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Golf stats: Golfers from Great Britain who have conquered the Open Championship

The Open or the British Open is the oldest golf tournament in the world. Founded in 1860, it was originally held annually at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. Later the venue rotated between a select group of coastal links golf courses in the United Kingdom. It is organised by the R&A.

The Open is one of the four men’s major golf tournaments, the others being the Masters Tournament, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open. Since the PGA Championship moved to May 2019, the Open has been chronologically the fourth and final major tournament of the year. It is held in mid-July.

It is called The Open because it is in theory “open” to all, i.e. professional and amateur golfers. In practice, the current event is a professional tournament in which a small number of the world’s leading amateurs also play, by invitation or qualification. The success of the tournament has led to many other open golf tournaments being introduced around the world. The reigning champion is Cameron Smith, who won the 2022 Open at St Andrews with a score of 268.

What is the format of the Open Championship?

Qualifying for the British Open was introduced in 1907. However, in the modern era, the majority of players get an exemption from qualification. This is based on the performance of the previous season. It can also be based on the high rankings of the Official World Golf Rankings. Five amateurs are also exempt from qualifying by winning various global amateur titles provided they maintain their amateur status prior to The Open.

Talking about the game format, there are a total of 156 players. The British Open is a 72-hole stroke play. According to the weather conditions, the players have to 18 holes a day over four days. The tournament starts on the day before the third Friday in July. Each player has one morning and one afternoon tee time in the first two days in groups of three. After 36 holes, only the top 70 and ties play the final 36 holes. If there is a tie for the lead after 72 holes, a three-hole aggregate playoff is held. This is followed by a sudden death if the lead is still tied.

Who are the winners of the Open Championship from Great Britain?

YearWinnerScore
2014Rory McIlroy271
2011Darren Clarke275
1999Paul Lawrie290
1992Nick Faldo272
1990Nick Faldo270
1987Nick Faldo279
1985Sandy Lyle282
1969Tony Jacklin280
1951Max Faulkner285
1948Henry Cotton284
1947Fred Daly293
1939Dick Burton290
1938Reg Whitcombe295
1937Henry Cotton290
1936Alf Padgham287
1935Alf Perry283
1934Henry Cotton283
1923Arthur Havers295
1920George Duncan303
1914Harry Vardon306
1913John Henry Taylor304
1912Ted Ray295
1911Harry Vardon 303
1910James Braid 299
1909John Henry Taylor291
1908James Braid291
1907Arnaud Massy312
1906James Braid300
1905James Braid318
1904Jack White296
1903Harry Vardon300
1902Sandy Herd307
1901James Braid309
1900John Henry Taylor309
1899Harry Vardon310
1898Harry Vardon307
1897Harold Hilton314
1896Harry Vardon316
1895John Henry Taylor322
1894John Henry Taylor326
1893William Auchterlonie322
1892Harold Hilton 305
1891Hugh Kirkaldy166
1890John Ball164
1889Willie Park Jr.155
1888Jack Burns171
1887Willie Park Jr.161
1886David Brown157
1885Bob Martin171
1884Jack Simpson160
1883Willie Fernie159
1882Bob Ferguson 171
1881Bob Ferguson 170
1880Bob Ferguson162
1879Jamie Anderson 169
1878Jamie Anderson 157
1877Jamie Anderson160
1876Bob Martin176
1875Willie Park Sr. 166
1874Mungo Park159
1873Tom Kidd179
1872Young Tom Morris 166
1870Young Tom Morris 149
1869Young Tom Morris 157
1868Young Tom Morris154
1867Old Tom Morris 170
1866Willie Park Sr. 169
1865Andrew Strath162
1864Old Tom Morris 167
1863Willie Park Sr. 168
1862Old Tom Morris 163
1861Old Tom Morris163
1860Willie Park Sr.174

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