The British Open, known as the Open Championship by some, is played during July 19~22nd.
Are you ready? If you can’t pass my Big Bad Bloody Open Quiz, the answer is no. Perhaps you should enjoy something British -- tea and crumpets, perhaps, or a jammy dodger with a refreshing bottle of Lilt -- while my Open questions beguile, bewitch and bewilder you. Unless you get a perfect score, that is, in which case your remote will be promptly returned. Either way, it’s never a bad time for a spot of Luck
The Big Bad British Open Quiz
1. How many courses are in the current Open Championship rota? a. Seven b. Eight c. Nine d. Eleventy-seven
2. What did John Daly claim helped power his 1995 Open victory at the Old Course? a. Marlboros and Jim Beam b. Chocolate chip muffins and Wilson Pickett CDs c. The ghost of Old Tom Morris and jammy dodgers d. The Smurfs and Mrs. Peel
3. In the Open’s first three-hole aggregate playoff at Troon in 1989, who joined Greg Norman and eventual champ Mark Calcavecchia in the playoff? a. Tom Lehman b. Jose Maria Olazabal c. Wayne Grady d. Wayne Brady
4. When 44-year-old Roberto de Vicenzo surprised even himself by finally winning the 1967 Open at Royal Liverpool, he said he would bring the Claret Jug back the next year and hoped to hand it to whom? a. Arnold Palmer b. Homero Blancas c. Some young British pro d. Ringo Starr
5. What did the Open Championship do for the first time in 1980? a. Finish on Sunday instead of Saturday b. Allow the larger American golf ball to be played c. Let players use their own caddies instead of the host club’s caddies d. Ruled that players could ride ponies instead of walking
6. Complete this old Scottish saying: “Nae wind, nae rain, ___ _____.” a. Nae golf b. Nae way c. Na Kevin d. Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey-hey, goodbye.
7. Which of the following players was not in the playoff won by Ernie Els at Muirfield in 2002? a. Thomas Levet b. Stewart Appleby c. Steve Elkington d. Jean Van de Velde
8. At which future Open site were the Rules of Golf formulated and administered for decades before the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews took over in the late 19th century? a. Hoylake b. Prestwick c. Musselburgh d. Formby Ladies Club
9. Who is the only Frenchman to win an Open Championship? a. Arnaud Massy b. Jean Van de Velde c. Victor Dubuisson d. Maurice Chevalier
10. When Tiger Woods won the last Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006, challenger Sergio Garcia wore an all-canary yellow outfit in the final round but shot 73 and fell back to fifth. Which of the following headlines appeared in one of the British tabloid newspapers the next day? a. The bane from Spain falls mainly from his plane b. Rare Spanish yellow-bellied sap-sucker spotted at Hoylake c. Sergio tawt he taw a puddy tatt--he did, he did, a gwate big puddy tat! d. Sergio, You’ll Never Be Top Banana
11. Which one of the following is NOT the name of one of Royal Liverpool’s holes? a. Telegraph b. Dowie c. Punch Bowl d. Fred
12. Why was play halted during the second round of the 2010 Open at St. Andrews, eventually won by Louis Oosthuizen? a. A bomb threat in the Old Course clubhouse b. Too windy c. A surprise visit from Queen Elizabeth II, whose helicopter set down on the 18th green d. Kevin Na
13. How does three-time Open champion Nick Faldo of England insist on being addressed? a. Sir Nick Faldo b. The Count of Heresford c. Bond, James Bond d. Her Majesty The Queen