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The 87 players to have won The Open

The Claret Jug in front of The R&A clubhouse

Eighty-seven men have enjoyed the thrill of being crowned the Champion Golfer of the Year at The Open.

Ahead of The 150th Open at St Andrews, here is a list showing every player who has triumphed in golf’s original Championship. Numbers in brackets signify multiple wins.

1860 – The 1st Open, Prestwick - Willie Park Snr - Winning score 174

1861 – The 2nd Open, Prestwick - Old Tom Morris - 163

1862 – The 3rd Open, Prestwick - Old Tom Morris (2) - 163

1863 – The 4th Open, Prestwick - Willie Park Snr (2) - 168

1864 – The 5th Open, Prestwick - Old Tom Morris (3) - 167

1865 – The 6th Open, Prestwick - Andrew Strath - 162

1866 – The 7th Open, Prestwick - Willie Park Snr (3) - 169

1867 – The 8th Open, Prestwick - Old Tom Morris (4) - 170

1868 – The 9th Open, Prestwick - Young Tom Morris - 154

1869 – The 10th Open, Prestwick - Young Tom Morris (2) - 157

1870 – The 11th Open, Prestwick - Young Tom Morris (3) – 149

1871 – No Championship

1872 – The 12th Open, Prestwick - Young Tom Morris (4) - 166

1873 – The 13th Open, St Andrews - Tom Kidd - 179

1874 – The 14th Open, Musselburgh - Mungo Park - 159

1875 – The 15th Open, Prestwick - Willie Park Snr (4) - 166

1876 – The 16th Open, St Andrews - Bob Martin - 176

1877 – The 17th Open, Musselburgh - Jamie Anderson - 160

1878 – The 18th Open, Prestwick - Jamie Anderson (2) - 157

1879 – The 19th Open, St Andrews - Jamie Anderson (3) - 169

1880 – The 20th Open, Musselburgh - Bob Ferguson - 162

1881 – The 21st Open, Prestwick- Bob Ferguson (2) - 170

1882 – The 22nd Open, St Andrews - Bob Ferguson (3) - 171

1883 – The 23rd Open, Musselburgh - Willie Fernie - 158

1884 – The 24th Open, Prestwick - Jack Simpson - 160

1885 – The 25th Open, St Andrews - Bob Martin (2) - 171

1886 – The 26th Open, Musselburgh - David Brown - 157

1887 – The 27th Open, Prestwick - Willie Park Jnr - 161

1888 – The 28th Open, St Andrews - Jack Burns - 171

1889 – The 29th Open, Musselburgh - Willie Park Jnr (2) - 155

1890 – The 30th Open, Prestwick - John Ball Jnr - 164

1891 – The 31st Open, St Andrews - Hugh Kirkaldy – 166

1892 – The 32nd Open, Muirfield - Harold Hilton - 305

1893 – The 33rd Open, Prestwick - Willie Auchterlonie - 322

1894 – The 34th Open, Royal St George’s - J.H. Taylor - 326

1895 – The 35th Open, St Andrews - J.H. Taylor (2) - 322

1896 – The 36th Open, Muirfield - Harry Vardon - 316

1897 – The 37th Open, Royal Liverpool - Harold Hilton (2) - 314

1898 – The 38th Open, Prestwick - Harry Vardon (2) - 307

1899 – The 39th Open, Royal St George’s - Harry Vardon (3) - 310

1900 – The 40th Open, St Andrews - J.H. Taylor (3) - 309

1901 – The 41st Open, Muirfield - James Braid - 309

1902 – The 42nd Open, Royal Liverpool - Sandy Herd - 307

1903 – The 43rd Open, Prestwick - Harry Vardon (4) - 300

1904 – The 44th Open, Royal St George’s - Jack White - 296

1905 – The 45th Open, St Andrews - James Braid (2) - 318

1906 – The 46th Open, Muirfield - James Braid (3) - 300

1907 – The 47th Open, Royal Liverpool - Arnaud Massy - 312

