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The Open Championship Winners List - Six-time champion leads the way

  • The Open Championship was first held in 1860
  • Harry Vardon is the most successful with six titles
  • James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Peter Thomson and Tom Watson have five titles
  • Shane Lowry won in 2019, winning at Royal Portrush
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Ireland's Shane Lowry poses with the Claret Jug (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 12 Jul 2021
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Harry Vardon won six Open Championships throughout his illustrious career, one clear of James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Peter Thomson and Tom Watson.

The most in recent history belongs to Tiger Woods with three, while Irish golfer Padraig Harrington won back-to-back titles in 2007-2008.

Players from the United States have won The Open 44 times with Scottish players winning on 41 occasions, English players next best with 22 tournaments won.

The Open Championship Winners & Results

2020Not held

2019Shane Lowry IrelandRoyal Portrush269-156 strokes
2018Francesco Molinari ItalyCarnoustie276-82 strokes
2017Jordan Spieth United StatesRoyal Birkdale268-123 strokes
2016Henrik Stenson SwedenRoyal Troon264-203 strokes
2015Zach Johnson United StatesSt Andrews273-15Playoff
2014Rory McIlroy Northern IrelandRoyal Liverpool271-172 strokes
2013Phil Mickelson United StatesMuirfield281-33 strokes
2012Ernie Els (2) South AfricaRoyal Lytham273-71 stroke
2011Darren Clarke Northern IrelandRoyal St George's275-53 strokes
2010Louis Oosthuizen South AfricaSt Andrews272-167 strokes
2009Stewart Cink United StatesTurnberry278-2Playoff
2008Pádraig Harrington (2) IrelandRoyal Birkdale28334 strokes
2007Pádraig Harrington IrelandCarnoustie277-7Playoff
2006Tiger Woods(3) United StatesRoyal Liverpool270-182 strokes
2005Tiger Woods(2) United StatesSt Andrews274-145 strokes
2004Todd Hamilton United StatesRoyal Troon274-10Playoff
2003Ben Curtis United StatesRoyal St George's283-11 stroke
2002Ernie Els South AfricaMuirfield278-6Playoff
2001David Duval United StatesRoyal Lytham & St Annes274-103 strokes
2000Tiger Woods United StatesSt Andrews269-198 strokes
1999Paul Lawrie ScotlandCarnoustie2906Playoff
1998Mark O'Meara United StatesRoyal Birkdale280EPlayoff
1997Justin Leonard United StatesRoyal Troon272-123 strokes
1996Tom Lehman United StatesRoyal Lytham & St Annes271-132 strokes
1995John Daly United StatesSt Andrews282-6Playoff
1994Nick Price ZimbabweTurnberry268-121 stroke
1993Greg Norman(2) AustraliaRoyal St George's267-132 strokes
1992Nick Faldo (3) EnglandMuirfield272-121 stroke
1991Ian Baker-Finch AustraliaRoyal Birkdale272-82 strokes
1990Nick Faldo (2) EnglandSt Andrews270-185 strokes
1989Mark Calcavecchia United StatesRoyal Troon275-13Playoff
1988Seve Ballesteros(3) SpainRoyal Lytham & St Annes273-112 strokes
1987Nick Faldo EnglandMuirfield279-51 stroke
1986Greg Norman AustraliaTurnberry280E5 strokes
1985Sandy Lyle ScotlandRoyal St George's28221 stroke
1984Seve Ballesteros(2) SpainSt Andrews276-122 strokes
1983Tom Watson(5) United StatesRoyal Birkdale275-91 stroke
1982Tom Watson(4) United StatesRoyal Troon284-41 stroke
1981Bill Rogers United StatesRoyal St George's276-44 strokes
1980Tom Watson(3) United StatesMuirfield271-134 strokes
1979Seve Ballesteros SpainRoyal Lytham & St Annes283-13 strokes
1978Jack Nicklaus (3) United StatesSt Andrews281-72 strokes
