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The British Open Winners

The British Open Winners 

Also referred to as ‘The Open Championship’, the British Open is the oldest of the four major golf (first held in 1860) tournaments, held in the UK, it’s the only golf major held outside of the USA.

The Open is the third major on the yearly schedule, and is a 72 hole stroke play tournament held over four days. There are 156 players in the field , with a cut held after the first two rounds, in which only the leading 70 players progress to the final 36 holes over the weekend.

Fast British Open Facts

  • The oldest winner of The Open is Tom Morris (46 years, 102 days), back in 1867.
  • Harry Vardon has the most victories, with 6 (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914).
  • Tom Lehman holds the lowest score after 54 holes with 198 (67-67-64), in 1996.
  • Most runner-up finishes: 7, Jack Nicklaus has the record for most runners-up in The Open with 7 (1964, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979).

The British Open Winners

Below is a list of British Open winners including courses, winning scores, runners-up and scores to par.

Year Country Player Course Total  To Par
2017 United States Jordan Spieth Royal Birkdale 268 −12
2016 Sweden Henrik Stenson Royal Troon 264 −20
2015 United States Zach Johnson St Andrews 273 −15
2014 Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy Royal Liverpool 271 −17
2013 United States Phil Mickelson Muirfield 281 −3
2012 South Africa Ernie Els Royal Lytham & St Annes 273 −7
2011 Northern Ireland Darren Clarke Royal St George’s 275 −5
2010 South Africa Louis Oosthuizen St Andrews 272 −16
2009 United States Stewart Cink Turnberry 278 −2
2008 Ireland Pádraig Harrington Royal Birkdale 283 3
2007 Ireland Pádraig Harrington Carnoustie 277 −7
2006 United States Tiger Woods Royal Liverpool 270 −18
2005 United States Tiger Woods St Andrews 274 −14
2004 United States Todd Hamilton Royal Troon 274 −10
2003 United States Ben Curtis Royal St George’s 283 −1
2002 South Africa Ernie Els Muirfield 278 −6
2001 United States David Duval Royal Lytham & St Annes 274 −10
2000 United States Tiger Woods St Andrews 269 −19
1999 Scotland Paul Lawrie Carnoustie 290 6
1998 United States Mark O’Meara Royal Birkdale 280 E
1997 United States Justin Leonard Royal Troon 272 −12
1996 United States Tom Lehman Royal Lytham & St Annes 271 −13
1995 United States John Daly St Andrews 282 −6
1994 Zimbabwe Nick Price Turnberry 270 −18
1993 Australia Greg Norman Royal St George’s 267 −13
1992 England Nick Faldo Muirfield 272 −12
1991 Australia Ian Baker-Finch Royal Birkdale 272 −8
1990 England Nick Faldo St Andrews 270 −18
1989 United States Mark Calcavecchia [u] Royal Troon 275 −13
1988 Spain Seve Ballesteros Royal Lytham & St Annes 273 −11
1987 England Nick Faldo Muirfield 279 −5
1986 Australia Greg Norman Turnberry 280 E
1985 Scotland Sandy Lyle Royal St George’s 282 2
1984 Spain Seve Ballesteros St Andrews 276 −12
1983 United States Tom Watson Royal Birkdale 275 −9
1982 United States Tom Watson Royal Troon 284 −4
1981 United States Bill Rogers Royal St George’s 276 −4
1980 United States Tom Watson Muirfield 271 −13
1979 Spain Seve Ballesteros Royal Lytham & St Annes 283 −1
1978 United States Jack Nicklaus St Andrews 281 −7
1977 United States Tom Watson Turnberry 283 −5
1976 United States Johnny Miller Royal Birkdale 279 −9
1975 United States Tom Watson Carnoustie 279 −5
1974 South Africa Gary Player Royal Lytham & St Annes 282 −2
1973 United States Tom Weiskopf Royal Troon 276 −12
1972 United States Lee Trevino Muirfield 278 −6
1971 United States Lee Trevino Royal Birkdale 278 −14
1970 United States Jack Nicklaus St Andrews 283 −5
1969 England Tony Jacklin Royal Lytham & St Annes 280 −4
1968 South Africa Gary Player Carnoustie 289 1
1967 Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo Royal Liverpool 278 −10
1966 United States Jack Nicklaus Muirfield 282 −2
1965 Australia Peter Thomson Royal Birkdale 285 −7
1964 United States Tony Lema St Andrews 279 −9
1963 New Zealand Bob Charles Royal Lytham & St Annes 277 −7
1962 United States Arnold Palmer Troon 276 −12
1961 United States Arnold Palmer Royal Birkdale 284 −4
1960 Australia Kel Nagle St Andrews 278 −10
1959 South Africa Gary Player Muirfield 284 E
1958 Australia Peter Thomson Royal Lytham & St Annes 274 −10
1957 South Africa Bobby Locke St Andrews 279 −9
1956 Australia Peter Thomson Royal Liverpool 286 −2
1955 Australia Peter Thomson St Andrews 281 −7
1954 Australia Peter Thomson Royal Birkdale 283 −3