1908 – The 48th Open, Prestwick - James Braid (4) - 291

1909 – The 49th Open, Royal Cinque Ports - J.H. Taylor (4) - 295

1910 – The 50th Open, St Andrews - James Braid (5) - 299

1911 – The 51st Open, Royal St George’s - Harry Vardon (5) - 303

1912 – The 52nd Open, Muirfield - Ted Ray - 295

1913 – The 53rd Open, Royal Liverpool - J.H. Taylor (5) - 304

1914 – The 54th Open, Prestwick - Harry Vardon (6) – 306

1915-1919 – No Championship

1920 – The 55th Open, Royal Cinque Ports - George Duncan - 303

1921 – The 56th Open, St Andrews - Jock Hutchison - 296

1922 – The 57th Open, Royal St George’s - Walter Hagen - 300

1923 – The 58th Open, Troon - Arthur Havers - 295

1924 – The 59th Open, Royal Liverpool - Walter Hagen (2) - 301

1925 – The 60th Open, Prestwick - Jim Barnes - 300

1926 – The 61st Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - Bobby Jones - 291

1927 – The 62nd Open, St Andrews - Bobby Jones (2) - 285

1928 – The 63rd Open, Royal St George’s - Walter Hagen (3) - 292

1929 – The 64th Open, Muirfield - Walter Hagen (4) - 292

1930 – The 65th Open, Royal Liverpool - Bobby Jones (3) - 291

1931 – The 66th Open, Carnoustie - Tommy Armour - 296

1932 – The 67th Open, Prince’s - Gene Sarazen - 283

1933 – The 68th Open, St Andrews - Denny Shute - 292

1934 – The 69th Open, Royal St George’s - Henry Cotton - 283

1935 – The 70th Open, Muirfield - Alf Perry - 283

1936 – The 71st Open, Royal Liverpool - Alf Padgham - 287

1937 – The 72nd Open, Carnoustie - Henry Cotton (2) - 290

1938 – The 73rd Open, Royal St George’s - Reg Whitcombe - 295

1939 – The 74th Open, St Andrews - Dick Burton – 290

1940-1945 – No Championship

1946 – The 75th Open, St Andrews - Sam Snead - 290

1947 – The 76th Open, Royal Liverpool - Fred Daly - 293

1948 – The 77th Open, Muirfield - Henry Cotton (3) - 284

1949 – The 78th Open, Royal St George’s - Bobby Locke - 283

1950 – The 79th Open, Troon - Bobby Locke (2) - 279

1951 – The 80th Open, Royal Portrush - Max Faulkner - 285

1952 – The 81st Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - Bobby Locke (3) - 287

1953 – The 82nd Open, Carnoustie - Ben Hogan - 282

1954 – The 83rd Open, Royal Birkdale - Peter Thomson - 283

1955 – The 84th Open, St Andrews - Peter Thomson (2) - 281

1956 – The 85th Open, Royal Liverpool - Peter Thomson (3) - 286

1957 – The 86th Open, St Andrews - Bobby Locke (4) - 279

1958 – The 87th Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - Peter Thomson (4) - 278

1959 – The 88th Open, Muirfield - Gary Player - 284

1960 – The 89th Open, St Andrews - Kel Nagle - 278

1961 – The 90th Open, Royal Birkdale - Arnold Palmer - 284

1962 – The 91st Open, Troon - Arnold Palmer (2) - 276

1963 – The 92nd Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - Bob Charles - 277

1964 – The 93rd Open, St Andrews - Tony Lema - 279

1965 – The 94th Open, Royal Birkdale - Peter Thomson (5) - 285

1966 – The 95th Open, Muirfield - Jack Nicklaus - 282

1967 – The 96th Open, Royal Liverpool - Roberto de Vicenzo - 278

1968 – The 97th Open, Carnoustie - Gary Player (2) - 289

1969 – The 98th Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - Tony Jacklin - 280

