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The 149th Open at Royal St George's

Events Research Programe

The 149th Open at Royal St George’s is part of the UK Government’s Events Research Programme.

Covid status certification will be tested, via the use of negative Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) or proof of full vaccination via the NHS Covid Pass, to explore all possible ways of allowing greater numbers of fans to return to events as safely and efficiently as possible.


The Events Research Programme is a UK Government programme facilitated by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). It aims to provide additional evidence and mitigations for government, event organisers, and consumers on reopening events at fuller capacities.

Spectators can click here to find more information about the Events Research Programme and to read the DCMS Privacy Notice.

R&A Privacy notice

This policy sets out how we, R&A Championships Limited (SC247047) (“The R&A”, “we”, “us” and “our”), use your personal data for the purpose of the Events Research Programme (“ERP”). For more information about the ERP, please see the Events Research Programme Information section above and follow the link provided.

We are a controller of personal data that we collect from you in connection with your attendance at The Open. For the purpose of the ERP, we will provide personal data that you have given to us to the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE). The personal data that we will provide will be your name, address, postcode, gender, date of birth, phone number and email addresses, as well as whether your ticket to the event was scanned. When we provide your personal data to the DHSC and PHE for the purpose of the ERP, our legal basis for doing so is that processing of that personal data by DHSC and PHE is necessary for the performance of tasks carried out in the public interest. To further understand the legal bases on which DHSC and PHE will process personal data in connection with the ERP, please see the DCMS Privacy Notice.

For more information about how The R&A uses your personal data in other ways and your related rights, please visit

Covid-19 Requirements

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