The Open Championship has been held in Britain since 1860. It is the only Major to be held outside the United States, and is also known as the "British Open". The term "open" refers to the fact that amateurs can participate in the tournament along with professionals.
Mercedes-Benz increased its support of both professional and amateur golf by becoming an official patron of The Open in 2011.
Through the local MercedesTrophy tournament, amateur golfers from New Zealand get the opportunity to compete in The Open. “Drive to the Major” is a segment of the National Final where the winner of a straightest-drive competition wins an all-inclusive trip, including entry to the tournament, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.