The Open Past Winners

The Open Past Winners

The Open Championship is the oldest and what many consider to be the best golf tournament in the world and all the great players down the years have headed to the UK to try and win the Claret Jug. The record for the most wins at the Open Championship is still held by Harry Vardon who won the tournament six times with the last one coming in 1914. When looking for more recent names then one man stands out and that is the great Tom Watson who has taken the Claret Jug a brilliant five times during the 70's and 80's. Watson almost made it number six in 2009 when he had a putt to win the Claret Jug at the age of 59 which would have been an incredible achievement, as it was the putt fell short and Watson lost in a play-off to Stewart Cink.

More recently the Open has thrown up a few surprise winners with virtual unknowns like Ben Curtis and Todd Hamilton winning in 2003 and 2004, this is generally put down to the unpredictable nature of links golf.

Past Winners of the Open

1899 - Harry Vardon
1898 - Harry Vardon
1897 - a-Harold "Hal" Hilton
1896 - Harry Vardon
1895 - J.H. Taylor
1894 - J.H. Taylor
1893 - William Auchterlonie
1892 - a-Harold "Hal" Hilton
1891 - Hugh Kirkaldy
1890 - a-John Ball
1889 - Willie Park Jr.
1888 - Jack Burns
1887 - Willie Park Jr.
1886 - David Brown
1885 - Bob Martin
1884 - Jack Simpson
1883 - Willie Fernie
1882 - Bob Ferguson
1881 - Bob Ferguson
1880 - Bob Ferguson
1879 - Jamie Anderson
1878 - Jamie Anderson
1877 - Jamie Anderson
1876 - Bob Martin
1875 - Willie Park Sr.
1874 - Mungo Park
1873 - Tom Kidd
1872 - Young Tom Morris
1871 - Not played
1870 - Young Tom Morris
1869 - Young Tom Morris
1868 - Young Tom Morris
1867 - Old Tom Morris
1866 - Willie Park Sr.
1865 - Andrew Strath
1864 - Old Tom Morris
1863 - Willie Park Sr.
1862 - Old Tom Morris
1861 - Old Tom Morris
1860 - Willie Park Sr.