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The Open Championship


The Championship is run under the aegis of the Royal and Ancient who have been the recognised Governing Authority of golf throughout the world since 1897.
There are now 100 countries affiliated to the Royal and Ancient.
The first Open winner on the Old Course, St Andrews, was Tom Kidd, 1873, who received 11.00.
The last Open winner on the Old Course, St Andrews was Tiger Woods, 2000, who scored 19 under par, breaking the previous record held by Nick Faldo.

The Old Course, St Andrews
The first Open Championship played over the Old Course was held in 1873.
It was played over 36 holes.
There were 26 entrants.
The winner was Tom Kidd with a score of 88 + 91 = 179.
The millennium open was the 26th time that the Open has been played on the Old Course, St Andrews.
The Old Course was lengthened for the Millennium Open.
There are 6 new championship tees.
The new course record over this lengthened course is 65.

Statistics

LAST WINNER:
Tiger Woods 2000, 24 years

OLDEST OPEN WINNER:
Old Tom Morris 1867, 46 years 99 days

YOUNGEST OPEN WINNER:
Young Tom Morris, 1868, 17 years 5 months 8 days

CHAMPIONS IN THREE DECADES:
Harry Vardon, 1896, 1903, 1911
J.H Taylor, 1894, 1900, 1913
Gary Player, 1959, 1968, 1974

VICTORIES BY AMATEURS:
(3) Bobby Jones 1926, 27, 30
(2) Harold Hilton 1892, 97
(1) John Ball 1890

MOST OPEN VICTORIES:
6, Harry Vardon, 1896,98,99,1903, 11, 14
5, James Braid, 1901, 05, 06, 08, 10
J H Taylor, 1894, 95, 1900, 09, 13
Peter Thomson, 1954, 55, 56, 58, 65
Tom Watson, 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83

YOUNGEST AND OLDEST COMPETITOR:
Young Tom Morris, 17 years 5 months 8 days, 1868
Gene Sarazen, 71 years, 4 months, 13 days, 1973

BIGGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:
13 strokes - Old Tom Morris, 1862
12 strokes - Young Tom Morris, 1870
8 strokes - J H Taylor, 1900 and 1913; James Braid, 1908
6 strokes - Bobby Jones, 1927;
Walter Hagen, 1929;
Arnold Palmer, 1962;
Johnny Miller, 1976

LOWEST WINNING AGGREGATES:
267 (66, 68, 69, 64) Greg Norman, Royal St George, 1993
268, (68,70, 65, 65) Tom Watson, Turnberry, 1977
(69, 66, 67, 66) Nick Price, Turnberry, 1994
270 (67, 65, 67, 71) Nick Faldo, St Andrews, 1990

LOWEST INDIVIDUAL ROUND:
63 - Mark Hayes, 2nd round Turnberry, 1977;
Isao Aoki, 3rd round Muirfield, 1980;
Greg Norman, 2nd round Turnberry, 1986;
Paul Broadhurst, 3rd round St Andrews, 1990;
Jodie Mudd, 4th round Royal Birkdale, 1991;
Nick Faldo, 2nd round and Payne Stewart, 4th round Royal St George's, 1993

LOWEST INDIVIDUAL ROUND BY AN AMATEUR:

66 - Frank Stranahan, 4th round Troon, 1950
Tiger Woods, 2nd round, Royal Lytham & St Annes, 1996
Justin Rose, 2nd round Birkdale, 1998

SUCCESSIVE VICTORIES:
4, Young Tom Morris, 1868-72
3, Jamie Anderson, 1877-79
Bob Ferguson, 1880-82
Peter Thomson, 1954-56
2, Old Tom Morris, 1861-62
J.H Taylor, 1894-95
Harry Vardon, 1998-99
James Braid, 1905-06
Bobby Jones, 1926-27
Walter Hagen, 1928-29
Bobby Locke, 1949-50
Arnold Palmer, 1961-62
Lee Trevino, 1971-72
Tom Watson, 1982-83

LONGEST OPEN GOLF COURSE:
Carnoustie, 1968 - 7252 yd (6631m)

GOLF COURSES USED:
St Andrews - 26 (including year 2000)
Prestwick - 24
Muirfield - 14
Sandwich - 12
Hoylake - 10
Royal Lytham - 9
Royal Birkdale - 8
Royal Troon - 7
Musselburgh - 6
Carnoustie - 6
Turnberry - 3
Deal - 2
Royal Portrush and Prince's - 1



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