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The 36 People in the World Who’ve Won a Claret Jug

The 145th Open Championship begins this Thursday at Royal Troon in Scotland, and players are looking forward to possibly adding their name to the list of those who have hoisted the Claret Jug.

According to the latest census figures, there are about 7.125 billion people alive in the world right now, yet only 36 of them can say that they’ve hoisted the Golf Championship Trophy (aka The Claret Jug) at least once in their lifetime.

Here’s a look at the list, from youngest to oldest.

1. Rory Mcilroy, 27, Northern Ireland

 
McIlroy was 25 when he won at Royal Liverpool in 2014.

2. Louis Oosthuizen, 33, South Africa

Oosthuizen was 27 when he won at St. Andrews in 2010.

3. Ben Curtis, 39, United States

Curtis was 26 when he won at Royal St Georges in 2003.

4. Zach Johnson, 40, United States

Johnson was 39 when he won at St Andrew’s in 2015.

5. Tiger Woods, 40, United States

 
Woods was 24 when he won his first at St Andrews in 2000, and 29 when he won again in 2005. He was 30 when he captured his third at Royal Liverpool in 2006.

6. Stewart Cink, 43, United States

Cink was 36 when he won at Turnberry in 2009.

7. Justin Leonard, 44, United States

Leonard was 25 when he won at Royal Troon in 1997.

8. Padraig Harrington, 44, Ireland

Harrington was 35 when he won at Carnoustie in 2007, and 36 for his win at Royal Birkdale in 2008.

9. David Duval, 44, United States

Duval was 29 when he won at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2001.

10. Phil Mickelson, 46, United States

 
Mickelson was 43 when he won at Muirfield in 2013.

11. Ernie Els, 46, South Africa

Els was 32 when he won at Muirfield in 2002, and 42 when he won at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012.

12. Paul Lawrie, 47, Scotland

Lawrie was 30 when he won at Carnoustie in 1999.

13. Darren Clarke, 47, Northern Ireland

Clarke was 42 when he won at Royal St Georges in 2011.

14. John Daly, 50, United States

Daly was 29 when he won at St Andrews in 1995.

15. Todd Hamilton, 50, United States

 
Hamilton was 38 when he won at Royal Troon in 2004.

16. Ian Baker-Finch, 55, Australia

Baker-Finch was 30 when he won at Royal Birkdale in 1991.

17.Mark Calcavecchia, 56, United States

Calc was 29 when he won at Troon in 1989.

18. Tom Lehman, 57, United States

Lehman was 37 when he won at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1996.

19. Sandy Lyle, 58, Scotland

Lyle was 27 when he won at Royal St Georges in 1985.

20. Nick Faldo, 58, England

 
Faldo was 30 when he won at Muirfield in 1987, 33 when he won at St Andrews in 1990, and 35 for his 3rd Open Championship at Muirfeild in 1992.

21. Nick Price, 59, Zimbabwe

Price was 37 when he won at Turnberry in 1994.

23. Mark O’Meara, 59, United States

O’Meara was 41 when he won at Royal Birkdale in 1998.

24. Greg Norman, 61, Australia

Norman was 31 when he won at Turnberry in 1986, and 38 when he won number two at Royal St Georges.

25. Bill Rogers, 64, United States

 
Rogers was 29 when he won at Royal St Georges in 1981.

26. Tom Watson, 66, United States

Watson was 25 for his win at Carnoustie (1975), 27 at Turnberry (1977), 30 at Muirfield (1980), 32 at Royal Troon (1982), and 33 at Royal Birkdale (1983).

27. Johnny Miller, 69, United States

Miller was 29 when he won at Royal Birkdale in 1976.

28. Tony Jacklin, 72, England

Jacklin was 25 when he won at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1969.

29. Tom Weiskopf, 73, United States

Weiskopf was 30 when he won at Troon in 1973.

30. Jack Nicklaus, 76, United States

 
Nicklaus was 26 for his win at Muirfield in 1966, and 30 and 38 for his two wins at St Andrews in 1970, 1978.

31. Lee Trevino, 76, United States

Trevino was 31 for his win at Royal Birkdale in 1971, and 32 for his win at Muirfield in 1972.

32. Bob Charles, 80, New Zealand

Charles was 27 when he won at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1963.

33. Gary Player, 80, South Africa

Player was 23 when he won at Muirfield in 1959, 32 for his win at Carnoustie in 1968, and 38 for his final Open win at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1974.

34. Arnold Palmer, 86, United States

Palmer was 31 when he won at Royal Birkdale in 1961, and 32 for his follow up win at Troon in 1962.

35. Peter Thomson, 86, Australia

Thompson won the Open 5 times: Royal Birkdale in 1954 at 23, St Andrews in 1955 at 24, Royal Liverpool in 1956 at 25, Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1958 at 27, and Birkdale again in 1965 at 34.

36. Roberto de Vincenzo, 93, Argentina

de Vincenzo was 44 when he won at Royal Liverpool in 1967.

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Brian Thibodeau

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