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
YearVenueChampionCountryWinning Score1st Prize
2016Royal TroonHenrik StensonSweden264 (-20)£1,175,000
2015The Old Course at St AndrewsZach JohnsonThe United States273 (-15)£1,150,000
2014Royal LiverpoolRory McIlroyNorthern Ireland271 (-17)£ 975 000
2013MuirfieldPhil MickelsonUnited States281 (-3)£ 945 000
2012Royal Lytham and St. AnnesErnie Els (2)South Africa273 (-7)£ 900 000
2011Royal St. George’sDarren ClarkeNorthern Ireland275 (-5)£ 900 000
2010St AndrewsLouis OosthuizenSouth Africa272 (-16)£ 850 000
2009TurnberryStewart CinkUnited States278 (-2)PO£ 750 000
2008Royal Birkdale Golf ClubPádraig Harrington (2)Ireland283 (+3)£ 750 000
2007Carnoustie Golf LinksPádraig HarringtonIreland277 (–7)PO£ 750 000
2006Royal Liverpool Golf ClubTiger Woods (3)United States270 (–18)£ 720 000
2005St AndrewsTiger Woods (2)United States274 (–14)£ 720 000
2004Royal Troon Golf ClubTodd HamiltonUnited States274 (–10)PO£ 720 000
2003Royal St George’s Golf ClubBen CurtisUnited States283 (–1)£ 700 000
2002MuirfieldErnie ElsSouth Africa278 (–6)PO£ 700 000
2001Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubDavid DuvalUnited States274 (–10)£ 600 000
2000St AndrewsTiger WoodsUnited States269 (–19)£ 500 000
1999Carnoustie Golf LinksPaul LawrieScotland290 (+6)PO£ 350 000
1998Royal Birkdale Golf ClubMark O’MearaUnited States280 (E)PO£ 300 000
1997Royal Troon Golf ClubJustin LeonardUnited States272 (–12)£ 250 000
1996Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubTom LehmanUnited States271 (–13)£ 200 000
1995St AndrewsJohn DalyUnited States282 (–6)PO£ 125 000
1994TurnberryNick PriceZimbabwe268 (–12)£ 110 000
1993Royal St George’s Golf ClubGreg Norman (2)Australia267 (–13)£ 100 000
1992MuirfieldNick Faldo (3)England272 (–12)£ 95 000
1991Royal Birkdale Golf ClubIan Baker-FinchAustralia272 (–8)£ 90 000
1990St AndrewsNick Faldo (2)England270 (–18)£ 85 000
1989Royal Troon Golf ClubMark CalcavecchiaUnited States275 (–13)PO£ 80 000
1988Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubSeve Ballesteros (3)Spain273 (–11)£ 80 000
1987MuirfieldNick FaldoEngland279 (–5)£ 75 000
1986TurnberryGreg NormanAustralia280 (E)£ 70 000
1985Royal St George’s Golf ClubSandy LyleScotland282 (+2)£ 65 000
1984St AndrewsSeve Ballesteros (2)Spain276 (–12)£ 55 000
1983Royal Birkdale Golf ClubTom Watson (5)United States275 (–9)£ 40 000
1982Royal Troon Golf ClubTom Watson (4)United States284 (–4)£ 32 000
1981Royal St George’s Golf ClubBill RogersUnited States276 (–4)£ 25 000
1980MuirfieldTom Watson (3)United States271 (–13)£ 25 000
1979Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubSeve BallesterosSpain283 (–1)£ 15 000
1978St AndrewsJack Nicklaus (3)United States281 (–7)£ 12 500
1977TurnberryTom Watson (2)United States268 (–12)£ 10 000
1976Royal Birkdale Golf ClubJohnny MillerUnited States279 (–9)£ 7 500
1975Carnoustie Golf LinksTom WatsonUnited States279 (–5)PO£ 7 500
1974Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubGary Player (3)South Africa282 (–2)£ 5 500
