British Open Championship Winners

Young Tom Morris wearing The Champion's Belt -- the original prize for the Open Championship.
Young Tom Morris wearing The Champion’s Belt — the original prize for Open Championship winners.

The oldest of golf’s majors, the Open Championship extends back to 1860, when it was played by eight professionals at Prestwick Golf Club. The initial winner was Willie Park, Sr. He defeated the heavily favored “Old” Tom Morris by two strokes.

Harry Vardon holds the record for the most number of victories, with six.

Winners of the Open Championship originally received “The Champion’s Belt.” Later, the trophy became the famed Claret Jug.

The complete list is below. A = amateur PO = Playoff, a number in parenthesis following a name indicates the number of Open Championships that player had won at that point.

British Open Championship Past Winners
Year Venue Champion Country Winning Score 1st Prize
2016 Royal Troon Henrik Stenson Sweden 264 (-20) £1,175,000
2015 The Old Course at St Andrews Zach Johnson The United States 273 (-15) £1,150,000
2014 Royal Liverpool Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland 271 (-17) £ 975 000
2013 Muirfield Phil Mickelson United States 281 (-3) £ 945 000
2012 Royal Lytham and St. Annes Ernie Els (2) South Africa 273 (-7) £ 900 000
2011 Royal St. George’s Darren Clarke Northern Ireland 275 (-5) £ 900 000
2010 St Andrews Louis Oosthuizen South Africa 272 (-16) £ 850 000
2009 Turnberry Stewart Cink United States 278 (-2)PO £ 750 000
2008 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Pádraig Harrington (2) Ireland 283 (+3) £ 750 000
2007 Carnoustie Golf Links Pádraig Harrington Ireland 277 (–7)PO £ 750 000
2006 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Tiger Woods (3) United States 270 (–18) £ 720 000
2005 St Andrews Tiger Woods (2) United States 274 (–14) £ 720 000
2004 Royal Troon Golf Club Todd Hamilton United States 274 (–10)PO £ 720 000
2003 Royal St George’s Golf Club Ben Curtis United States 283 (–1) £ 700 000
2002 Muirfield Ernie Els South Africa 278 (–6)PO £ 700 000
2001 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club David Duval United States 274 (–10) £ 600 000
2000 St Andrews Tiger Woods United States 269 (–19) £ 500 000
1999 Carnoustie Golf Links Paul Lawrie Scotland 290 (+6)PO £ 350 000
1998 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Mark O’Meara United States 280 (E)PO £ 300 000
1997 Royal Troon Golf Club Justin Leonard United States 272 (–12) £ 250 000
1996 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Tom Lehman United States 271 (–13) £ 200 000
1995 St Andrews John Daly United States 282 (–6)PO £ 125 000
1994 Turnberry Nick Price Zimbabwe 268 (–12) £ 110 000
1993 Royal St George’s Golf Club Greg Norman (2) Australia 267 (–13) £ 100 000
1992 Muirfield Nick Faldo (3) England 272 (–12) £ 95 000
1991 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Ian Baker-Finch Australia 272 (–8) £ 90 000
1990 St Andrews Nick Faldo (2) England 270 (–18) £ 85 000
1989 Royal Troon Golf Club Mark Calcavecchia United States 275 (–13)PO £ 80 000
1988 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Seve Ballesteros (3) Spain 273 (–11) £ 80 000
1987 Muirfield Nick Faldo England 279 (–5) £ 75 000
1986 Turnberry Greg Norman Australia 280 (E) £ 70 000
1985 Royal St George’s Golf Club Sandy Lyle Scotland 282 (+2) £ 65 000
1984 St Andrews Seve Ballesteros (2) Spain 276 (–12) £ 55 000
1983 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Tom Watson (5) United States 275 (–9) £ 40 000
1982 Royal Troon Golf Club Tom Watson (4) United States 284 (–4) £ 32 000
1981 Royal St George’s Golf Club Bill Rogers United States 276 (–4) £ 25 000
1980 Muirfield Tom Watson (3) United States 271 (–13) £ 25 000
1979 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Seve Ballesteros Spain 283 (–1) £ 15 000
1978 St Andrews Jack Nicklaus (3) United States 281 (–7) £ 12 500
1977 Turnberry Tom Watson (2) United States 268 (–12) £ 10 000
1976 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Johnny Miller United States 279 (–9) £ 7 500
1975 Carnoustie Golf Links Tom Watson United States 279 (–5)PO £ 7 500
1974 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Gary Player (3) South Africa 282 (–2) £ 5 500
1973 Royal Troon Golf Club Tom Weiskopf United States 276 (–12) £ 5 500
1972 Muirfield Lee Trevino (2) United States 278 (–6) £ 5 500
1971 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Lee Trevino United States 278 (–10) £ 5 500
1970 St Andrews Jack Nicklaus (2) United States 283 (–5)PO £ 5 250
1969 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Tony Jacklin England 280 (–4) £ 4 250
1968 Carnoustie Golf Links Gary Player (2) South Africa 289 (+1) £ 3 000
1967 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Roberto De Vicenzo Argentina 278 (–10) £ 2 100
1966 Muirfield Jack Nicklaus United States 282 (+2) £ 2 100
1965 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Peter Thomson (5) Australia 285 (–3) £ 1 750
1964 St Andrews Tony Lema United States 279 (–9) £ 1 500
1963 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Bob Charles New Zealand 277 (–7)PO £ 1 500
1962 Royal Troon Golf Club Arnold Palmer (2) United States 276 (–12) £ 1 400
1961 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Arnold Palmer United States 284 (–4) £ 1 400
1960 St Andrews Kel Nagle Australia 278 (–10) £ 1 250
1959 Muirfield Gary Player South Africa 284 (E) £ 1 000
1958 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Peter Thomson (4) Australia 274 (–10)PO £ 1 000
