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The oldest and arguably the most prestigious of the four major golf championships is the Open Championship, or the British Championship as it is most commonly referred to.

The third championship that is played yearly behind the Masters and US Open tournaments, the British Open has been an official event on the PGA Tour since 1995. The tournament is played on a links course, which is near coastal areas and on sandy soil. The course has few water hazards, if any and often has small, deep bunkers referred to as “pot bunkers”.

Twenty-four players have won more than one Open Championship victory since the birth of the tournament in 1860. Harry Vardon owns the record for British Open titles with six. The Englishman won his first title in 1896 at the Muirfield Golf Course.

Four golfers have five wins apiece including Peter Thomson, James Braid, J.H. Taylor and Tom Watson. Old Tom Morris holds the record for the widest margin of victory at 13 and was one of the pioneers of golf. Both he and his son, Young Tom Morris, share three titles apiece.

Padraig Harrington won the most recent title in 2007 after beating Sergio Garcia by one stroke in a thrilling four-hole playoff. Harrington became the first Irish winner of the British Open since Fred Daly in 1947.

Another impressive victory at the Open Championship happened in ‘01 where David Duval achieved his first major after entering the event at 33 to 1 odds. Duval seemingly came out of nowhere after barely surviving the opening round of the tournament.


Top Information Websites

Open Golf.com
Information and updates for the 2007 British Open held in Carnoustie, Angus.

USGA.com
Official website of the United States Golf Association with links to both men and women‘s tournaments and championships.

The Golf Channel
The latest news, player profiles, weather forecasts, complete TV air times and a look back at the 2006 championship.

Golf Online
Keep up with the latest news, catch scores on the leader board, get a full schedule, key statistics and find out who the money leaders are in the world of golf.

BBC Golf
Daily news and information on all the major tournaments as well as highlight videos.

Golf.com
Anything and everything relating to the sport of golf including: news, games and even contests.


Relive Past British Opens

2008
Harrington captures second straight British Open title
Padraig Harrington shot 4-under par over the final six holes at Royal Birkdale, giving him a four-shot victory to continue a rich tradition of consecutive British Open championships.

2007
Harrington wins a war of nerves at British Open
Padraig Harrington defeated Sergio Garcia by one stroke in a four-hole playoff in a thrilling 2007 Open.

2006
Woods earns 11th career major win at British Open
The incredible Tiger Woods continued his mastery over golf with his third British Open title in just six years.

2005
Tiger closes with 2-under 70 for 10th career major
Tiger Woods goes wire to wire to win his 10th career major and second British Open in six years.

2004
Hamilton wins Open Championship in playoff over Els
In stunning fashion, Todd Hamilton beats Ernie Els for his first British Open title.

2003
Curtis Clinches Open
Rookie Ben Curtis, competing in his first-ever major, comes out of nowhere to capture the 2001 British Open.

2002
Els resurrects career with playoff win
Ernie Els defeats Thomas Levet in the first hole of a sudden death playoff to capture the 2002 British Open.

2001
Gorse Management
Despite great odds and a slew of competition, David Duval captured his first major in underdog fashion.

2000
Superb Woods seals Major glory
Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win all four majors with his 2000 British Open Championship.

General
A to Zee
BBC.com provides a unique A through Z visitors guide to the British Open.


British Open Winners

.Year .Winner
2008 Padraig Harrington
2007 Padraig Harrington
2006 Tiger Woods
2005 Tiger Woods
2004 Todd Hamilton
2003 Ben Curtis
2002 Ernie Els
2001 David Duval
2000 Tiger Woods
1999 Paul Lawrie
1998 Mark O'Meara
1997 Justin Leonard
1996 Tom Lehman
1995 John Daly
1994 Nick Price
1993 Greg Norman
1992 NickFaldo
1991 Ian Baker-Finch
1990 NickFaldo
1989 Mark Calcavecchia
1988 Seve Ballesteros
1987 Nick Faldo
1986 Greg Norman
1985 Sandy Lyle
1984 Seve Ballesteros
1983 Tom Watson
1982 Tom Watson
1981 Bill Rogers
1980 Tom Watson
1979 Seve Ballesteros
1978 Jack Nicklaus
1977 Tom Watson
1976 Johnny Miller
1975 Tom Watson
1974 Gary Player
1973 Tom Weiskopf
1972 Lee Trevino
1971 Lee Trevino
1970 Jack Nicklaus
1969 Tony Jacklin
1968 Gary Player
1967 Roberto deVicenzo
1966 Jack Nicklaus
1965 Peter Thomson
1964 Tony Lema
1963 Bob Charles
1962 Arnold Palmer
1961 Arnold Palmer
1960 Kel Nagle
1959 Gary Player
1958 Peter Thomson
1957 Bobby Locke
1956 Peter Thomson
1955 Peter Thomson
1954 Peter Thomson
1953 Ben Hogan
1952 Bobby Locke
1951 Max Faulkner
1950 Bobby Locke
1949 Bobby Locke
1948 Henry Cotton
1947 Fred Daly
1946 Sam Snead
1940-45 Not played
1939 Richard Burton
1938 R.A. Whitcombe
1937 Henry Cotton
1936 Alfred Padgham
1935 Alfred Perry
1934 Henry Cotton
1933 Denny Shute
1932 Gene Sarazen
1931 Tommy Armour
1930 Robert Jones Jr.
1929 Walter Hagen
1928 Walter Hagen
1927 Robert Jones Jr.
1926 Robert Jones Jr.
1925 James Barnes
1924 Walter Hagen
1923 Arthur Havers
1922 Walter Hagen
1921 Jock Hutchison
1920 George Duncan
1915-19 Not played
1914 Harry Vardon
1913 J.H. Taylor
1912 Edward Ray
1911 Harry Vardon
1910 James Braid
1909 J.H. Taylor
1908 James Braid
1907 Arnaud Massy
1906 James Braid
1905 James Braid
1904 Jack White
1903 Harry Vardon
1902 Alexander Herd
1901 James Braid
1900 J.H. Taylor
1899 Harry Vardon
1898 Harry Vardon
1897 Harold Hilton
1896 Harry Vardon
1895 J.H. Taylor
1894 J.H. Taylor
1893 William Auchterlonie
1892 Harold Hilton
1891 Hugh Kirkaldy
1890 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 Robert Ferguson
1881 Robert Ferguson
1880 Robert Ferguson
1879 Jamie Anderson
1878 Jamie Anderson
1877 Jamie Anderson
1876 Robert Martin
1875 Willie Park
1874 Mungo Park
1873 Tom Kidd
1872 Tom Morris Jr.
1871 Not played
1870 Tom Morris Jr.
1869 Tom Morris Jr.
1868 Tom Morris Jr.
1867 Tom Morris Sr.
1866 Willie Park
1865 Andrew Strath
1864 Tom Morris Sr.
1863 Willie Park
1862 Tom Morris Sr.
1861 Tom Morris Sr.
1860 Willie Park

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