Rolex and
the Open2019

Royal Portrush Golf Club has roots dating back to 1888 and staged national and international championships for more than 100 years. The club’s Dunluce Links, venue for the 148th edition of The Open, is renowned as one the most challenging courses in the world. It is also one of the most spectacular, located beside the Atlantic Ocean on Northern Ireland’s north coast, near the ruins of the 15th century castle from which it takes its name. It previously hosted The Open in 1951, the first club outside mainland Britain to do so.

Rolex and The Open

Rolex and golf

Francesco Molinari
– the first Italian
to win a Major

Francesco Molinari
Rolex Testimonee Francesco Molinari made history at The Open in 2018 by becoming the first Italian to win a Major. His triumph at Carnoustie capped a stellar 2018 when he also won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, had his first PGA TOUR success and became the first European to win all five games as he helped his team defeat the United States at the Ryder Cup.

He carried that form into 2019 by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and posting two other top-five finishes, including a tie for fifth at the Masters Tournament.

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka has emerged as one of the most potent forces in world golf, claiming the World No. 1 ranking and winning four Majors since 2017. In winning the 2019 PGA Championship, the powerful American became the first golfer to successfully defend two Major titles, having also won back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2017 and 2018.

At The Open in 2017, he tied for sixth. Koepka’s journey to golfing excellence has been an innovative one. After a brilliant US college career, he honed his craft in Europe, winning four titles before joining the PGA TOUR®.

Haotong Li
Haotong Li has very happy memories of The Open. On his event debut at Royal Birkdale in 2017, he finished third behind winner Jordan Spieth, shooting a stunning final-round 63 that featured seven birdies in the last 11 holes.

He was one shot shy of equalling the record for the lowest single-round total in a Major, easily the best performance by a Chinese player. His outstanding feat came just a month after he had made his first appearance in a Major, at the U.S. Open in 2017.

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson’s Open victory at Muirfield in 2013 marked the pinnacle of an already brilliant golfing career. “It’s a special moment to be part of the great history of this Championship, and a tremendous accomplishment for me and my career to win the event that has been my biggest challenge,” the American said after his triumph.

The most successful left-handed golfer of all time, Mickelson has five Majors to his name and a peerless short game that is ideally suited to links golf, where course and weather conditions demand innovation and finesse.

Tom Watson
Tom Watson is one of the most successful golfers in the history of The Open, having held aloft the Claret Jug five times between 1975 and 1983, an unrivalled feat. With eight Majors and 39 victories on the PGA TOUR®, the six-time PGA TOUR® Player of the Year and World No. 1 from 1978 to 1982 has earned his place in golf legend.

The American is one of the sport’s most enduring professionals, claiming the 2011 Senior PGA Championship at the age of 61 to become the oldest Major winner on the senior tour since its inception in 1980.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has been the pre-eminent golfer of his generation, transforming the game and inspiring millions of golfers worldwide. His 15 Majors, second only to Jack Nicklaus (18), includes three Open titles, the first of which he won at St Andrews in 2000, finishing on a record 19 under par. Woods again lifted the Claret Jug in 2005, also at St Andrews, and in 2006 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. In 2019 he completed one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history when, aged 43, he won his fifth Masters title and first Major in 11 years.

THE DAY-DATE 40

Available only in 18 ct gold or platinum, the Day-Date was the first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial. Exceptional precision, reliability and presence have made it the ultimate watch of prestige. With the President bracelet, which was originally created especially for this model, the Day-Date continues to be the watch for leaders. Like the elite golfers competing at The Open, it is ahead of the field.

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