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Open Championship winners since 1970

The Open Championship or known as the British Open by Americans—has been played since the year 1860, when Willie Park Sr. won the inaugural event.  Little did he, or the other seven golfers who competed, know that the tournament that year at Prestwick would grow to become golf’s oldest and arguably most prestigious major championship.

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  • 6 wins – Harry Vardon, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914
  • 5 wins – James Braid, 1901, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1910
  • 5 wins – J.H. Taylor, 1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, 1913
  • 5 wins – Peter Thomson, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965
  • 5 wins – Tom Watson, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983
  • 4 wins – Old Tom Morris, Young Tom Morris, Willie Park Sr., Walter Hagen, Bobby Locke
  • 3 wins – Jamie Anderson, Bob Ferguson, Bobby Jones, Henry Cotton, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods
  • 2 wins – Bob Martin, Willie Park Jr., Harold Hilton, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els

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Prize Money

It’s also very interesting to see how the prize money has changed!  Here’s an overview – In 1900 the prize money for the winner was £50, this rose to £100 in 1931.   By in 1970 there was a cheque for £5250 rising to £100,000 by 1993.    By the year 2000 a win at the Open would earn you £500,000 rising to £1,150,000 by 2015.

At the 2018 Open Championship will offer a purse of £7.87m, up $150,000 on last year, with the winner taking home £ 1.42m.  It will be the 147th Open Championship, held 19–22 July 2018 at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland.

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Here are all the previous Open Championship winners and locations since 1970

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2019 Shane Lowry wins in front of a home crowd at Portrush – Northern Ireland

2018 Francesco Molinari – Carnoustie

2017 Jordan Spieth – Royal Birkdale
2016 Henrik Stenson – Royal Troon
2015 Zach Johnson – St Andrews
2014 Rory McIlroy – Hoylake
2013 Phil Mickelson – Muirfield
2012 Ernie Els – Royal Lytham & St Annes
2011 Darren Clarke – Royal St George’s
2010 Louis Oosthuizen – St Andrews
2009 Stewart Cink – Turnberry
2008 Padraig Harrington – Royal Birkdale
2007 Padraig Harrington – Carnoustie
2006 Tiger Woods – Royal Liverpool

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2005 Tiger Woods – St Andrews
2004 Todd Hamilton – Troon
2003 Ben Curtis – Sandwich
2002 Ernie Els – Muirfield
2001 David Duval – Royal Lytham & St Annes
2000 Tiger Woods – St Andrews
1999 Paul Lawrie – Carnoustie
1998 Mark O’Meara – Royal Birkdale
1997 Justin Leonard – Royal Troon
1996 Tom Lehman – Royal Lytham & St Annes
1995 John Daly – St Andrews
1994 Nick Price – Turnberry
1993 Greg Norman – Royal St Georges, Sandwich

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1992 Nick Faldo – Muirfield
1991 Ian Baker-Finch – Royal Birkdale
1990 Nick Faldo – St Andrews
1989 Mark Calcavecchia – Royal Troon
1988 Seve Ballesteros – Royal Lytham & St Annes
1987 Nick Faldo – Muirfield
1986 Greg Norman – Turnberry
1985 Sandy Lyle – Royal St Georges, Sandwich
1984 Seve Ballesteros -St Andrews
1983 Tom Watson – Royal Birkdale
1982 Tom Watson – Royal Troon
1981 Bill Rogers – Royal St Georges, Sandwich
1980 Tom Watson – Muirfield
1979 Seve Ballesteros – Royal Lytham & St Annes
1978 Jack Nicklaus – St Andrews
1977 Tom Watson – Turnberry
1976 Johnny Miller – Royal Birkdale
1975 Tom Watson – Carnoustie
1974 Gary Player – Royal Lytham & St Annes
1973 Tom Weiskopf – Royal Troon
1972 Lee Trevino – Muirfield
1971 Lee Trevino – Royal Birkdale
1970 Jack Nicklaus – St Andrews

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