Discover Golf : Vol 17
1860 The inaugural Open was held at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. Eight golfers contested the event, with Willie Park Senior winning the championship by two shots from Tom Morris Senior. 30 The first non-Scottish winner came at The 30th Open, Prestwick. John Ball became the first Englishman and the first amateur to win the Open. 1867 In 1867, Old Tom Morris became the The Open’s oldest winner. He was aged 46 years and 102 days. 6 Harry Vardon boasts the most Open victories (6). He won in 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911 and 1914. 1 When Bob Charles won the 1963 Open, he became the first New Zealander and the first left- handed player to win one of golf’s professional majors. 7 Jack Nicklaus owns the record of the most runner-up finishes with seven (1964, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1977 and 1979). 62 Branden Grace posted the lowest round in the history of The Open in 2017. At the 146th Open, Royal Birkdale, the South African returned just 62 shots in the third round. 396 American Ben Curtis was a PGA Tour Rookie ranked No. 396 in the world when he won The Open in 2003. 3 Gary Player lifted the Claret Jug in 1959, 1968 and 1974, making him the only player in the 20th century to win the Open in three different decades. Player also holds the record for most Open appearances with 46. 1873 The Golf Champion Trophy, more commonly known as the Claret Jug, was first awarded in 1873. THE OPEN NUMBERS The Open is golf’s original major championship. Here’s a look at some of the key numbers associated with this coveted title. FEATURE CHAMPIONSHIP | THE OPEN 7 4 Four Australians have claimed The Open title. Peter Thomson scored five victories (1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1965). Kel Nagle overcame Arnold Palmer in 1960. Greg Norman gained his only two majors in 1986 and 1993. And, Ian Baker-Finch was victorious at Royal Birkdale in 1991.