The Open Championship passes through St. Andrews for the thirtieth time. The Claret Jug has been lifted 29 times on the 18th green by Champion Golfer of the Year. No other club has had this honor so many times, and second place, with 24 editions, is Prestwick Golf Club, which is no longer part of the Rota.
So the real runner-up is Muirfield, who’s crowned 15-time golf champion of the year. But back to the St. Andrews winners (don’t worry, I’m not talking about everyone…)
The Open, golf champion of the year
1873 Tom Kidd He is the first winner of the Open on the Old Course (his own club), the first edition held outside Prestwick Golf Club.
He was also the first to lift the Claret Jug, which replaced the Challenge Belt, finally awarded to young Tom Morris in 1870, after his third consecutive victory. Jackpot pocketed: £11. 1895 John Henry Taylor Another “first”
The Devonshire pro was the first non-Scottish winner of the Old Course, after seven editions in which the St Andrew’s cross has flown higher than all. He won the Open a total of five times (including two at St. Andrews) and in 1901 was one of the founders of the British PGA, serving as its first president.
1905 James Braid Another Scottish pro who won the second of his five Opens at the Old Course (also twice at St. Andrews). Along with Taylor and Harry Vardon, he was part of the Grand Triumvirate of golf. The three won 16 of 21 open championships between 1894 and 1914.
Braid was also a renowned grounds architect (over 200 active projects). 1921 Jock Hutchinson Another ‘first’ The American player is the first non-British professional to make a name for himself on the Old Course. But appearances can be deceiving, as Hutchinson only took American citizenship in 1920.
Jack Falls “Jock” Hutchinson was born in 1884 in St. Andrews. Another prophet in his homeland. 1927 Bobby Jones Jones stunned the crowd by demanding that the Claret Jug stay with his friends at the Royal and Ancient, rather than leave with him for Atlanta.
In 1950 he received honorary citizenship of St. Andrews, an honor that yesterday went to Jack Nicklaus. 1946 Sam Snead The first post-war Open was the prerogative of Sam Snead. It was the second of seven Majors won by the American champion in his career.
1957 Bobby Locke It was his fourth and final victory in the Open Championship. The South African was one of the greatest players in history, famous for his putting skill. He has 15 PGA Tour wins to his credit, from which he was suspended for three years from 1948 to 1951 due to his habit of pre-registering for various tournaments and exhibitions, then not showing up, most of the time. the time without.
adequate justification. Banning has always been a welcome punishment on the PGA Tour. 1970 Jack Nicklaus St. Andrews’ new freeman won the second of his three Open Championships on the Old Course, where he would repeat in 1978.
He beat Doug Sanders in the first round of 18 in Open history, which literally threw the win on the 72nd hole. Jackpot pocketed: £5,250 (significant improvement over Tom Kidd’s £11). 1984 Severiano Ballesteros Seve wins the second of his three Open titles, beating Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson by two shots.
But, above all, his victory was consecrated by the gesture that he would become the icon of the great Spanish champion. 1995 John Daly We remember this edition well, because it was the one in which Costantino Rocca touched the Claret Jug.
John Daly beat him in all four playoff holes, which Costantino forced him with the unforgettable 60-yard putt played by Sin Valley under the green of 18. 2000 Tiger Woods Tiger’s first time. These days, Woods said he fell in love with the Old Course as soon as he set foot there.
And that love, which endures to this day, was recognized with the awarding of the Tiger an Honorary Membership of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (an honor also awarded to Paul Lawrie and Rory McIlroy). Tiger won again at St.
Andrews in 2005. 2015 Zach Johnson The captain of the USA Ryder Cup team won his second Major by defeating Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen (who won on the Old Course in 2010) in a three-way match. Who will be the 30th St. Andrews Champion Golfer of the Year? My friend Isa launched the poll on Facebook for some time, leave your prediction in the comments…
I did, but more than a prediction, it’s a hope. But sometimes in golf, hopes come true when you least expect it.