1973Royal Troon Golf ClubTom WeiskopfUnited States276 (–12)£ 5 500
1972MuirfieldLee Trevino (2)United States278 (–6)£ 5 500
1971Royal Birkdale Golf ClubLee TrevinoUnited States278 (–10)£ 5 500
1970St AndrewsJack Nicklaus (2)United States283 (–5)PO£ 5 250
1969Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubTony JacklinEngland280 (–4)£ 4 250
1968Carnoustie Golf LinksGary Player (2)South Africa289 (+1)£ 3 000
1967Royal Liverpool Golf ClubRoberto De VicenzoArgentina278 (–10)£ 2 100
1966MuirfieldJack NicklausUnited States282 (+2)£ 2 100
1965Royal Birkdale Golf ClubPeter Thomson (5)Australia285 (–3)£ 1 750
1964St AndrewsTony LemaUnited States279 (–9)£ 1 500
1963Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubBob CharlesNew Zealand277 (–7)PO£ 1 500
1962Royal Troon Golf ClubArnold Palmer (2)United States276 (–12)£ 1 400
1961Royal Birkdale Golf ClubArnold PalmerUnited States284 (–4)£ 1 400
1960St AndrewsKel NagleAustralia278 (–10)£ 1 250
1959MuirfieldGary PlayerSouth Africa284 (E)£ 1 000
1958Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubPeter Thomson (4)Australia274 (–10)PO£ 1 000
1957St AndrewsBobby Locke (4)South Africa279 (–9)£ 1 000
1956Royal Liverpool Golf ClubPeter Thomson (3)Australia286 (–2)£ 1 000
1955St AndrewsPeter Thomson (2)Australia281 (–7)£ 1 000
1954Royal Birkdale Golf ClubPeter ThomsonAustralia283 (–5)£750
1953Carnoustie Golf LinksBen HoganUnited States282 (–6)£500
1952Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubBobby Locke (3)South Africa287 (–1)£300
1951Royal Portrush Golf ClubMax FaulknerEngland285 (–3)£300
1950Royal Troon Golf ClubBobby Locke (2)South Africa279 (–9)£300
1949Royal St George’s Golf ClubBobby LockeSouth Africa283 (–5)£300
1948MuirfieldHenry Cotton (3)England288 (E)£150
1947Royal Liverpool Golf ClubFred DalyNorthern Ireland293 (+5)£150
1946St AndrewsSam SneadUnited States290 (+2)£150
1940–1945: No Championships because of World War II
1939St AndrewsRichard BurtonEngland290£100
1938Royal St George’s Golf ClubReg WhitcombeEngland295£100
1937Carnoustie Golf LinksHenry Cotton (2)England290£100
1936Royal Liverpool Golf ClubAlf PadghamEngland287£100
1935MuirfieldAlf PerryEngland283£100
1934Royal St George’s Golf ClubHenry CottonEngland283£100
1933St AndrewsDenny ShuteUnited States292PO£100
1932Prince’s Golf ClubGene SarazenUnited States283£100
1931Carnoustie Golf LinksTommy ArmourUnited States296£100
1930Royal Liverpool Golf ClubBobby Jones (a) (3)United States291Am – £100
1929MuirfieldWalter Hagen (4)United States292£100
1928Royal St George’s Golf ClubWalter Hagen (3)United States292£100
1927St AndrewsBobby Jones (a) (2)United States285Am – £100
1926Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubBobby Jones (a)United States291Am – £75
1925Prestwick Golf ClubJim BarnesUnited States300£75
1924Royal Liverpool Golf ClubWalter Hagen (2)United States301£75
1923Royal Troon Golf ClubArthur HaversEngland295£75
1922Royal St George’s Golf ClubWalter HagenUnited States300£75