1957 St Andrews Bobby Locke (4) South Africa 279 (–9) £ 1 000
1956 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Peter Thomson (3) Australia 286 (–2) £ 1 000
1955 St Andrews Peter Thomson (2) Australia 281 (–7) £ 1 000
1954 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Peter Thomson Australia 283 (–5) £750
1953 Carnoustie Golf Links Ben Hogan United States 282 (–6) £500
1952 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Bobby Locke (3) South Africa 287 (–1) £300
1951 Royal Portrush Golf Club Max Faulkner England 285 (–3) £300
1950 Royal Troon Golf Club Bobby Locke (2) South Africa 279 (–9) £300
1949 Royal St George’s Golf Club Bobby Locke South Africa 283 (–5) £300
1948 Muirfield Henry Cotton (3) England 288 (E) £150
1947 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Fred Daly Northern Ireland 293 (+5) £150
1946 St Andrews Sam Snead United States 290 (+2) £150
1940–1945: No Championships because of World War II
1939 St Andrews Richard Burton England 290 £100
1938 Royal St George’s Golf Club Reg Whitcombe England 295 £100
1937 Carnoustie Golf Links Henry Cotton (2) England 290 £100
1936 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Alf Padgham England 287 £100
1935 Muirfield Alf Perry England 283 £100
1934 Royal St George’s Golf Club Henry Cotton England 283 £100
1933 St Andrews Denny Shute United States 292PO £100
1932 Prince’s Golf Club Gene Sarazen United States 283 £100
1931 Carnoustie Golf Links Tommy Armour United States 296 £100
1930 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Bobby Jones (a) (3) United States 291 Am – £100
1929 Muirfield Walter Hagen (4) United States 292 £100
1928 Royal St George’s Golf Club Walter Hagen (3) United States 292 £100
1927 St Andrews Bobby Jones (a) (2) United States 285 Am – £100
1926 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Bobby Jones (a) United States 291 Am – £75
1925 Prestwick Golf Club Jim Barnes United States 300 £75
1924 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Walter Hagen (2) United States 301 £75
1923 Royal Troon Golf Club Arthur Havers England 295 £75
1922 Royal St George’s Golf Club Walter Hagen United States 300 £75
1921 St Andrews Jock Hutchison United States 296PO £75
1920 Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club George Duncan Scotland 303 £75
1915–1919: No Championships because of World War I
1914 Prestwick Golf Club Harry Vardon (6) Jersey 306 £50
1913 Royal Liverpool Golf Club John Henry Taylor (5) England 304 £50
1912 Muirfield Ted Ray Jersey 295 £50
1911 Royal St George’s Golf Club Harry Vardon (5) Jersey 303PO £50
1910 St Andrews James Braid (5) Scotland 299 £50
1909 Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club John Henry Taylor (4) England 291 £30
1908 Prestwick Golf Club James Braid (4) Scotland 291 £30
1907 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Arnaud Massy France 312 £30
1906 Muirfield James Braid (3) Scotland 300 £30
1905 St Andrews James Braid (2) Scotland 318 £30
1904 Royal St George’s Golf Club Jack White Scotland 296 £30
1903 Prestwick Golf Club Harry Vardon (4) Jersey 300 £30
1902 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Sandy Herd Scotland 307 £30
1901 Muirfield James Braid Scotland 309 £30
1900 St. Andrews John Henry Taylor (3) England 309 £30
1899 Royal St George’s Golf Club Harry Vardon (3) Jersey 310 £30
1898 Prestwick Golf Club Harry Vardon (2) Jersey 307 £30
1897 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Harold Hilton (a) (2) England 314 Am – £30
1896 Muirfield Harry Vardon Jersey 316 PO £30
1895 St Andrews John Henry Taylor (2) England 332 £30
1894 Royal St George’s Golf Club John Henry Taylor England 326 £30
1893 Prestwick Golf Club William Auchterlonie Scotland 322 £30
1892 Muirfield Harold Hilton (a) England 305 (Am)
1891 St Andrews Hugh Kirkaldy Scotland 166 £10
1890 Prestwick Golf Club John Ball (a) England 164 Am – £8
1889 Musselburgh Links Willie Park Jnr (2) Scotland 155PO £8
1888 St Andrews Jack Burns Scotland 171 £10
1887 Prestwick Golf Club Willie Park Jnr Scotland 161 £10
1886 Musselburgh Links David Brown Scotland 157 £10
1885 St Andrews Bob Martin (2) Scotland 171 £10
1884 Prestwick Golf Club Jack Simpson Scotland 160 £10
1883 Musselburgh Links Willie Fernie Scotland 159PO £10
1882 St Andrews Bob Ferguson (3) Scotland 171 £10
1881 Prestwick Golf Club Bob Ferguson (2) Scotland 170 £10
1880 Musselburgh Links Bob Ferguson Scotland 162 £10
1879 St Andrews Jamie Anderson (3) Scotland 169 £10
1878 Prestwick Golf Club Jamie Anderson (2) Scotland 157 £10
1877 Musselburgh Links Jamie Anderson Scotland 160 £10
1876 St Andrews Bob Martin Scotland 176 £10
1875 Prestwick Golf Club Willie Park Snr (4) Scotland 166 £6
1874 Musselburgh Links Mungo Park Scotland 159 £6
1873 St Andrews Tom Kidd Scotland 179 £6
1872 Prestwick Golf Club Tom Morris Jnr (4) Scotland 166 £6
1871 No Championship
1870 Prestwick Golf Club Tom Morris Jnr (3) Scotland 149 £6
1869 Prestwick Golf Club Tom Morris Jnr (2) Scotland 154 £6
1868 Prestwick Golf Club Tom Morris Jnr Scotland 157 £6
1867 Prestwick Golf Club Tom Morris Snr (4) Scotland 170 £6
1866 Prestwick Golf Club Willie Park Snr (3) Scotland 169 £6
1865 Prestwick Golf Club Andrew Strath Scotland 162 £6
1864 Prestwick Golf Club Tom Morris Snr (3) Scotland 167 £6
1863 Prestwick Golf Club Willie Park Snr (2) Scotland 168
1862 Prestwick Golf Club Tom Morris Snr (2) Scotland 163
1861 Prestwick Golf Club Tom Morris Snr Scotland 163
1860 Prestwick Golf Club Willie Park Snr Scotland 174

