Patron of The Open Championship 2019 | NTT DATA


Patron of The Open Championship 2019

Look out for NTT DATA at golf’s greatest major

History in the making

The Open Championship, also known simply as ‘The Open’, was first played on 17 October 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland, making it the oldest professional golf tournament in the world and the oldest of the four major championships – the others being The Masters, The US Open and the PGA Championship.

The tournament takes place annually on one of nine links courses in Scotland or England, with one exception when The Open was played at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland back in 1951.

Played using a 72-hole stroke play format, there is a ‘cut’ after the first 36 holes, limiting the field to the top 70 players and those tying for 70th position. Unique to the four Majors, The Open features a four-hole playoff if play is tied at the end of regulation play, and continues into sudden-death if necessary.
NTT DATA at the Open

Know more than the score

We are proud that for the 7th year running we will be an Official Patron and the IT Provider of The Open, one of the most well-known championships in professional golf. The Open is the oldest of four major championships and has a 150-year history and is a stage aspired to by golfers all over the world.
This year's event will take place at Royal Portrush, in Northen Ireland from 18 to 21 July.
2019 will see the return of the NTT DATA Wall, located in the Spectator Village, the NTT DATA "Wall" will once again be crunching the numbers behind the Championship. Dynamic 3-D visuals, synchronised with the live TV broadcast, and projected across a 20m long LED "Wall" will instantly identify key trends and patterns in the day's play, whilst unprecedented hole-by-hole data-analysis will bring to life the facts and figures lying behind the Championship in a way never before seen on a golf course.

In choosing to support The Open, we aim to demonstrate the values we share with this long-standing event; a strong heritage, international outlook, long-term relationships and continuous innovation. Through branding on the course, online and on Sky TV, we expect to increase our brand awareness and reinforce our reputation as an innovative IT partner for companies and organisations worldwide. The Open is a global event with more than 3,800 hours of television coverage broadcast to 600m TV Households in 198 Countries.



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