This was the first Open Championship under new television rights deals in the United Kingdom and United States. In the U.K., Sky Sports replaced the BBC, who held broadcast rights from 1955 to 2015, marking the first time that rights to the Open had been held by a subscription television service. To comply with anti-siphoning laws, rights to broadcast a nightly highlights programme on free-to-air television were sold to the BBC. The contract was to begin in 2017, but the BBC opted out of the 2016 edition.
In the U.S., television rights shifted from ESPN to NBC and sister pay-TV network Golf Channel, marking the first time that Golf Channel had coverage of a men's major championship. It also restored a major to the network for the first time since 2014; from 1995 to 2014, NBC televised the U.S. Open and other championships of the USGA, which moved to Fox in 2015. Similarly to the BBC, ESPN chose to opt out of its final year of Open rights, causing NBC's rights to begin in 2016 instead.
Lengths of the course for previous Opens:
Opens from 1962 through 1989 played the 11th hole as a par-5.
Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.1. The Open Champions aged 60 or under on 17 July 2016
Mark Calcavecchia, Darren Clarke (2), Ben Curtis, John Daly, David Duval, Ernie Els (2), Todd Hamilton, Pádraig Harrington (2), Zach Johnson (2,3,4,12,14), Paul Lawrie, Justin Leonard, Sandy Lyle, Rory McIlroy (2,4,5,6,10,12), Phil Mickelson (2,4,14), Mark O'Meara, Louis Oosthuizen (2,3,4,5,12,14)Stewart Cink (2) and Tiger Woods (2) did not play.
Eligible but did not enter: Nick Faldo, Ian Baker-Finch, Tom Lehman, Nick Price.
2. The Open Champions for 2006–2015
3. First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place in the 2015 Open Championship
Jason Day (4,10,11,12,14), Sergio García (4), Marc Leishman (4,14), Jordan Niebrugge, Justin Rose (4,5,8,12), Adam Scott (4,9,14), Jordan Spieth (4,8,9,12,14), Danny Willett (4,5,9)Brooks Koepka (4,12) withdrew with an ankle injury.
4. The first 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for Week 21, 2016
An Byeong-hun (5,6), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (5), Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey (12), Kevin Chappell, Matthew Fitzpatrick (5), Rickie Fowler (11,12,14), Jim Furyk (12), Branden Grace (5,14), Emiliano Grillo, Bill Haas (12,14), Charley Hoffman (12), J. B. Holmes (12,14), Billy Horschel, Thongchai Jaidee (5,14), Dustin Johnson (8,12,14), Kim Kyung-tae (19), Kevin Kisner (12), Søren Kjeldsen (5), Russell Knox, Matt Kuchar (12,14), Danny Lee (12,14), David Lingmerth, Shane Lowry (5), Hideki Matsuyama (12,14), Ryan Moore, Kevin Na (12), Patrick Reed (5,12,14), Charl Schwartzel (5,14), Brandt Snedeker (12), Henrik Stenson (5,12), Andy Sullivan (5), Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker (12,14), Bubba Watson (9,12,14), Lee Westwood (OQS-Thailand), Bernd Wiesberger (5)Daniel Berger (12) withdrew with a shoulder injury.
5. First 30 in the Race to Dubai for 2015
Kristoffer Broberg, Victor Dubuisson, Ross Fisher, Tommy Fleetwood, David Howell, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Martin Kaymer (8,11), Anirban Lahiri (14,15), James Morrison, Thorbjørn Olesen, Thomas Pieters, Marc Warren, Chris Wood (6)Jaco van Zyl withdrew to focus on the Olympics.
6. The BMW PGA Championship winners for 2014–2016
7. First 5 European Tour members and any European Tour members tying for 5th place, not otherwise exempt, in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai on completion of the 2016 BMW International Open
Andrew Johnston, Rikard Karlberg, Lee Soo-min, Joost Luiten8. The U.S. Open Champions for 2012–2016
Webb Simpson9. The Masters Tournament Champions for 2012–2016
10. The PGA Champions for 2011–2015
Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner11. The Players Champions for 2014–2016
12. Top 30 players from the final 2015 FedEx Cup points list
Steven Bowditch (14), Harris English, Scott Piercy, Robert StrebBae Sang-moon (14) was unable to compete due to a military obligation in South Korea.
13. First 5 PGA Tour members and any PGA Tour members tying for 5th place, not exempt in the top 20 of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup points list for 2016 on completion of the 2016 Quicken Loans National
Smylie Kaufman, William McGirt14. Playing members of the 2015 Presidents Cup teams
Chris Kirk15. First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the Asian Tour for 2015
16. First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the PGA Tour of Australasia for 2015
Nathan Holman17. First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the Southern Africa PGA Sunshine Tour for 2015
George Coetzee18. The Japan Open Champion for 2015
Satoshi Kodaira19. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, not exempt, on the Official Money List of the Japan Golf Tour for 2015
Yūsaku Miyazato20. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, in a cumulative money list taken from all official 2016 Japan Golf Tour events up to and including the 2016 Japan Golf Tour Championship
Yuta Ikeda, Yosuke Tsukada21. The Senior Open Champion for 2015
Marco Dawson22. The Amateur Champion for 2016
Scott Gregory (a)23. The U.S. Amateur Champion for 2015
Bryson DeChambeau forfeited his exemption by turning professional in April 2016.
