The July 19 Tank McNamara strip explains it all.
I agree that there wasn't anything snobby about it when it was the only one. But it's been 119 years since that stopped being the case. To try and continue to call it THE Open now without acknowledgement of the other one (which many think to be more important) DOES come across as a bit snobby.
However, I don't care either way. "The Open" in July refers to the British, but if it's late May and early June, then it's probably referring to the US Open. If it's late August and early September, then we're talking about tennis.
well it should be called the british open because that's where its played every year.in Britain.france,spain,scotland ,Ireland all have there opens.why cant the open be called britains open?heard Faldo couple weeks ago talking about it.nick says its the british open but the other English announcer said no its the open.
There are a bunch of other Open's too, including the Canadian, Scottish, French, but none have the stature of the US and British, just as no other Masters has the status of The Masters at Augusta National.
No matter how you slice it, the British Open has no more standing in modern golf than the US Open, and it has no justification to style itself as THE Open.
Yet for years it was commonly referred to as the British Open and no one got their knickers in a twist. Which was kind of the point about my comment that if calling it the British Open was good enough for Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus (both of whom refer to it s the British Open repeatedly in their books) it is good enough for me.
We might, if there was another Masters which was a major.
And personally I do not care if people want to call it just "The Open". I just want people to give me the same freedom to call it The British Open without them getting all condescending about it.