1953 United States Ben Hogan Carnoustie 282 −6
1952 South Africa Bobby Locke Royal Lytham & St Annes 287 –1
1951 England Max Faulkner Royal Portrush 285 −3
1950 South Africa Bobby Locke Royal Troon 279 −9
1949 South Africa Bobby Locke Royal St George’s 283 –5
1948 England Henry Cotton Muirfield 284 E
1947 Northern Ireland Fred Daly Royal Liverpool 293 5
1946 United States Sam Snead St Andrews 290 2
1945 None
1944 None
1943 None
1942 None
1941 None
1940 None
1939 England Dick Burton St Andrews 290 −2
1938 England Reg Whitcombe Royal St George’s 295 15
1937 England Henry Cotton Carnoustie 290 6
1936 England Alf Padgham Royal Liverpool 287 −9
1935 England Alf Perry Muirfield 283 −5
1934 England Henry Cotton Royal St George’s 283 3
1933 United States Denny Shute St Andrews 292 4
1932 United States Gene Sarazen Prince’s Golf Club 283 −5
1931 United States Tommy Armour Carnoustie 296 12
1930 United States Bobby Jones Royal Liverpool 291 3
1929 United States Walter Hagen Muirfield 292 8
1928 United States Walter Hagen Royal St George’s 292 12
1927 United States Bobby Jones St Andrews 285 −3
1926 United States Bobby Jones Royal Lytham & St Annes 291 7
1925 United States Jim Barnes Prestwick Golf Club 300 16
1924 United States Walter Hagen Royal Liverpool 301 13
1923 England Arthur Havers Royal Troon 295 7
1922 United States Walter Hagen Royal St George’s 300 20
1921 United States Jock Hutchison St Andrews 296 8
1920 Scotland George Duncan Royal Cinque Ports 303 15
1919 None
1918 None
1917 None
1916 None
1915 None
1914 Jersey Harry Vardon Prestwick Golf Club 306 n/a
1913 England John Henry Taylor Royal Liverpool 304 n/a
1912 Jersey Ted Ray Muirfield 295 n/a
1911 Jersey Harry Vardon Royal St George’s 303 n/a
1910 Scotland James Braid St Andrews 299 n/a
1909 England John Henry Taylor Royal Cinque Ports 291 n/a
1908 Scotland James Braid Prestwick Golf Club 291 n/a
1907 France Arnaud Massy Royal Liverpool 312 n/a
1906 Scotland James Braid Muirfield 300 n/a
1905 Scotland James Braid St Andrews 318 n/a
1904 Scotland Jack White Royal St George’s 296 n/a
1903 Jersey Harry Vardon Prestwick Golf Club 300 n/a
1902 Scotland Sandy Herd Royal Liverpool 307 n/a
1901 Scotland James Braid Muirfield 309 n/a
1900 England John Henry Taylor St Andrews 309 n/a
1899 Jersey Harry Vardon Royal St George’s 310 n/a
1898 Jersey Harry Vardon Prestwick Golf Club 307 n/a
1897 England Harold Hilton Royal Liverpool 314 n/a
1896 Jersey Harry Vardon Muirfield 316 n/a
1895 England John Henry Taylor St Andrews 332 n/a
1894 England John Henry Taylor Royal St George’s 326 n/a
1893 Scotland William Auchterlonie Prestwick Golf Club 322 n/a
1892 England Harold Hilton Muirfield 305 n/a
1891 Scotland Hugh Kirkaldy St Andrews 166 n/a
1890 England John Ball Prestwick Golf Club 162 n/a
1889 Scotland Willie Park Jr. Musselburgh Links 155 n/a
1888 Scotland Jack Burns St Andrews 171 n/a
1887 Scotland Willie Park Jr. Prestwick Golf Club 161 n/a
1886 Scotland David Brown Musselburgh Links 157 n/a
1885 Scotland Bob Martin St Andrews 171 n/a
1884 Scotland Jack Simpson Prestwick Golf Club 160 n/a
1883 Scotland Willie Fernie Musselburgh Links 159 n/a
1882 Scotland Bob Ferguson St Andrews 171 n/a
1881 Scotland Bob Ferguson Prestwick Golf Club 170 n/a
1880 Scotland Bob Ferguson Musselburgh Links 162 n/a
1879 Scotland Jamie Anderson St Andrews 169 n/a
1878 Scotland Jamie Anderson Prestwick Golf Club 157 n/a
1877 Scotland Jamie Anderson Musselburgh Links 160 n/a
1876 Scotland Bob Martin St Andrews 176 n/a
1875 Scotland Willie Park Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 166 n/a
1874 Scotland Mungo Park Musselburgh Links 159 n/a
1873 Scotland Tom Kidd St Andrews 179 n/a
1872 Scotland Tom Morris Jr. Prestwick Golf Club 166 n/a
1871 None[c]
1870 Scotland Tom Morris Jr. Prestwick Golf Club 149 n/a
1869 Scotland Tom Morris Jr. Prestwick Golf Club 157 n/a
1868 Scotland Tom Morris Jr. Prestwick Golf Club 154 n/a
1867 Scotland Tom Morris Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 170 n/a
1866 Scotland Willie Park Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 169 n/a
1865 Scotland Andrew Strath Prestwick Golf Club 162 n/a
1864 Scotland Tom Morris Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 167 n/a
1863 Scotland Willie Park Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 168 n/a
1862 Scotland Tom Morris Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 163 n/a
1861 Scotland Tom Morris Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 163 n/a
1860 Scotland Willie Park Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 174 n/a

