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The Open Championship -- 1860-2013

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Each year the name the Open Championship winner is inscribed on the coveted Claret Jug. (Getty Images)

The oldest championship in all of golf, the British Open -- which is commonly known just as "The Open Championship," is the third of the four major tournaments in golf.

Here are the players who have risen above and can proudly proclaim themselves as Open champions.

2014 British Open

Royal Liverpool Golf Club (Hoylake)
Merseyside, England
July 17-20, 2014

British Open Champions

• 2013 Winner - Phil Mickelson
• 2012 Winner - Ernie Els
• 2011 Winner - Darren Clarke
• 2010 Winner - Louis Oosthuizen
• 2009 Winner - Stewart Cink
• 2008 Winner - Padraig Harrington
• 2007 Winner - Padraig Harrington
• 2006 Winner - Tiger Woods
• 2005 Winner - Tiger Woods
• 2004 Winner - Todd Hamilton
• 2003 Winner - Ben Curtis
• 2002 Winner - Ernie Els
• 2001 Winner - David Duval
• 2000 Winner - Tiger Woods
• 1999 Winner - Paul Lawrie
• 1998 Winner - Mark O'Meara
• 1997 Winner - Justin Leonard
• 1996 Winner - Tom Lehman
• 1995 Winner - John Daly
• 1994 Winner - Nick Price
• 1993 Winner - Greg Norman
• 1992 Winner - Nick Faldo
• 1991 Winner - Ian Baker-Finch
• 1990 Winner - Nick Faldo
• 1989 Winner - Mark Calcavecchia
• 1988 Winner - Seve Ballesteros
• 1987 Winner - Nick Faldo
• 1986 Winner - Greg Norman
• 1985 Winner - Sandy Lyle
• 1984 Winner - Seve Ballesteros
• 1983 Winner - Tom Watson
• 1982 Winner - Tom Watson
• 1981 Winner - Bill Rogers
• 1980 Winner - Tom Watson
• 1979 Winner - Seve Ballesteros
• 1978 Winner - Jack Nicklaus
• 1977 Winner - Tom Watson
• 1976 Winner - Johnny Miller
• 1975 Winner - Tom Watson
• 1974 Winner - Gary Player
• 1973 Winner - Tom Weiskopf
• 1972 Winner - Lee Trevino
• 1971 Winner - Lee Trevino
• 1970 Winner - Jack Nicklaus
• 1969 Winner - Tony Jacklin
• 1968 Winner - Gary Player
• 1967 Winner - Roberto de Vicenzo
• 1966 Winner - Jack Nicklaus
• 1965 Winner - Peter Thomson
• 1964 Winner - Tony Lema
• 1963 Winner - Bob Charles
• 1962 Winner - Arnold Palmer
• 1961 Winner - Arnold Palmer
• 1960 Winner - Kel Nagle
• 1959 Winner - Gary Player
• 1958 Winner - Peter Thomson
• 1957 Winner - Bobby Locke
• 1956 Winner - Peter Thomson
• 1955 Winner - Peter Thomson
• 1954 Winner - Peter Thomson
• 1953 Winner - Ben Hogan
• 1952 Winner - Bobby Locke
• 1951 Winner - Max Faulkner
• 1950 Winner - Bobby Locke
• 1949 Winner - Bobby Locke
• 1948 Winner - Henry Cotton
• 1947 Winner - Fred Daly
• 1946 Winner - Sam Snead
• 1940-45 - Tournament not played due to World War II
• 1939 Winner - Richard Burton
• 1938 Winner - R.A. Whitcombe
• 1937 Winner - Henry Cotton
• 1936 Winner - Alfred Padgham
• 1935 Winner - Alfred Perry
• 1934 Winner - Henry Cotton
• 1933 Winner - Denny Shute
• 1932 Winner - Gene Sarazen
• 1931 Winner - Tommy Armour
• 1930 Winner - Robert Jones Jr.
• 1929 Winner - Walter Hagen
• 1928 Winner - Walter Hagen
• 1927 Winner - Robert Jones Jr.
• 1926 Winner - Robert Jones Jr.
• 1925 Winner - James Barnes
• 1924 Winner - Walter Hagen
• 1923 Winner - Arthur Havers
• 1922 Winner - Walter Hagen
• 1921 Winner - Jock Hutchison
• 1920 Winner - George Duncan
• 1915-1919 - Tournament not played due to World War I
• 1914 Winner - Harry Vardon
• 1913 Winner - J.H. Taylor
• 1912 Winner - Edward Ray
• 1911 Winner - Harry Vardon
• 1910 Winner - James Braid
• 1909 Winner - J.H. Taylor
• 1908 Winner - James Braid
• 1907 Winner - Arnaud Massy
• 1906 Winner - James Braid
• 1905 Winner - James Braid
• 1904 Winner - Jack White
• 1903 Winner - Harry Vardon
• 1902 Winner - Alexander Herd
• 1901 Winner - James Braid
• 1900 Winner - J.H. Taylor
• 1899 Winner - Harry Vardon
• 1898 Winner - Harry Vardon
• 1897 Winner - Harold Hilton
• 1896 Winner - Harry Vardon
• 1895 Winner - J.H. Taylor
• 1894 Winner - J.H. Taylor
• 1893 Winner - William Auchterlonie
• 1892 Winner - Harold Hilton
• 1891 Winner - Hugh Kirkaldy
• 1890 Winner - John Ball
• 1889 Winner - Willie Park Jr.
• 1888 Winner - Jack Burns
• 1887 Winner - Willie Park Jr.
• 1886 Winner - David Brown
• 1885 Winner - Bob Martin
• 1884 Winner - Jack Simpson
• 1883 Winner - Willie Fernie
• 1882 Winner - Robert Ferguson
• 1881 Winner - Robert Ferguson
• 1880 Winner - Robert Ferguson
• 1879 Winner - Jamie Anderson
• 1878 Winner - Jamie Anderson
• 1877 Winner - Jamie Anderson
• 1876 Winner - Robert Martin
• 1875 Winner - Willie Park
• 1874 Winner - Mungo Park
• 1873 Winner - Tom Kidd
• 1872 Winner - Tom Morris Jr.
• 1871 Winner - Not played
• 1870 Winner - Tom Morris Jr.
• 1869 Winner - Tom Morris Jr.
• 1868 Winner - Tom Morris Jr.
• 1867 Winner - Tom Morris Sr.
• 1866 Winner - Willie Park
• 1865 Winner - Andrew Strath
• 1864 Winner - Tom Morris Sr.
• 1863 Winner - Willie Park
• 1862 Winner - Tom Morris Sr.
• 1861 Winner - Tom Morris Sr.
• 1860 Winner - Willie Park

