Traditionally held in the United Kingdom during the third week of July, The Open is the fourth and final tournament that make up the men’s annual Majors. Associated with this competition since 1981, Rolex is today a privileged partner of world golf.

For this year’s exciting tournament, the strokes, skill and luck all added up to a dynamic 20-under final score win for Australia’s Cameron Smith at the St. Andrews links. But there were plenty of memorable moments and performances outside the winner’s podium.

The Rolex Testimonees that competed at The Open, 2022, all put in heartfelt rounds day after day. American Jordan Spieth, who won the Jug in 2017 after being the first player to ever log four sub-70 rounds, finished The Open at a very-impressive 12-under par this year. Fellow Rolex Testimonee and U.S. Open runner-up Scottie Scheffler was close on Speith’s heels with a 9-under performance overall.

Tiger Woods, in a much-anticipated return to the Majors, received one of the warmest receptions from the crowd on his initial tee-off. With two of his three victories at The Open earned right at St. Andrews, including one that sealed his first career Grand Slam in 2000, expectations and emotions ran high. But with a 9-over score after the second round, it just wasn’t in the cards for the beloved golf legend. His tearful, graceful departure from the tournament is just another, particularly emotional, saga in the history of The Open.

The partnership between Rolex and golf began in 1967 when Arnold Palmer became the sport’s first Testimonee for the watchmaker. The brand has since been named Official Timekeeper and is a principal partner of many leading events as well as stakeholders in the game.

Inaugurated in 1860, The Open is played every year on a historical course in the United Kingdom. The tournament regularly comes to this year’s 150th anniversary venue, the legendary links at St. Andrews in Scotland.

The home of golf

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. In the late 19th century, it came to be regarded as a governing authority of the sport including in the administration of its rules, in conjunction with the United States Golf Association. St. Andrews is considered by many to be “the home of golf.

Steeped in elegance and tradition

Tradition has it that The Open is always played on a links course, that is, one located by the sea, featuring sandy soil and few water hazards or trees. Given the particularly unpredictable nature of the weather conditions for The Open, the 156 players competing in the tournament each year need their fair share of fighting spirit, self-control and humility given the potential for heavy showers, strong gusts of wind and even heatwave-level conditions.

The winner of The Open is announced as “The Champion Golfer of the Year” and receives the prestigious Claret Jug. This famous silver trophy has even appeared on bank notes issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland twice.

Unforgettable moments

With its unique past, the wild beauty of the coastal courses where it is played and its knowledgeable fans, The Open is forever etched in the great history of world sport – from the duels between Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen in the 1920s to the battle between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977, or the tears of Tiger Woods upon winning his third trophy in 2006.

Rolex and golf: partners for more than half a century

Rolex enjoys a privileged relationship with golf, one founded on shared values: respect for tradition, responsibility, technical precision, the elegance of movement, the perpetual quest for excellence and a commitment to future generations.

Today, the partnership between Rolex and golf extends to many areas of the sport: with governing bodies and world rankings, with the greatest names in international golf, and with the circuits and major tournaments – both men’s and women’s, professional and amateur, and at senior and junior levels.

Moreover, the brand has also championed the creation of the Rolex Series, the finest tournaments on the DP World Tour; the Rolex Player of the Year award, which recognizes the best woman golfer on the LPGA circuit; and the Rolex Junior Players of the Year awards, which honor players aged 18 or younger, boy and girl, who perform best in a given season. Undeniably, Rolex has become “the partner watch of world golf”.

Rolex Testimonees and The Open

Among the many great names in golf who belong to the prestigious family of Rolex Testimonees, several have won The Open: Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.

Rolex and sport

Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf, believed in the ability to challenge oneself beyond limits to achieve excellence. In fact, to test his watches, he entrusted them to those who pushed themselves to the absolute limit. Driven by an unwavering quest for excellence, the founder of Rolex discovered valuable allies in athletes through their exceptional feats.

For many decades, the brand has actively championed excellence in the sporting world and partners with governing bodies, competitions and athletes – from established champions to promising talents – in long-standing engagements that perpetuate the future of these disciplines and promote excellence.

18th hole

With the excitement fading for this most prestigious of golfing events, Ben Bridge Jeweler cordially invites you to go over every stroke and drive with our golf-loving staff at your local store and celebrate Rolex’s estimable role in the sport. With our expert advice and assistance, we look forward to bringing that “hole-in-one” Rolex into your life, to honor your own respect for golf, or just to reward yourself for a round well-played.