10 British Open Records You Should Know

The stage is set for the best golfers in the world to compete for the 145th British Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Here are 10 quick records to know about the oldest golf tournament in the world.

1. Most Wins

Six time Open Winner, Harry Vardon has the most wins at the British Open. His wins came in 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911 and 1914. Although Vardon wasn’t the one who originally came up with the overlapping grip, he did popularize it and now it’s commonly known as the “Vardon Grip.”

2. Youngest Winner

Four-time British Open Champion, Tom Morris Jr., was just 17 years, 5 months and 8 days old when he won in 1868, the first of his four victories. He beat his father, Tom Morris Sr. by three strokes. Young Tom is also the youngest competitor in British Open history when he first competed at the age of just 14 years, 4 months and 25 days in 1865.

3. Oldest Winner

Tom Morris Sr. won his fourth British Open at the age of 46 years, 3 months and 9 days in 1867. This was his fourth victory in a span of seven years, which remains a record to date. Old Tom is also the oldest competitor in British Open history when he competed in the 1896 British Open at the age of 74 years, 11 months and 24 days. He also holds the record for the largest margin of victory at the British Open, having won in 1862 with a margin of 13 strokes.

4. Most Runner-Up Finishes

Jack Nicklaus has seven runner-up finishes to go along with his three wins at the British Open. His runner-up finishes came in 1964, ’67, ’68, ’72, ’76 and ’77.

5. Most Winners By Country

The United States has produced the most number of British Open Champions, 28 champions with 43 wins in total. Scotland is second on this list with 22 champions and 41 wins.

6. Most Open Appearances

South African Gary Player has 42 appearances at the British Open. He is a three-time winner of this championship, having won in 1959, ’68 and ’74. Apart from his wins, Player has nine Top additional 10’s.

7. Lowest 18-Hole Score

There are eight players who have shot 63 at the Open Championship.
63 – Mark Hayes, second round, Turnberry, 1977
63 – Isao Aoki, third round, Muirfield, 1980
63 – Greg Norman, second round, Turnberry, 1986
63 – Paul Broadhurst, third round, St. Andrews, 1990
63 – Jodie Mudd, fourth round, Royal Birkdale, 1991
63 – Nick Faldo, second round, Royal St. George’s, 1993
63 – Payne Stewart, fourth round, Royal St George’s, 1993
63 – Rory McIlroy, first round, St. Andrews, 2010

8. Lowest Final Round

At the 1993 British Open, Greg Norman shot a final round 64 (-6) to finish at 267(-13). The Shark’s 64 set a new record as the lowest final round to win the British Open.

9. Lowest Winning Score in Relation to Par

At the 2000 British Open, Tiger Woods won his first Open Championship, and 4th major title. Woods finished the event at 19-under, 269, for an eight shot win over Thomas Bjorn and Ernie Els. In doing so, he set the lowest winning score in relation to par at the British Open.

10. Biggest Comeback

In 1999, Paul Lawrie completed the biggest final round comeback in major championship history by making up 10 strokes before beating Justin Leonard and Jean van de Velde in a Playoff. Van de Velde had a three-stroke lead on the 72nd hole and made a triple bogey to fall into the playoff. To his credit, Lawrie shot a final round 4-under 67.

Saurav Ghosh

Saurav is Pro Golf Weekly's Statistics Content Editor.


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