The illustrious reputation of the Rolex Giraglia has been sculpted by the passion and persistent pursuit of excellence of those who take part together with the dedication and purposeful collaboration of the event’s established partners. The 2019 edition, the 67th uninterrupted annual running since 1953, provided a resounding demonstration of why the event has endured. Rolex, a supporter of yachting since the 1950s, has been a close and committed partner of the event since 1998.
A total of 297 international yachts, and nearly 3,000 sailors, took part across the weeklong competition. Sporting highlights included the three days of inshore racing off Saint-Tropez and the 241 nautical mile offshore race to Monaco. Very few sailing events command such large participation nor comprise such a diverse programme, uniting intense competition, majestic locations and convivial social events. Rolex’s longstanding relationship with the sport includes enduring partnerships with individuals and organizations who set the highest standards. The organizers of the Rolex Giraglia – the Yacht Club Italiano and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez – together with hosts of the 2019 finish, the Yacht Club de Monaco, fit emphatically within this criterion.
One of the greatest golfing venues in the world, Pebble Beach Golf Links will welcome 156 of the world’s best professional and amateur golfers for the 119th edition of the U.S. Open from 13–16 June.
This will be the sixth time that Pebble Beach has hosted the event, one of the four annual golf Majors, highlighting the championship pedigree of this revered course which celebrates its centenary year in 2019. This year also marks the 40th edition of the tournament that Rolex will preside over as Official Timekeeper, a position it has held since 1980.
For more than 50 years, the Swiss watch manufacturer has nurtured one of the most enduring relationships between a brand and sport. In 1967, Rolex partnered with Arnold Palmer, joined by friends and rivals Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, affectionately known as The Big Three, who played a key role in modernizing this ancient sport.
Since then, Rolex has become intimately linked with golf, extending its support to every level of the game, from its elite players, to men and women’s Major championships and the foremost professional tours around the globe. It is a partnership steeped in quality, reliability and a pioneering spirit, attributes that permeate everything Rolex does.
Not only is it an important year for the Swiss watch manufacturer and Pebble Beach, Rolex Testimonee Brooks Koepka will arrive at this dramatic stretch of California coastline with the opportunity to continue his sequence of historic victories. In winning the 2019 PGA Championship in May, Koepka reclaimed the World No. 1 ranking and became the first golfer to successfully defend two Major titles. He clinched his fourth Major at the Bethpage Black Course on New York’s Long Island after claiming the 2018 PGA title at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri. At Pebble Beach he will be aiming to become only the second golfer to win the U.S. Open title three years in a row, a feat not repeated since Scotland’s Willie Anderson won in 1903, 1904 and 1905.
The course requires long drives from the tee, yet precise iron play around the greens, an exacting challenge that ensures only the worthiest can be crowned champion. In his quest for a momentous third successive U.S. Open title, Koepka must once again rely on his accuracy and consistency, qualities that are echoed in Rolex’s quest for perpetual excellence in all its endeavours.
Should the 29-year-old win at Pebble Beach, he would join an elite group of Rolex Testimonees to have won the U.S. Open at this famous venue. In 1972, Jack Nicklaus won his third title here. Ten years later he was pipped by great friend and rival Tom Watson, who claimed his only U.S. Open title with one of the greatest finishes in Majors history. And Tiger Woods’ win in 2000 by a then record 15 strokes is considered one of the greatest performances in golfing history. His victory was the first en route to holding all four Major titles at the same time, the so-called Tiger Slam, a feat no other golfer has achieved.