Success at the Masters and The Open
The first major of the year will soon be upon us and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest a Masters victory can be coupled with success at The Open in the same year.
Here, we look at the five most recent players who have slipped on a Green Jacket and sipped from The Claret Jug:
2005 - Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods began a dominant year defeating Chris DiMarco in a first-hole play-off at Augusta to return to the top of the world rankings – a place he would regularly trade with Vijay Singh throughout 2005.
Then, in July, he recorded a wire-to-wire victory by five strokes at the historic Old Course at St Andrews to win The Open for the second time.
1998 - Mark O’Meara
Life began at 41 for Mark O’Meara when he captured both of his career major wins in 1998.
Having turned pro in 1981, O’Meara clinched the Masters title at the 15th attempt, winning by a stroke.
Proving that was no one-off, he beat Brian Watts in a four-hole play-off at Royal Birkdale in the summer to win The Open and went on to place a career-best fourth at the PGA Championship the following month.
1990 - Nick Faldo
Sir Nick recorded the third of his six major titles at Augusta with a play-off victory over 1976 Masters champion Raymond Floyd.
That set him up for a truly blistering performance at St Andrews in July, which began with rounds of 67, 65 and 67 on the Old Course to post a record score after 54 holes.
There was no let up on Sunday either, as Faldo went around in 71 to finish five strokes clear of Mark McNulty and Payne Stewart and become Champion Golfer of the Year for the second time. Clutching the Claret Jug he proclaimed: “It’s nice to have my baby back.”
1977 - Tom Watson
Tom Watson got the better of Jack Nicklaus to win his first Green Jacket, taking the lead on the 17th hole of the final round with a 20-foot putt for birdie and claiming victory one hole later.
His victory at Turnberry came after just as ferocious a duel. Both were one shot off the lead at the halfway stage and paired together for the third round where they each shot a 65 to move three clear of the field.
Neck-and-neck after 16 holes of the final round, Nicklaus missed a birdie putt while Watson held his nerve. Advantage Tom. Nicklaus drove into the rough at the 18th but recovered to make a birdie. Watson followed suit, shooting a second successive round of 65 to reign supreme and emerge victorious in the ‘Duel in the Sun’.
1974 - Gary Player
Such were Gary Player’s achievements in 1974 he ended the year inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
He took the Masters title by two shots from American duo Dave Stockton and Tom Weiskopf, a remarkable return to Augusta having missed the previous year’s tournament due to surgery.
Player then proved he was fighting fit and stormed to Open glory – the eighth of his nine majors – with two sub-70 rounds before closing out victory over England’s Peter Oosterhuis by four strokes.
Who will claim victory at the Masters and look to join this historic list of Champions to win the Green Jacket and Claret Jug in the same season? You can be at Carnoustie to witness all the drama from The 147th Open. Tickets selling fast at TheOpen.com/Tickets.