 
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  • Henry K Hotchkiss

    cindy hollis wrote on: Jan 8, 2014

    Can anyone give me any information on Henry K Hotchkiss was said to be pro golfer in 1920-1930`s . Granddaughter looking for info. Known to play turnaments in England , Scotland and California later opened a School in Quebec Canada

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  • Our Winner

    Marcelo wrote on: Mar 28, 2011

    I have the placer to know the winner in 1967 , Don Roberto De Vicenzo , now he walks every day into the installations of the Ranelagh Golf Club - Argentina.
    The most important quality is his personality , because he never lose his smile and good way to proceed , is our mentor and father , and is the example to follow for anyone who wishes to become a good golfer.
    This is my tribute , respectfully

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  • 1981 british open

    ian roberts wrote on: Apr 18, 2010

    anybody know how many holes in one were recorded at the '81 open.

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  • the open

    Iain Doleman wrote on: Apr 9, 2010

    Who was the first amature to lead in the open?

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      • RE: the open

        vincbt wrote on: Nov 30, 2013

        William doleman led the Open after the first round in 1867, the first amateur to do so. He eventually finished 6th, 8 strokes behind Old Tom Morris, winner for the 4th time and 46 years (still a record today)

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      • RE: RE: RE: the open

        josh wrote on: Sep 20, 2012

        1966 Winner - Jack Nicklaus
        • 1965 Winner - Peter Thomson
        • 1964 Winner - Tony Lema
        • 1963 Winner - Bob Charles
        • 1962 Winner - Arnold Palmer
        • 1961 Winner - Arnold Palmer
        • 1960 Winner - Kel Nagle
        • 1959 Winner - Gary Player
        • 1958 Winner - Peter Thomson
        • 1957 Winner - Bobby Locke
        • 1956 Winner - Peter Thomson
        • 1955 Winner - Peter Thomson
        • 1954 Winner - Peter Thomson
        • 1953 Winner - Ben Hogan
        • 1952 Winner - Bobby Locke
        • 1951 Winner - Max Faulkner
        • 1950 Winner - Bobby Locke
        • 1949 Winner - Bobby Locke
        • 1948 Winner - Henry Cotton
        • 1947 Winner - Fred Daly
        • 1946 Winner - Sam Snead
        • 1940-45 - Tournament not played due to World War II
        • 1939 Winner - Richard Burton
        • 1938 Winner - R.A. Whitcombe
        • 1937 Winner - Henry Cotton
        • 1936 Winner - Alfred Padgham
        • 1935 Winner - Alfred Perry
        • 1934 Winner - Henry Cotton
        • 1933 Winner - Denny Shute
        • 1932 Winner - Gene Sarazen
        • 1931 Winner - Tommy Armour
        • 1930 Winner - Robert Jones Jr.
        • 1929 Winner - Walter Hagen
        • 1928 Winner - Walter Hagen
        • 1927 Winner - Robert Jones Jr.
        • 1926 Winner - Robert Jones Jr.
        • 1925 Winner - James Barnes
        • 1924 Winner - Walter Hagen
        • 1923 Winner - Arthur Havers
        • 1922 Winner - Walter Hagen
        • 1921 Winner - Jock Hutchison
        • 1920 Winner - George Duncan
        • 1915-1919 - Tournament not played due to World War I
        • 1914 Winner - Harry Vardon
        • 1913 Winner - J.H. Taylor
        • 1912 Winner - Edward Ray
        • 1911 Winner - Harry Vardon
        • 1910 Winner - James Braid
        • 1909 Winner - J.H. Taylor
        • 1908 Winner - James Braid
        • 1907 Winner - Arnaud Massy
        • 1906 Winner - James Braid
        • 1905 Winner - James Braid
        • 1904 Winner - Jack White
        • 1903 Winner - Harry Vardon
        • 1902 Winner - Alexander Herd
        • 1901 Winner - James Braid
        • 1900 Winner - J.H. Taylor
        • 1899 Winner - Harry Vardon
        • 1898 Winner - Harry Vardon
        • 1897 Winner - Harold Hilton
        • 1896 Winner - Harry Vardon
        • 1895 Winner - J.H. Taylor