1921St AndrewsJock HutchisonUnited States296PO£75
1920Royal Cinque Ports Golf ClubGeorge DuncanScotland303£75
1915–1919: No Championships because of World War I
1914Prestwick Golf ClubHarry Vardon (6)Jersey306£50
1913Royal Liverpool Golf ClubJohn Henry Taylor (5)England304£50
1912MuirfieldTed RayJersey295£50
1911Royal St George’s Golf ClubHarry Vardon (5)Jersey303PO£50
1910St AndrewsJames Braid (5)Scotland299£50
1909Royal Cinque Ports Golf ClubJohn Henry Taylor (4)England291£30
1908Prestwick Golf ClubJames Braid (4)Scotland291£30
1907Royal Liverpool Golf ClubArnaud MassyFrance312£30
1906MuirfieldJames Braid (3)Scotland300£30
1905St AndrewsJames Braid (2)Scotland318£30
1904Royal St George’s Golf ClubJack WhiteScotland296£30
1903Prestwick Golf ClubHarry Vardon (4)Jersey300£30
1902Royal Liverpool Golf ClubSandy HerdScotland307£30
1901MuirfieldJames BraidScotland309£30
1900St. AndrewsJohn Henry Taylor (3)England309£30
1899Royal St George’s Golf ClubHarry Vardon (3)Jersey310£30
1898Prestwick Golf ClubHarry Vardon (2)Jersey307£30
1897Royal Liverpool Golf ClubHarold Hilton (a) (2)England314Am – £30
1896MuirfieldHarry VardonJersey316 PO£30
1895St AndrewsJohn Henry Taylor (2)England332£30
1894Royal St George’s Golf ClubJohn Henry TaylorEngland326£30
1893Prestwick Golf ClubWilliam AuchterlonieScotland322£30
1892MuirfieldHarold Hilton (a)England305(Am)
1891St AndrewsHugh KirkaldyScotland166£10
1890Prestwick Golf ClubJohn Ball (a)England164Am – £8
1889Musselburgh LinksWillie Park Jnr (2)Scotland155PO£8
1888St AndrewsJack BurnsScotland171£10
1887Prestwick Golf ClubWillie Park JnrScotland161£10
1886Musselburgh LinksDavid BrownScotland157£10
1885St AndrewsBob Martin (2)Scotland171£10
1884Prestwick Golf ClubJack SimpsonScotland160£10
1883Musselburgh LinksWillie FernieScotland159PO£10
1882St AndrewsBob Ferguson (3)Scotland171£10
1881Prestwick Golf ClubBob Ferguson (2)Scotland170£10
1880Musselburgh LinksBob FergusonScotland162£10
1879St AndrewsJamie Anderson (3)Scotland169£10
1878Prestwick Golf ClubJamie Anderson (2)Scotland157£10
1877Musselburgh LinksJamie AndersonScotland160£10
1876St AndrewsBob MartinScotland176£10
1875Prestwick Golf ClubWillie Park Snr (4)Scotland166£6
1874Musselburgh LinksMungo ParkScotland159£6
1873St AndrewsTom KiddScotland179£6
1872Prestwick Golf ClubTom Morris Jnr (4)Scotland166£6
1871 No Championship
1870Prestwick Golf ClubTom Morris Jnr (3)Scotland149£6
1869Prestwick Golf ClubTom Morris Jnr (2)Scotland154£6
1868Prestwick Golf ClubTom Morris JnrScotland157£6
1867Prestwick Golf ClubTom Morris Snr (4)Scotland170£6
1866Prestwick Golf ClubWillie Park Snr (3)Scotland169£6
1865Prestwick Golf ClubAndrew StrathScotland162£6
1864Prestwick Golf ClubTom Morris Snr (3)Scotland167£6
1863Prestwick Golf ClubWillie Park Snr (2)Scotland168
1862Prestwick Golf ClubTom Morris Snr (2)Scotland163
1861Prestwick Golf ClubTom Morris SnrScotland163
1860Prestwick Golf ClubWillie Park SnrScotland174

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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