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The British Open

The British Open


A Brief History Of The British Open

The Open is golf's oldest national championship and the only one of the majors that is played outside the USA. First held in October, 1860, The Open was mostly played in Scotland during its early years.

Prestwick Golf Club was the birthplace of the event, which saw just eight players compete in its inaugural year.

The following year, the tournament was declared open to the whole world and the event has been known simply as The Open ever since.

By the turn of the century The Open was being held at more and more courses and in 1923 it was held at Troon for the first time, the venue for this year's event.

Since those early days, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club has established a rota of seaside courses to host the event.

It means the Open has a unique links-course character among the majors.

The biggest obstacles facing the players are the wind and the bunkers - and it certainly makes for some thrilling competitions.

Originally, the winner of the tournament was awarded a red, Morocco leather belt embellished with a silver buckle.

But in 1870 Tom Morris completed a trio of victories and was given the belt to keep.

That left the championship without a trophy - although The Open was not staged in 1871, and only a standard medal was issued a year later.

It wasn't until 1873 that the famous Claret Jug trophy was commissioned and presented to the winner for the first time.
The British Open Honours
Most Victories
6 - Harry Vardon, 1896, '98, '99, 1903, '11, '14
Second-Place Finishes
7 - Jack Nicklaus, 1964, '67, '68, '72, '76, '77, '79
Largest Margin of Victory
13 strokes - Old Tom Morris, 1862
Lowest Winning Scores
267 - Greg Norman, Royal St George's, 1993
Lowest Rounds
63 - Mark Hayes, 2nd round Turnberry, 1977
Oldest Winners
Old Tom Morris, 1867, 46 years 99 days
Youngest Winners
Young Tom Morris, 1868, 17 years 5 months 8 days
Most Consecutive Wins
4, Young Tom Morris, 1868-72 (tournament not played in 1871)
Most Top-5 Finishes
16 - J.H Taylor, Jack Nicklaus
Wire-to-Wire Winners
Ted Ray, 1912; Bobby Jones, 1927; Gene Sarazen, 1932; Henry Cotton, 1934; Tom Weiskopf, 1973
Previous Winners Of The British Open

Year
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1946
Venue
St Andrews
Turnberry
Royal Birkdale
Carnoustie
Royal Liverpool Hoylake
St Andrews
Royal Troon
Sandwich
Muirfield
Royal Lytham
St Andrews
Carnoustie
Royal Birkdale
Royal Troon
Royal Lytham
St Andrews
Turnberry
Sandwich
Muirfield
Royal Birkdale
St Andrews
Royal Troon
Royal Lytham
Muirfield
Turnberry
Sandwich
St Andrews
Royal Birkdale
Royal Troon
Sandwich
Muirfield
Royal Lytham
St Andrews
Turnberry
Royal Birkdale
Carnoustie
Royal Lytham
Troon
Muirfield
Royal Birkdale
St Andrews
Royal Lytham
Carnoustie
Hoylake
Muirfield
Royal Birkdale
St Andrews
Royal Lytham
Troon
Royal Birkdale
St Andrews
Muirfield
Royal Lytham
St Andrews
Hoylake
St Andrews
Royal Birkdale
Carnoustie
Royal Lytham
Royal Portrush
Troon
Sandwich
Muirfield
Hoylake
St Andrews
Winners


Pádraig Harrington
Pádraig Harrington
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Todd Hamilton
Ben Curtis
Ernie Els
David Duval
Tiger Woods
Paul Lawrie
Mark O’Meara
Justin Leonard
Tom Lehman
John Daly
Nick Price
Greg Norman
Nick Faldo
Ian BakerFinch
Nick Faldo
Mark Calcavecchia
Seve Ballesteros
Nick Faldo
Greg Norman
Sandy Lyle
Seve Ballesteros
Tom Watson
Tom Watson
Bill Rogers
Tom Watson
Seve Ballesteros
Jack Nicklaus
Tom Watson
Johnny Miller
Tom Watson
Gary Player
Tom Weiskopf
Lee Trevino
Lee Trevino
Jack Nicklaus
Tony Jacklin
Gary Player
Roberto de Vicenzo
Jack Nicklaus
Peter Thomson
Tony Lema
Bob Charles
Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer
Kel Nagle
Gary Player
Peter Thomson
Bobby Locke
Peter Thomson
Peter Thomson
Peter Thomson
Ben Hogan
Bobby Locke
Max Faulkner
Bobby Locke
Bobby Locke
Henry Cotton
Fred Daly
Sam Snead
1939/1946 British Open suspended due to World War Two
1939
1938
1937
1936
1935
1934
1933
1932
1931
1930
1929
1928
1927
1926
1925
1924
1923
1922
1921
1920
St Andrews
Sandwich
Carnoustie
Hoylake
Muirfield
Sandwich
St Andrews
Prince’s
Carnoustie
Hoylake
Muirfield
Sandwich
St Andrews
Royal Lytham
Prestwick
Hoylake
Troon
Sandwich
St Andrews
Deal
Richard Burton
R.A. Whitcombe
Henry Cotton
Alfred Padgham
Alfred Perry
Henry Cotton
Denny Shute
Gene Sarazen
Tommy Armour
Robert Jones Jr.
Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
Robert Jones Jr.
Robert Jones Jr.
James Barnes
Walter Hagen
Arthur Havers
Walter Hagen
Jock Hutchison
George Duncan
1915/1919 British Open suspended due to World War One
1914
1913
1912
1911
1910
1909
1908
1907
1906
1905
1904
1903
1902
1901
1900
1899
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1876
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1874
1873
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1870
1869
1868
1867
1866
1865
1864
1863
1862
1861
1860
Prestwick
Hoylake
Muirfield
Sandwich
St Andrews
Deal
Prestwick
Hoylake
Muirfield
St Andrews
Sandwich
Prestwick
Hoylake
Muirfield
St Andrews
Sandwich
Prestwick
Hoylake
Muirfield
St Andrews
Sandwich
Prestwick
Muirfield
St Andrews
Prestwick
Musselburgh
St Andrews
Prestwick
Musselburgh
St Andrews
Prestwick
Musselburgh
St Andrews
Prestwick
Musselburgh
St Andrews
Prestwick
Musselburgh
St Andrews
Prestwick
Musselburgh
St Andrews
Prestwick
Prestwick
Prestwick
Prestwick
Prestwick
Prestwick
Prestwick
Prestwick
Prestwick
Prestwick
Prestwick
Prestwick
Harry Vardon
J.H. Taylor
Edward Ray
Harry Vardon
James Braid
J.H. Taylor
James Braid
Arnaud Massy
James Braid
James Braid
Jack White
Harry Vardon
Alexander Herd
James Braid
J.H. Taylor
Harry Vardon
Harry Vardon
Harold Hilton
Harry Vardon
J.H. Taylor
J.H. Taylor
William Auchterlonie
Harold Hilton
Hugh Kirkaldy
John Ball
Willie Park Jr.
Jack Burns
Willie Park Jr.
David Brown
Bob Martin
Jack Simpson
Willie Fernie
Robert Ferguson
Robert Ferguson
Robert Ferguson
Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Robert Martin
Willie Park
Mungo Park
Tom Kidd
Tom Morris
Tom Morris Jr.
Tom Morris Jr.
Tom Morris Jr.
Tom Morris Sr.
Willie Park
Andrew Strath
Tom Morris Sr.
Willie Park
Tom Morris Sr.
Tom Morris Sr.
Willie Park