The claret jug – the oldest trophy in golf, a cherished relic, a sacred heirloom, engraved not just with names, but with history itself. But did you know that the jug of Bordeaux is also the oldest trophy of the festival? As synonymous as the silver chalice is with golf, it is equally synonymous with putting a lampshade over your head and shouting “We are the champions” from the top of the bar. But who partied the hardest? Who deserves the title of Champion Drinker of the Year for eternity? We may never know the real answer – they didn’t have TikTok in 1873 – but that won’t stop us from making an educated guess or two…
1. John Daly – 1995 (The Old Course at St. Andrews)
In 1995 the only social media we had was email, so if you want to know how a John Daly fresh out of rehab celebrated his major comeback at The Home of Golf, just use your imagination. In the long run, that’s probably for the best.
2. Shane Lowry – 2019 (Royal Portrush)
An Irishman celebrating his first big win in Ireland? To this day, the jug of Bordeaux is still uneasy at the sight of a Guinness.
3. Phil Mickelson – 2013 (Muirfield)
Leather jackets, karate kicks, [censored], [redacted]. From the stories we’ve been hearing about Phil lately, let’s just be glad he didn’t lose the pot of burgundy at the roulette table.
4. Johnny Miller – Royal Birkdale (1976)
Bell bottom. Disco. Cocaine. The 70s were a crazy time to be in, and you know old Johnny hit the dance floor after winning his first (and only) open championship in the year of our lord 1976.
5. Cameron Smith – 2022 (The Old Course at St. Andrews)
No need to speculate here. The mustachioed, mullet Australian confirmed his intentions after his searing victory at St. Andrews, telling reporters he planned to “find out how many beers” the jug of Bordeaux could hold. Well done buddy. Maybe the dingo ate your edible.
6. Lee Trevino – Royal Birkdale (1971)
Oh to be a fly on this wall, if only for the soundbites. Trevino is a hell of a golfer, but he spoke even better.
7. Darren Clarke – 2011 (Royal St. George’s)
Like Lowry, Darren Clarke enjoys a good pint or twelve, and luckily for him, the jug of claret holds a few. The only problem? Clarke was 42 at the time of her only Open title. That hangover must have struck like a silverback gorilla.
8. Ben Curtis – 2003 (Royal St. George’s)
9. Sam Snead – The Old Course at St. Andrews (1946)
They didn’t call him “Slammin’ Sammy” for nothing. Perched atop the golfing world a year after World War II – in which Snead served – we’d hazard guess he hit a few chills after that V-Day.
ten. Nick Faldo – 1990 (The Old Course at St. Andrews)
Still the last Englishman to win the Open, you better bet Sir Nick enjoyed it at St. Andrews in 1990. How are we so sure? No sober person would have the courage to wear this sweater in public.
11. Greg Norman – Turnberry (1986)
Although Norman had become the de facto Dr. Evil of golf, in 1986 he was just a young Aussie with a badass nickname and a Crocodile Dundee hat. Safe to say more than a few Fosters have been had.
12. Hugh Kirklady – The Elder at St. Andrews (1891)
Honestly, we have no idea, but with a name like Hugh Kirklady, you must be a party god.
13. Arnold Palmer – Royal Birkdale (1961)
We’ll take a chance and guess that more than iced tea and lemonade was served in the jug of claret in 1961, when Arnie won the first of his back-to-back Open titles.
14. Tom Kidd – The Old Course at St. Andrews (1873)
Tom Kidd won the very first jug of Bordeaux in 1873. He certainly wasn’t pulling Bud Light out of that sucker, but the tradition had to start somewhere…