but fastest growing company. Enriching people’s lives around the world, our Infrastructure Support Business encompasses power plants including nuclear power, sea water desalination, construction equipment and related services, construction and engineering and marine diesel engines. As the global leader in ISB, Doosan is proud to be a Patron for The Open Championship and celebrate its 150 years.

Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC’s international network comprises around 7,200 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

With listings on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges, shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by over 220,000 shareholders in 132 countries and territories. The shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange in the form of American Depositary Receipts.

HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services to around 89 million customers through four global businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management (formerly Personal Financial Services); Commercial Banking; Global Banking and Markets; and Global Private Banking. HSBC is honoured to be a Patron of The Open Championship and is committed to the growth of golf globally. As well as committing to the professional game, HSBC has a longer-term goal to create a legacy through sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes around the world.

In conjunction with The R&A, in the UK HSBC has partnered with The Golf Foundation to sponsor the HSBC Golf Roots programme. This has been nurtured to the point where it is now the largest and most successful junior golf development project in the British Isles. The focus of the programme is to primarily target urban and inner city areas and on the “Skills for Life” such as honesty and respect that an education in golf offers. The Golf Foundation is a registered charity that aims to make it possible for all children and young people to access the sport regardless of their background or circumstances. The aim of the HSBC Golf Roots programme is to reach 1 million children per


MasterCard Worldwide is proud to be a Patron and the Official Card of The Open Championship. With a history of over 15 years’ association with golf sponsorship, this partnership enables MasterCard to build on its sporting heritage and create compelling opportunities designed to drive shareholder value, build business for customer financial institutions and provide unique priceless experiences for MasterCard cardholders.

The partnership with The Open Championship complements MasterCard’s existing stable of sports, lifestyle and entertainment sponsorships as well as relationships with Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Camilo Villegas, Boo Weekley, Brandt Snedeker, and five-times Open Championship winner and golfing legend, Tom Watson.

To learn more about how MasterCard brings cardholders closer to their passions, delivering them priceless experiences and privileges, go to

About MasterCard Worldwide As a leading global payments company, MasterCard Worldwide prides itself on being at the heart of commerce, helping to make life easier and more efficient for everyone, everywhere. MasterCard serves as a franchisor, processor and advisor to the payments industry, and makes commerce happen by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, governments, businesses, merchants, and cardholders worldwide. In 2010, $2.7 trillion in gross dollar volume was generated on its products by consumers around the world. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network – the fastest payment processing network in the world – MasterCard processes over 23 billion transactions each year and has the capacity to handle 160 million transactions per hour, with an average network response time of 130 milliseconds and with 99.99 percent reliability. MasterCard advances global commerce through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro®, and Cirrus®; its suite of core products such as credit, debit, and prepaid; and its innovative platforms and functionalities, such as MasterCard PayPass™ and MasterCard inControl®. MasterCard serves consumers, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information, please visit us at Follow us on Twitter: @mastercardnews.


Mercedes-Benz has been proudly associated with professional golf for more than 20 years. In 1990 we were the title sponsor of the Mercedes German Masters, and we have continued to support both amateur and professional golf ever since.

We are currently partnered with The Masters in Augusta, Georgia and the PGA of America. In addition, we are associated with the PGA Championship and 2012 US Ryder Cup. In 2010 Mercedes-Benz celebrated the 21st anniversary of the Mercedes Trophy – the largest amateur golfing tournament series in the world. Each year approximately 58.000 golfers from 43 countries compete in three handicap categories, with the World Final being held in Stuttgart/Germany, the birthplace of the automobile.

From 2011 Mercedes-Benz entered into a new and exciting partnership within golf, when we became a Patron of The Open Championship for the next five years. We are very proud to be part of the world’s oldest Major Championship and look forward to engaging with enthusiasts, and of course, seeing some world-class golf.


Nikon Corporation, founded in 1917, secured its place as a pioneer of optical glass technology in Japan. With continued growth and expertise, Nikon now offers a diverse range of products from its world-renowned consumer and professional photographic equipment to industrial precision equipment.

Nikon UK distributes a wide range of imaging products from consumer to professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Coolscan digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For more information on Nikon products visit


NTT DATA is your global innovation partner. Headquartered in Tokyo, we have business operations in over 35 countries. Our emphasis is on long-term commitment, combining global reach with local intimacy to provide premier professional services from consulting and systems development to outsourcing.

NTT DATA combines local flexibility and agility with centrally coordinated access to global resources. NTT DATA’s long-standing customer relationships are a testament to its ability to combine the best of both worlds: the scale and resources of a globally operating group, combined with local teams possessing deep market insight and expertise. This has allowed NTT DATA to meet customer needs all over the world, consistently exceeding their expectations for quality, timeliness, and local knowledge.

Ralph Lauren

Tested and worn by top-ranked professional golfers, Polo Golf for men and Ralph Lauren Golf for women define heritage excellence in the world of golf. With a sharpened focus on the needs of the modern player but always rooted in the rich design tradition of Ralph Lauren, the Golf collections combine state-of-the-art performance wear with luxurious finishing touches for collections that travel effortlessly between the course and the clubhouse. The RLX Golf collection is ultramodern, graphic and dedicated to performance-driven design. From progressive fits and sophisticated styles to the most technologically advanced fabrics available, RLX golf is the ultimate in functional luxury.

Polo Ralph Lauren is proud to sponsor Tom Watson, Davis Love III, Jonathan Byrd, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, Matteo Manassero, Billy Horschel, Ben Martin and Charles Howell


Inaugurated in 1860, The Open is golf’s most venerable major championship and the honour of raising the Claret Jug attracts the widest international field of the four majors. Rolex is proud to be a Patron of The Open Championship and recognises the precision, skill and excellence required to be a champion — values shared by Rolex.

  • Patrons of The Open 2014

    The R&A extends its gratitude to its Patrons for their support of The Open Championship.

  • Doosan
  • HSBC
  • Mastercard
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Nikon
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Rolex

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