Record numbers of spectators turned out at Carnoustie for The 147th Open as Francesco Molinari lifted the Claret Jug following a thrilling final day performance.
More than 172,000 spectators attended the Championship throughout the week, a significant increase on the previous record at the Angus venue, which stood at 157,000.
In excess of 20,000 spectators under the age of 25 attended as the Championships continues its drive to attract and engage a younger audience with people under the age of 16 being admitted free of charge. The Open Camping Zone was also a huge success with more than 4,000 people taking advantage of the free accommodation for under-25s and the zone being at capacity on Friday and Saturday night.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “I’m delighted to see such strong and diverse crowds coming out to support The 147th Open at Carnoustie. It is one of the world’s great Championship venues where spectators were treated to a real festival of golf and contributed to a terrific on-course atmosphere.”
In addition to record crowds, the Championship was also shown around the world with more than 6,000 hours of footage broadcast with a household reach in excess of 600 million.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We have enjoyed a thrilling and memorable week of golf and Carnoustie’s world famous links has shown why it is revered by fans and players all over the world as one of our sport’s great championship venues.
“We would like to thank every single person who has visited Carnoustie over the last eight days for generating a very special atmosphere that has been enjoyed by the players and the millions of TV viewers watching The Open around the world.”
The Open returns to Scotland in 2021 with the historic 150th staging of the Championships at St Andrews.
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