This British Open Winners List will be updated following each completed British Open.


Who has won the most British Opens?

Below is a list of players who have won the most British Open Championships.

Player Total Years
Harry Vardon (JEY) 6 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914
James Braid (SCO) 5 1901, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1910
John Henry Taylor (ENG) 5 1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, 1913
Peter Thomson (AUS) 5 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965
Tom Watson (USA) 5 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983
Tom Morris Sr. (SCO) 4 1861, 1862, 1864, 1867
Tom Morris Jr. (SCO) 4 1868, 1869, 1870, 1872
Willie Park Sr. (SCO) 4 1860, 1863, 1866, 1875
Walter Hagen (USA) 4 1922, 1924, 1928, 1929
Bobby Locke (RSA) 4 1949, 1950, 1952, 1957
Jamie Anderson (SCO) 3 1877, 1878, 1879
Bob Ferguson (SCO) 3 1880, 1881, 1882
Bobby Jones (a) (USA) 3 1926, 1927, 1930
Henry Cotton (ENG) 3 1934, 1937, 1948
Gary Player (RSA) 3 1959, 1968, 1974
Jack Nicklaus (USA) 3 1966, 1970, 1978
Seve Ballesteros (ESP) 3 1979, 1984, 1988
Nick Faldo (ENG) 3 1987, 1990, 1992
Tiger Woods (USA) 3 2000, 2005, 2006
Bob Martin (SCO) 2 1876, 1885
Willie Park Jr. (SCO) 2 1887, 1889
Harold Hilton (ENG) 2 1892, 1897
Arnold Palmer (USA) 2 1961, 1962
Lee Trevino (USA) 2 1971, 1972
Greg Norman (AUS) 2 1986, 1993
Pádraig Harrington (IRL) 2 2007, 2008
Ernie Els (RSA) 2 2002, 2012

 

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