24. The European Amateur Champion for 2015
Stefano Mazzoli (a)25. The Mark H. McCormack Medal winner for 2015
Jon Rahm forfeited his exemption by turning professional in June 2016 but subsequently earned a spot through the Open Qualifying Series.
Open Qualifying Series
The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) consists of 10 events from the six major tours. Places are available to the leading players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top n and ties. In the event of ties, positions go to players ranked highest according to that week's OWGR.
The Greenbrier Classic was cancelled due to the damage sustained by the course in the 2016 West Virginia flood. The Open Qualifying Series event originally slated for the Greenbrier was shifted to the Barracuda Championship.Final Qualifying
The Final Qualifying events were played on 28 June at four courses covering Scotland and the North-West, Central and South-coast regions of England. Three qualifying places were available at each location. None of the twelve qualifiers had played in Regional Qualifying on 20 June: each was exempted by virtue of holding an Official World Golf Ranking.Gailes Links
– Oskar Arvidsson, Scott Fernández, Colin Montgomerie
– Dave Coupland, Paul Howard, Jack Senior
Royal Cinque Ports
– Steven Alker, James Heath, Matthew Southgate
– Paul Dunne, Ryan Evans, Robert Rock
To make up the full field of 156, additional places are allocated in ranking order from the Official World Golf Ranking at the time that these places are made available by the Championship Committee. Any places made available after 3 July will use the week 27 rankings. Eleven places were made available on 27 June based on the week 26 rankings.
- James Hahn (ranked 58, week 26)
- Gary Woodland (65)
- Ryan Palmer (68)
- Patton Kizzire (70)
- Fabián Gómez (71)
- Wang Jeung-hun (74)
- Scott Hend (75)
- Graeme McDowell (76)
- Brendan Steele (77)
- Francesco Molinari (78)
- Tony Finau (79)
- Jim Herman (80) – replaced Billy Hurley III
- Marcus Fraser (81) – replaced Tiger Woods
- Luke Donald (ranked 83, week 27) – replaced Jaco van Zyl
- Daniel Summerhays (86) – replaced Stewart Cink
- Charles Howell III (87) – did not play due to injury
- Jamie Lovemark (88) – replaced Daniel Berger
- Ian Poulter (90) – did not play due to injury
- Colt Knost (92) – replaced Brooks Koepka
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Phil Mickelson shot an 8-under-par 63 to take a three-shot lead over Martin Kaymer and Patrick Reed. His 63 tied him with 27 others for the lowest round in a major championship. Mickelson had a 16-foot putt at the 18th to become the first player to score 62 at a major championship, but the putt lipped out of the hole.
Friday, 15 July 2016
Phil Mickelson maintained his lead at the half way point with a one shot lead over Henrik Stenson, who had carded a 65 to move into second place at 9-under-par. The cut was at 4-over-par allowing previous major champions Jordan Spieth, Danny Willett and Bubba Watson to continue onto the third day. Billy Horschel, who started the day in joint fourth place, carded a dismal 85 to finish 10-over-par and miss the cut.
Amateurs: Gregory (+9), Mazzoli (+12)
Saturday, 16 July 2016
Henrik Stenson (68) overtook Phil Mickelson (70) in the third round, taking a single-shot lead into the final round. Both golfers were five shots ahead of the rest of the field at the end of the day.
Sunday, 17 July 2016
In what earned instant acclaim as one of the greatest final-round duels in major championship history, Henrik Stenson broke the aggregate scoring record for all majors while establishing a new Open Championship record on his way to his first career major win. After Stenson began the round with a one-shot advantage over Phil Mickelson, Mickelson quickly jumped into the lead with a birdie at the 1st while Stenson three-putted for bogey. Stenson, however, rebounded with five birdies on the front nine while Mickelson recorded a birdie and an eagle at the par-5 4th, giving Stenson back a one-shot lead. Both birdied the 10th hole, then Stenson made bogey at the 11th to draw level with Mickelson. Beginning at the 14th Stenson recorded three consecutive birdies, including a 51-foot putt from off the green on the 15th to open up a two-shot lead. Mickelson narrowly missed an eagle putt on the 16th while Stenson got up and down from the greenside rough for a birdie to maintain the advantage. With another birdie at the 18th, Stenson tied the major championship scoring record with a round of 63 (−8). In finishing second, Mickelson shot an aggregate score of 267, thus tying the Open Championship's previous record (Greg Norman, 1993).
Final roundStenson became only the second golfer to finish 20 under par in a major championship, tying Jason Day's record from the 2015 PGA Championship.
Stenson was the first to finish 20-under at the Open Championship, beating Tiger Woods' record of 19-under in 2000.
Stenson's score of 264 set a new major championship record, beating David Toms' 265 in the 2001 PGA Championship.
Stenson broke by three shots the previous Open Championship record of 267, set by Greg Norman in 1993.
Stenson's 63 (in round 4) and Mickelson's (in round 1) tied the major record for a round. It was the 28th and 29th time this score had been achieved, and Stenson was the 27th different player to do so. Stenson and Johnny Miller were the only players to shoot 63 in the final round of a major and win.
Mickelson, at age 46, became the oldest player to shoot a round of 63 in an Open Championship and also the second-oldest player to shoot 63 in any major championship (Gary Player was 48 years old when he shot 63 in the second round of the 1984 PGA Championship).
The 11-shot difference between Stenson and Mickelson with the rest of the field was the largest in history.