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The 150th Open Claret Jug Tour

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Iconic trophy's journey continues

The Claret Jug at Belfast City Hall

The 150th Open Claret Jug Tour, in partnership with HSBC, arrived in Belfast this week with the iconic trophy taking in the local landmarks, HSBC on Royal Avenue and the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre.

On Monday, the Claret Jug’s visited landmarks including Belfast City Hall, Titanic, Grand Opera House and one of the Glass of Thrones exhibits in the city.

HSBC on Royal Avenue was the first public display on Wednesday morning followed by the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre that afternoon.

Having already visited London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and Belfast, on Thursday the tour continued at the Irish Open’s Mount Juliet Estate. Then on Friday the grand trophy will be on display in Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin for fans from 11am-7pm.

Dundrum Town Centre

After its visit to the Emerald Isle concludes, The 150th Open Claret Jug Tour will resume in Edinburgh next week with displays confirmed on Tuesday at HSBC, Hanover Street between 10am and 3pm and Wednesday at City Art Centre between 10pm and 5pm.

The tour concludes at the Home of Golf, St Andrews, on Sunday 10 July, and has been taking in stop-offs at schools, golf clubs, city centres and HSBC UK branches.

During its time in Birmingham, the Claret Jug visited Dorrington Academy in Perry Barr, where children at the school enjoyed a coaching session as part of HSBC Golf Roots, the umbrella development programme of the Golf Foundation.

A Golf Roots coaching session at Dorrington Academy

The trophy was also taken to a host of iconic Birmingham landmarks, including the Bullring and the BT Tower, in addition to the HSBC branch in Centenary Square and the HSBC UK headquarters.

The Claret Jug outside Birmingham's Bullring

Next up on the tour was Liverpool and visits to more city centre landmarks, the Wirral Golf Society at Arrowe Park Golf Club and Royal Liverpool Golf Club, the venue for The 151st Open.

The Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool

There was also an early morning journey to Caldy Golf Club on Monday, as the course hosted Regional Qualifying for The Open.

The Claret Jug at Caldy Golf Club
The Claret Jug then moved on to Manchester, where a public display at the American Golf store in the Trafford Centre offered fans of The Open the chance to have their photo taken with golf’s most iconic prize.
The Claret Jug in Manchester

HSBC has been an official partner of The Open since 2011, and, alongside their major golf sponsorships, HSBC Golf Roots aims to open up a world of opportunity by supporting youth, community and grassroots initiatives. In the UK, HSBC works with The Golf Foundation's national development programme to promote the sport in schools and helps youngsters into clubs and uses golf to promote important life skills.

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