1970 – The 99th Open, St Andrews - Jack Nicklaus (2) - 283

1971 – The 100th Open, Royal Birkdale - Lee Trevino - 278

1972 – The 101st Open, Muirfield - Lee Trevino (2) - 278

1973 – The 102nd Open, Troon - Tom Weiskopf - 276

1974 – The 103rd Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - Gary Player (3) - 282

1975 – The 104th Open, Carnoustie - Tom Watson - 279

1976 – The 105th Open, Royal Birkdale - Johnny Miller - 279

1977 – The 106th Open, Turnberry - Tom Watson (2) - 268

1978 – The 107th Open, St Andrews - Jack Nicklaus (3) - 281

1979 – The 108th Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - Seve Ballesteros - 283

1980 – The 109th Open, Muirfield - Tom Watson (3) - 271

1981 – The 110th Open, Royal St George’s - Bill Rogers - 276

1982 – The 111st Open, Royal Troon - Tom Watson (4) - 284

1983 – The 112th Open, Royal Birkdale - Tom Watson (5) - 275

1984 – The 113th Open, St Andrews - Seve Ballesteros (2) - 276

1985 – The 114th Open, Royal St George’s - Sandy Lyle - 282

1986 – The 115th Open, Turnberry - Greg Norman - 280

1987 – The 116th Open, Muirfield - Nick Faldo - 279

1988 – The 117th Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - Seve Ballesteros (3) - 273

1989 – The 118th Open, Royal Troon - Mark Calcavecchia - 275

1990 – The 119th Open, St Andrews - Nick Faldo (2) - 270

1991 – The 120th Open, Royal Birkdale - Ian Baker-Finch - 272

1992 – The 121st Open, Muirfield - Nick Faldo (3) - 272

1993 – The 122nd Open, Royal St George’s - Greg Norman (2) - 267

1994 – The 123rd Open, Turnberry - Nick Price - 268

1995 – The 124th Open, St Andrews - John Daly - 282

1996 – The 125th Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - Tom Lehman - 271

1997 – The 126th Open, Royal Troon - Justin Leonard - 272

1998 – The 127th Open, Royal Birkdale - Mark O’Meara - 280

1999 – The 128th Open, Carnoustie - Paul Lawrie - 290

2000 – The 129th Open, St Andrews - Tiger Woods - 269

2001 – The 130th Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - David Duval - 274

2002 – The 131st Open, Muirfield - Ernie Els - 278

2003 – The 132nd Open, Royal St George’s - Ben Curtis - 283

2004 – The 133rd Open, Royal Troon - Todd Hamilton - 274

2005 – The 134th Open, St Andrews - Tiger Woods (2) - 274

2006 – The 135th Open, Royal Liverpool - Tiger Woods (3) - 270

2007 – The 136th Open, Carnoustie - Padraig Harrington - 277

2008 – The 137th Open, Royal Birkdale - Padraig Harrington (2) - 283

2009 – The 138th Open, Turnberry - Stewart Cink - 278

2010 – The 139th Open, St Andrews - Louis Oosthuizen - 272

2011 – The 140th Open, Royal St George’s - Darren Clarke - 275

2012 – The 141st Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes - Ernie Els (2) - 273

2013 – The 142nd Open, Muirfield - Phil Mickelson - 281

2014 – The 143rd Open, Royal Liverpool - Rory McIlroy - 271

2015 – The 144th Open, St Andrews - Zach Johnson - 273

2016 – The 145th Open, Royal Troon - Henrik Stenson - 264

2017 – The 146th Open, Royal Birkdale - Jordan Spieth - 268

2018 – The 147th Open, Carnoustie - Francesco Molinari - 276

2019 – The 148th Open, Royal Portrush - Shane Lowry - 269

2020 – No Championship

2021 – The 149th Open, Royal St George’s - Collin Morikawa - 265

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