        • 1894 Winner - J.H. Taylor
        • 1893 Winner - William Auchterlonie
        • 1892 Winner - Harold Hilton
        • 1891 Winner - Hugh Kirkaldy
        • 1890 Winner - John Ball
        • 1889 Winner - Willie Park Jr.
        • 1888 Winner - Jack Burns
        • 1887 Winner - Willie Park Jr.
        • 1886 Winner - David Brown
        • 1885 Winner - Bob Martin
        • 1884 Winner - Jack Simpson
        • 1883 Winner - Willie Fernie
        • 1882 Winner - Robert Ferguson
        • 1881 Winner - Robert Ferguson
        • 1880 Winner - Robert Ferguson
        • 1879 Winner - Jamie Anderson
        • 1878 Winner - Jamie Anderson
        • 1877 Winner - Jamie Anderson
        • 1876 Winner - Robert Martin
        • 1875 Winner - Willie Park
        • 1874 Winner - Mungo Park
        • 1873 Winner - Tom Kidd
        • 1872 Winner - Tom Morris Jr.
        • 1871 Winner - Not played
        • 1870 Winner - Tom Morris Jr.
        • 1869 Winner - Tom Morris Jr.
        • 1868 Winner - Tom Morris Jr.
        • 1867 Winner - Tom Morris Sr.
        • 1866 Winner - Willie Park
        • 1865 Winner - Andrew Strath
        • 1864 Winner - Tom Morris Sr.
        • 1863 Winner - Willie Park
        • 1862 Winner - Tom Morris Sr.
        • 1861 Winner - Tom Morris Sr.
        • 1860 Winner - Willie Park

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      • RE: RE: RE: RE: the open

        josh wrote on: Sep 20, 2012

        go tiger

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  • golf scores rise in 1880s

    gerry preston wrote on: Jul 18, 2009

    I'm curious as to why single round scores of golf in the British open were routinely below 60 between 1860 and 1880s. By the mid 1880 the scores are more reflective of today's common single round scores where hardly any pro scores are under a 60. What changed so dramatically?

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      • RE: golf scores rise in 1880s

        Jim C wrote on: Jul 15, 2011

        The Open Championship was held for the first 12 years at Prestwick Golf Club - the course consisted of 12 holes!
        • 1860 - At the augural, a field of eight Scottish professionals played three rounds of Prestwick's twelve-hole course in a single day.
        • Willie Park won with a score of 174 for 36 holes winning the Championship Challenge Belt, donated by the Earl of Eglinton.

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          • RE: RE: golf scores rise in 1880s

            vincbt wrote on: Nov 30, 2013

            The was one Englishman in 1860: George Daniel Brown, who finished 5th.

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      • RE: golf scores rise in 1880s

        Ray wrote on: Jul 15, 2010

        @Gerry preston - they only played 9 holes in the first few opens

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      • RE: golf scores rise in 1880s

        David wrote on: Apr 25, 2010

        The early British Opens were held at Prestwick, which only had 12 holes until the 1880s

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  • Strength of Field at Br Open

    Jay wrote on: Jul 17, 2009

    I'm trying to determine and compare the strength of field at the British Open in the '50s and '60s.
    Can you provide info on the field fromt those decades or point me to a site where I can find it?
    Thanks,
    Jay

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  • British Open 1966 and 1967

    Audrey Montgomery wrote on: Jul 13, 2009

    Hiya - my dad has been recording the British Open Championship scores since 1968. He sits with his wee book and records all the scores! I know it sounds a bit sad but he loves it! Do you happen to have the last 2 round scores (for everyone) for 1966 and 1967?? Your site told me who won these but he would like all the scores. He would be eternally grateful and so would I as he seems to think the internet should know everything!! Many thanks and best wishes, Audrey Montgomery

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