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Brian Harman gives a thumbs up after winning The 151st Open

The United States of America has a proud relationship with The Open, producing more winners of golf’s original Championship than any other nation.

From Jock Hutchison in 1921 to Brian Harman in 2023, 31 players from the USA have enjoyed the incredible honour of securing the Claret Jug.

 

American Champion Golfers at The Open

Please note, Hutchison and Tommy Armour were born in Scotland, but both men were naturalised citizens of the United States when they won The Open.

Jock Hutchison – 1921 (St Andrews)

Walter Hagen (4) – 1922 (Royal St George’s), 1924 (Royal Liverpool), 1928 (Royal St George’s), 1929 (Muirfield)

Walter Hagen at The Open in 1928

Bobby Jones (3) – 1926 (Royal Lytham & St Annes), 1927 (St Andrews), 1930 (Royal Liverpool)

Tommy Armour – 1931 (Carnoustie)

Gene Sarazen – 1932 (Prince’s)

Denny Shute – 1933 (St Andrews)

Sam Snead – 1946 (St Andrews)

Ben Hogan – 1953 (Carnoustie)

Ben Hogan at The Open in 1953

Arnold Palmer (2) – 1961 (Royal Birkdale), 1962 (Troon)

Tony Lema – 1964 (St Andrews)

Jack Nicklaus (3) – 1966 (Muirfield), 1970 (St Andrews), 1978 (St Andrews)

Lee Trevino (2) – 1971 (Royal Birkdale), 1972 (Muirfield)

Tom Weiskopf – 1973 (Troon)

Tom Watson (5) – 1975 (Carnoustie), 1977 (Turnberry), 1980 (Muirfield), 1982 (Royal Troon), 1983 (Royal Birkdale)

Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson following the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry

Johnny Miller – 1976 (Royal Birkdale)

Bill Rogers – 1981 (Royal St George’s)

Mark Calcavecchia – 1989 (Royal Troon)

John Daly – 1995 (St Andrews)

Tom Lehman – 1996 (Royal Lytham & St Annes)

Justin Leonard – 1997 (Royal Troon)

Justin Leonard, the Champion Golfer at The Open in 1997

Mark O’Meara – 1998 (Royal Birkdale)

Tiger Woods (3) – 2000 (St Andrews), 2005 (St Andrews), 2006 (Royal Liverpool)

David Duval – 2001 (Royal Lytham & St Annes)

Ben Curtis – 2003 (Royal St George’s)

Todd Hamilton – 2004 (Royal Troon)

Stewart Cink – 2009 (Turnberry)

Stewart Cink following his win at The Open in 2009

Phil Mickelson – 2013 (Muirfield)

Zach Johnson – 2015 (St Andrews)

Jordan Spieth – 2017 (Royal Birkdale)

Collin Morikawa – 2021 (Royal St George’s)

Brian Harman  2023 (Royal Liverpool)

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