The Open Championship Guide

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The Claret Jug (Photo by USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images).

Golf’s big guns were upstaged in the final major of 2019 as Irishman Shane Lowry produced a sensational late surge at Royal Portrush Golf Club to claim the biggest victory of his career and end his wait to win one of golf’s biggest prizes at the 2019 Open Championship.

Lowry suffered disappointment in 2016 when a poor final round at the US Open cost him dear, but there was no Sunday slump from the Irishman at the 2019 Open Championship as he followed up a record-setting 63 in the penultimate with a comfortable final-round 72 to finish sixth strokes clear of the rest of the field.

The bookmakers are hoping he savoured that moment, because they do not expect him to lift the Claret Jug in 2020. Four-time major winners Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are heading up the market as the tournament heads to Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent, with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood leading the charge to deny the pair.

 

 

The Open Championship Winners

YEAR PLAYER WINING MARGIN
1860 Willie Park Sr 2 strokes
1861 Tom Morris Sr 4 strokes
1862 Tom Morris Sr 13 strokes
1863 Willie Park Sr 2 strokes
1864 Tom Morris Sr 2 strokes
1865 Andrew Strath 2 strokes
1866 Willie Park Sr 2 strokes
1867 Tom Morris Sr 2 strokes
1868 Tom Morris Jr 3 strokes
1869 Tom Morris Jr 11 strokes
1870 Tom Morris Jr 12 strokes
1871 CANCELLED
1872 Tom Morris Jr 3 strokes
1873 Tom Kidd 1 stroke
1874 Mungo Park 2 strokes
1875 Willie Park Sr 2 strokes
1876 Bob Martin Play-off
1877 Jamie Anderson 2 strokes
1878 Jamie Anderson 2 strokes
1879 Jamie Anderson 3 strokes
1890 Bob Ferguson 5 strokes
1881 Bob Ferguson 3 strokes
1882 Bob Ferguson 3 strokes
1883 Willie Fernie Play-off
1884 Jack Simpson 4 strokes
1885 Bob Martin 1 stroke
1886 David Brown 2 strokes
1887 Willie Park Jr 1 stroke
1888 Jack Burns 1 stroke
1889 Willie Park Jr Play-off
1890 John Ball 3 strokes
1891 Hugh Kirkaldy 2 strokes
1892 Harold Hilton 3 strokes
1893 William Auchterlonie 2 strokes
1894 JH Taylor 5 strokes
1895 JH Taylor 4 strokes
1896 Harry Vardon Play-off
1897 Harold Hilton 1 stroke
1898 Harry Vardon 1 stroke
1899 Harry Vardon 5 strokes
1900 JH Taylor 8 strokes
1901 James Braid 3 strokes
1902 Sandy Herd 1 stroke
1903 Harry Vardon 6 strokes
1904 Jack White 1 stroke
1905 James Braid 5 strokes
1906 James Braid 4 strokes
1907 Arnaud Massy 2 strokes
1908 James Bradi 8 strokes
1909 JH Taylor 6 strokes
1910 James Braid 4 strokes
1911 Harry Vardon Play-off
1912 Ted Ray 4 strokes
1913 JH Taylor 8 strokes
1914 Harry Vardon 3 strokes
1915-19 CANCELLED
1920 George Duncan 2 strokes
1921 Jock Hutchison Play-off
1922 Walter Hagen 1 stroke
1923 Arthur Havers 1 stroke
1924 Walter hagen 1 stroke
1925 Jim Barnes 1 stroke
1926 Bobby Jones 2 strokes
1927 Bobby Jones 6 strokes
1928 Walter Hagen 2 strokes
1929 Walter Hagen 6 strokes
1930 Bobby Jones 2 strokes
1931 Tommy Armour 1 stroke
1932 Gene Sarazen 5 strokes
1933 Denny Shute Play-off
1934 Henry Cotton 5 strokes
1935 Alf Perry 4 strokes
1936 Alf Padgham 1 stroke
1937 Henry Cotton 2 strokes
1938 Reg Whitcombe 2 strokes
1939 Dick Burton 2 strokes
1940-45 CANCELLED
1946 Sam Snead 4 strokes
1947 Fred Daly 1 stroke
1948 Henry Cotton 5 strokes
1949 Bobby Locke Play-off
1950 Bobby Locke 2 strokes
1951 Max Faulkner 2 strokes
1952 Bobby Locke 1 stroke
1953 Ben Hogan 4 strokes
1954 Peter Thomson 1 stroke
1955 Peter Thomson 2 strokes
1956 Peter Thomson 3 strokes
1957 Bobby Locke 3 strokes
1958 Peter Thomson Play-off
1959 Gary Player 2 strokes
1960 Kel Nagle 1 stroke
1961 Arnold Palmer 1 stroke
1962 Arnold Palmer 6 strokes
1963 Bob Charles Play-off
1964 Tony Lema 5 strokes
1965 Peter Thomson 2 strokes
1966 Jack Nicklaus 1 stroke
1967 Roberto De Vicenzo 2 strokes
1968 Gary Player 2 strokes
1969 Tony Jacklin 2 strokes
1970 Jack Nicklaus Play-off
1971 Lee Trevino 1 stroke
1972 Lee Trevino 1 stroke
1973 Tom Weiskopf 3 strokes
1974 Gary Player 4 strokes
1975 Tom Watson Play-off
1976 Johnny Miller 6 strokes
1977 Tom Watson 1 stroke
1978 Jack Nicklaus 2 strokes
1979 Seve Ballesteros 3 strokes
1980 Tom Watson 4 strokes
1981 Bill Rogers 4 strokes
1982 Tom Watson 1 stroke
1983 Tom Watson 1 stroke
1984 Seve Ballesteros 2 strokes
1985 Sandy Lyle 1 stroke
1986 Greg Norman 5 strokes
1987 Nick Faldo 1 stroke
1988 Seve Ballesteros 2 strokes
1989 Mark Calcavecchia Play-off
1990 Nick Faldo 5 strokes
1991 Ian Baker-Finch 2 strokes
1992 Nick Faldo 1 stroke
1993 Greg Norman 2 strokes
1994 Nick Price 1 stroke
1995 John Daly Play-off
1996 Tom Lehman 2 strokes
1997 Justin Leonard 3 strokes
1998 Mark O’Meara Play-off
1999 Paul Lawrie Play-off
2000 Tiger Woods 8 strokes
2001 David Duval 3 strokes
2002 Ernie Els Play-off
2003 Ben Curtis 1 stroke
2004 Todd Hamilton Play-off
2005 Tiger Woods 5 strokes
2006 Tiger Woods 2 strokes
2007 Padraig Harrington Play-off
2008 Paidraig Harrington 4 strokes
2009 Stewart Cink Play-off
2010 Louis Oosthuizen 7 strokes
2011 Darren Clarke 3 strokes
2012 Ernie Els 1 stroke
2013 Phil Mickelson 3 strokes
2014 Rory McIlroy 2 strokes
2015 Zach Johnson Play-off
2016 Henrik Stenson 3 strokes
2017 Jordan Spieth 3 strokes
2018 Francesco Molinari 2 strokes
2019 Shane Lowry 6 strokes