5 thoughts on “British Open Championship Winners

  1. In 1953 Ben Hogan took home $5,000 for winning the US Open.  At the time, a British Pound was worth $2.80 so by comparison, Ben only received $1,400 for winning the Open.  In 1971, Lee Trevino won $30,000 as the US Open champion.  That same year Lee’s win at the Open paid the equivalent of $13,200 (a pound was the approx. equivalent of $2.40 that year).  Graeme McDowell took home $1,350,000 for his win this year.  At $1.52 per pound, the Open winner will receive the equivalent of $1,140,000.

  2. Just shows how much things having changed money wise when it comes to golf. The British open is probably the most sort after major given that is played at the home of golf.

    Very difficult to pick a winner this year as there are so many chances. I’ll come up with my top four in the next 2 days.

  3. The thing that sticks out in my mind right now with this article and golf is how will the Americans do in this Open Championship. I feel a little competitive about it. The top players in the world right now are Europeans. They have played the best and deserve it. The course they are playing at will require a great deal of mental toughness. I am looking forward to see how it plays out. It will be a true test for all participants and I am glad of that.

  4. In the past of The Open Championship, various grants have already been given away for several successes. A few of these include the Challenge Belt, The Gold Medal, The Silver Medal, and also the Bronze Medal. At this time probably the most precious medal is the Claret Jug. Additionally referred to as Golf Champion Trophy, it changed the Challenge Belt and may be awarded towards the champion every year since 1873.

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