The oldest and arguably the most prestigious of the four major golf championships is the Open Championship, or the British Championship as it is most commonly referred to.
The third championship that is played yearly behind the Masters and US Open tournaments, the British Open has been an official event on the PGA Tour since 1995. The tournament is played on a links course, which is near coastal areas and on sandy soil. The course has few water hazards, if any and often has small, deep bunkers referred to as “pot bunkers”.
Twenty-four players have won more than one Open Championship victory since the birth of the tournament in 1860. Harry Vardon owns the record for British Open titles with six. The Englishman won his first title in 1896 at the Muirfield Golf Course.
Four golfers have five wins apiece including Peter Thomson, James Braid, J.H. Taylor and Tom Watson. Old Tom Morris holds the record for the widest margin of victory at 13 and was one of the pioneers of golf. Both he and his son, Young Tom Morris, share three titles apiece.
Padraig Harrington won the most recent title in 2007 after beating Sergio Garcia by one stroke in a thrilling four-hole playoff. Harrington became the first Irish winner of the British Open since Fred Daly in 1947.
Another impressive victory at the Open Championship happened in ‘01 where David Duval achieved his first major after entering the event at 33 to 1 odds. Duval seemingly came out of nowhere after barely surviving the opening round of the tournament.
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Relive Past British Opens
Harrington captures second straight British Open title
Padraig Harrington shot 4-under par over the final six holes at Royal Birkdale, giving him a four-shot victory to continue a rich tradition of consecutive British Open championships.
Harrington wins a war of nerves at British Open
Padraig Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia by one stroke in a four-hole playoff in a thrilling 2007 Open.
Woods earns 11th career major win at British Open
The incredible Tiger Woods continued his mastery over golf with his third British Open title in just six years.
Tiger closes with 2-under 70 for 10th career major
Tiger Woods goes wire to wire to win his 10th career major and second British Open in six years.
Hamilton wins Open Championship in playoff over Els
In stunning fashion, Todd Hamilton beats Ernie Els for his first British Open title.
Curtis Clinches Open
Rookie Ben Curtis, competing in his first-ever major, comes out of nowhere to capture the 2001 British Open.
Els resurrects career with playoff win
Ernie Els defeats Thomas Levet in the first hole of a sudden death playoff to capture the 2002 British Open.
Despite great odds and a slew of competition, David Duval captured his first major in underdog fashion.
Superb Woods seals Major glory
Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win all four majors with his 2000 British Open Championship.
A to Zee
BBC.com provides a unique A through Z visitors guide to the British Open.
British Open Winners
|1930||Robert Jones Jr.|
|1927||Robert Jones Jr.|
|1926||Robert Jones Jr.|
|1889||Willie Park Jr.|
|1887||Willie Park Jr.|
|1872||Tom Morris Jr.|
|1870||Tom Morris Jr.|
|1869||Tom Morris Jr.|
|1868||Tom Morris Jr.|
|1867||Tom Morris Sr.|
|1864||Tom Morris Sr.|
|1862||Tom Morris Sr.|
|1861||Tom Morris Sr.|