Opus and The R&A has announced the planned publication and pre-order release of The Open Opus, which will celebrate the 150th playing of The Open and documents the history of the world’s oldest and most prestigious championship. The partnership was brokered by TSBA, The R&A’s licensing agent.
The Open Opus will chronicle the evolution of the Championship from its very first playing at Prestwick in 1860 to the present day, culminating in its 150th playing at St Andrews next year. It will include 150 of the ‘Greatest’ moments from The Open, such as when the late Seve Ballesteros sunk a 15-foot putt to win The Open at St Andrews in 1984, or ‘The Duel in the Sun’ at Turnberry in 1977, the head-to-head between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.
The 800+ page book will feature a wealth of action photography, including many images spanning one-metre wide and several two-metre wide gatefolds, accompanied by exclusively written essays and interviews with many of the sport’s icons and players.
The Limited Marquee Opus ‘Champions’ Edition of only 150 copies will run to 800 pages, each measuring 20 inches x 20 inches (45cm x 45cm) weighing in excess of 32kg (70lb). The Opus will be leather hand-bound, signed by many Champion Golfers, greats and icons, individually numbered and include special features and experiences.
Karl Fowler, Opus CEO, says: “To be able to tell this story in such large luxurious format, showing photographs and treasures from the 150 Greatest moments from the world’s most prestigious golf championship will hopefully make The Open Opus rather special. We look forward to making more announcements on this unique Opus project over the coming months as we lead up to The 150th Open next summer at St Andrews.”
Jo Edwards, Global Head of Licensing, TSBA Group, adds: “The 150th Open is a momentous occasion in the history of golf; The Open Opus will capture the greatest moments from the Championship in style. With exclusive content, stunning photography and quality presentation, coupled with the limited number of copies available, it will become a collector’s edition to cherish.”
Neil Armit, Chief Commercial Officer at The R&A, says: “The Open has produced many memorable moments throughout its revered history and we have worked closely with Opus to capture them in a very special publication that fans of the Championship will be able to enjoy and cherish.”
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