• Age
    53
  • Turned Pro
    1987
  • Previous Opens
    19
  • Champion golfer of the year
    2004

Todd Hamilton

Hamilton
Many of the game's biggest stars - Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Retief Goosen, Davis Love, Tiger Woods - all finished in the top 10 at Royal Troon in 2004, but victory went to unheralded American Todd Hamilton. 

Qualification

Todd Hamilton has qualified to play Royal Portrush
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Hamilton reflects on his 2004 victory

American Todd Hamilton captured the Claret Jug at Royal Troon in 2004.

Hamilton wins at Troon in 2004

Many of the game's biggest stars - Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Retief Goosen, Davis Love, Tiger Woods - all finished in the top 10 at Royal Troon in 2004, but victory went to unheralded American Todd Hamilton.

Todd Hamilton 

After making a name for himself in Asia he was 38 when he finally won a place on the PGA Tour in America at his eighth attempt in 2003.

The following March, as a Tour rookie, he won the Honda Classic thanks to birdies on the final two holes and four months later he beat Els in a four-hole play-off to follow Ben Curtis as a surprise holder of the Claret Jug.

The victory, which lifted him into the world's top 20, sparked celebrations in Oquawka, Illinois, previously best known for a circus elephant buried in the town square.

He had been an 11-time champion on the Japan Golf Tour and became their all-time leading overseas money-winner with earnings of over 630 million yen, but Troon was his last worldwide success and remains his only top 10 finish at a major. He turned 50 in October 2015.

Qualification

Todd Hamilton has qualified to play Royal Portrush
Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Carnoustie 2018
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 2017
M/C
79
79
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 2016
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2015
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 2014
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 2013
T73
69
81
70
79
299
15
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2012
M/C
72
74
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 2011
M/C
77
79
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2010
M/C
72
77
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 2009
M/C
75
70
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 2008
32
74
74
72
75
295
-
Carnoustie 2007
M/C
81
72
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 2006
68
72
71
74
78
295
-
St Andrews 2005
M/C
74
74
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 2004
1
71
67
67
69
274
-
Royal St George's 2003
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1996
45
71
70
74
70
285
-
Muirfield 1992
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C

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