(1) The 148th Open will be decided by stroke play over four rounds of 18 holes in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited and in accordance with the Local Rules approved by R&A Championships Limited.
(2) In the event of a tie after four rounds, the winner will be decided by a play-off by stroke play over four holes. The play-off will start as soon as practicable after the last competitors have finished their round. The competitor with the lowest aggregate over the four extra holes will be declared the winner. If the competitors are still tied having played these four holes, a hole by hole play-off will be played immediately over the 18th hole only until a winner emerges. If the play-off involves more than 2 competitors, those other than the winner will be deemed to have tied for 2nd place regardless of their scores in the playoff.
(3) The starting field will be 156 competitors. The 70 lowest scores over the first 36 holes and any tying for 70th place will qualify for the 3rd round on Saturday 20 July and the
4th round on Sunday 21 July. If a competitor who has posted a two round total score that will qualify for the 3rd round, withdraws before or after the 3rd round draw is made, the competitor’s score will still be used to calculate the leading 70 places and ties that will determine the cut mark.
(4) In the event of play being either delayed or declared null and void for any round of The Open, additional play will be at the discretion of the Championship Committee - Professional Events. Additional play will take place on Monday 22 July and exceptionally Tuesday 23 July.
(5) R&A Championships Limited arranges publicity before and during The Open in the Press and by live and recorded radio and television broadcasting and filming and on the Internet. Each competitor by entering The Open and by agreeing to these Terms assigns to R&A Championships Limited and its assignees and licensees the right in perpetuity throughout the world to make, use, exhibit and reproduce in any way now known or hereafter devised (and to authorise others to do so) for commercial and other purposes from time to time and at their discretion, motion pictures, still pictures, live taped or filmed television, sound recordings and any other reproductions of any description of the competitor made during or in connection with The Open (including, without limitation, during practice and play) without compensation for the competitor or the heirs, successors, executors, administrators or assignees of the competitor. The competitor also assigns the right to use and reproduce the competitor’s name, voice, likeness and biographical material in any way now known or hereafter devised by R&A Championships Limited for the purpose of promoting The Open and any subsequent Open Championships, without compensation for the competitor or the heirs, successors, executors, administrators or assignees of the competitor including in circumstances where it may include the logo of a third party or of a sponsor or patron of The Open or any subsequent Open Championship or any other activities undertaken by R&A Championships Limited. Competitors will be responsible for ensuring that their caddies will assign to R&A Championships Limited and its successors and licensees equivalent rights in relation to the caddie. Notwithstanding the foregoing grant of rights, R&A Championships Limited and its assignees and licensees agree that, other than as permitted above, they will not authorise any company contractually associated with R&A Championships Limited to use the competitor’s name, voice, likeness and biographical material in a way which constitutes the endorsement of a product or service,
without first requiring such associated company to obtain the competitor’s authorisation. Also, to comply with certain contractual limitations relating to advertising on television, competitors assent that they or their caddies may not, without the prior approval of R&A Championships Limited, display any commercial identification on clothing or equipment other than that customarily affixed to and of the normal size and in the normal position on any such 1 clothing or equipment. The winner will be entitled to use The Claret Jug for promotional purposes with commercial partners, provided always that the winner notifies R&A Championships Limited in advance and such use will not be excessive, and will be in good taste and respectful of the tradition and prestige of The Open. In addition, the winner agrees to keep R&A Championships Limited informed of any other proposed public use of The Claret Jug. As the owner of all intellectual property rights in and to The Claret Jug, The R&A may, at its sole discretion, deem any commercial use of The Claret Jug to be unsuitable, and in such event the winner will ensure that such use is discontinued. The winner will return The Claret Jug in person to the Chief Executive of The R&A at a date, time and place required by the Chief Executive.
(6) Competitors will at all times be liable for the actions of their caddies and will ensure that the caddies comply with the Terms as they apply to the competitors. Competitors will ensure that their caddies wear clothing of a type appropriate to The Open and, in particular, caddies will be required to wear The Open over-garment or bib of a type and design as will be supplied by the Championship Committee - Professional Events. Caddies will be required to wear such an over-garment or bib during official practice rounds and during The Open. Competitors’ caddies may not wear headgear, visors or any other items of clothing which displays a logo other than The Open’s official logo unless such logo represents a contract to which the competitor was bound at the commencing date of The Open or an existing contract to which the caddie was bound as at 31 January 2019.
(7) All competitors gaining entry to The Open itself are subject to the provisions of the PGA European Tour’s Anti-Doping Policy in force at the date of The Open. Details of the Policy, and the Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods, are available from R&A Championships Limited. Competitors who are taking medication and in doubt as to their clinical status should seek advice from R&A Championships Limited not later than 21 days before the start of The Open.
(8) All competitors gaining entry into The Open are subject to the provisions of The Open Championship’s Anti-Gaming Policy in force at the date of The Open. Details of the policy are available from R&A Championships Limited.
(9) All competitors gaining entry into The Open are responsible for the conformity of the equipment they use and may be required to demonstrate this conformity via participation in testing (detailed below). They should confirm, in advance, of the conformity to the Rules and the additional Terms in effect. Testing will be performed on clubs used by randomly selected competitors, during the practice days for the Championship. This testing may include analysis of the spring-like effect and groove rules. In addition, an information service for competitors will be available throughout the Championship to answer any outstanding questions on the conformity of their equipment. Those competitors randomly selected will be notified via the official information board at Royal Portrush.
(10) A copy of the full pace of play policy will be posted at each Championship venue and will be available on request.
(11) The Model Local Rules in the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf are in effect for Conforming Driver Heads, Conforming Golf Balls, One Ball Condition and Groove and Punch Mark Specifications.
(12) Competitors must not ride on any form of transportation during a round unless authorised by the Championship Committee - Professional Events.
(13) The wearing of jeans of any colour or shorts is not permitted whilst practising or competing during any stage of The Open.
(14) The Championship Committee - Professional Events reserves the right to amend these Terms and the decision of the Committee will, in all matters, be final.
(15) These Terms will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the law of Scotland.