1977Tom Watson(2) United StatesTurnberry268-121 stroke
1976Johnny Miller United StatesRoyal Birkdale279-96 strokes
1975Tom Watson United StatesCarnoustie279-9Playoff
1974Gary Player(3) South AfricaRoyal Lytham & St Annes282-24 strokes
1973Tom Weiskopf United StatesTroon276-123 strokes
1972Lee Trevino(2) United StatesMuirfield278-61 stroke
1971Lee Trevino United StatesRoyal Birkdale278-141 stroke
1970Jack Nicklaus (2) United StatesSt Andrews283-5Playoff
1969Tony Jacklin EnglandRoyal Lytham & St Annes280-42 strokes
1968Gary Player(2) South AfricaCarnoustie28912 strokes
1967Roberto De Vicenzo ArgentinaRoyal Liverpool278-102 strokes
1966Jack Nicklaus United StatesMuirfield282-21 stroke
1965Peter Thomson (5) AustraliaRoyal Birkdale285-72 strokes
1964Tony Lema United StatesSt Andrews279-95 strokes
1963Bob Charles New ZealandRoyal Lytham & St Annes277-3Playoff
1962Arnold Palmer (2) United StatesTroon276-126 strokes
1961Arnold Palmer United StatesRoyal Birkdale284-41 stroke
1960Kel Nagle AustraliaSt Andrews278-101 stroke
1959Gary Player South AfricaMuirfield284-42 strokes
1958Peter Thomson (4) AustraliaRoyal Lytham & St Annes278-6Playoff
1957Bobby Locke(4) South AfricaSt Andrews279-93 strokes
1956Peter Thomson (3) AustraliaRoyal Liverpool28623 strokes
1955Peter Thomson (2) AustraliaSt Andrews281-72 strokes
1954Peter Thomson AustraliaRoyal Birkdale283-91 stroke
1953Ben Hogan United StatesCarnoustie282-64 strokes
1952Bobby Locke(3) South AfricaRoyal Lytham & St Annes287-11 stroke
1951Max Faulkner EnglandRoyal Portrush285-32 strokes
1950Bobby Locke(2) South AfricaTroon279-12 strokes
1949Bobby Locke South AfricaRoyal St George's283-5Playoff
1948Henry Cotton(3) EnglandMuirfield284E5 strokes
1947Fred Daly Northern IrelandRoyal Liverpool293211 stroke
1946Sam Snead United StatesSt Andrews290-24 strokes
1939Dick Burton EnglandSt Andrews290-22 strokes
1938Reg Whitcombe EnglandRoyal St George's295152 strokes
1937Henry Cotton(2) EnglandCarnoustie2902 strokes
1936Alf Padgham EnglandRoyal Liverpool2871 stroke
1935Alf Perry EnglandMuirfield2834 strokes
1934Henry Cotton EnglandRoyal St George's2835 strokes
1933Denny Shute United StatesSt Andrews292Playoff
1932Gene Sarazen United StatesPrince's2835 strokes
1931Tommy Armour United StatesCarnoustie2961 stroke
1930Bobby Jones(a) (3) United StatesRoyal Liverpool2912 strokes
1929Walter Hagen(4) United StatesMuirfield2926 strokes
1928Walter Hagen(3) United StatesRoyal St George's2922 strokes
1927Bobby Jones(a) (2) United StatesSt Andrews2856 strokes
1926Bobby Jones(a) United StatesRoyal Lytham & St Annes2912 strokes
1925Jim Barnes United StatesPrestwick3001 stroke
1924Walter Hagen(2) United StatesRoyal Liverpool3011 stroke
1923Arthur Havers EnglandTroon2951 stroke
1922Walter Hagen United StatesRoyal St George's3001 stroke
1921Jock Hutchison United StatesSt Andrews296Playoff
1920George Duncan ScotlandRoyal Cinque Ports3032 strokes
1914Harry Vardon(6) EnglandPrestwick3063 strokes
1913J.H. Taylor (5) EnglandRoyal Liverpool3048 strokes
1912Ted Ray EnglandMuirfield2954 strokes
1911Harry Vardon(5) EnglandRoyal St George's303Playoff
1910James Braid(5) ScotlandSt Andrews2994 strokes
1909J.H. Taylor (4) EnglandRoyal Cinque Ports2916 strokes
1908James Braid(4) ScotlandPrestwick2918 strokes
1907Arnaud Massy FranceRoyal Liverpool3122 strokes
1906James Braid(3) ScotlandMuirfield3004 strokes
1905James Braid(2) ScotlandSt Andrews3185 strokes
1904Jack White ScotlandRoyal St George's2961 stroke
1903Harry Vardon(4) EnglandPrestwick3006 strokes
1902Sandy Herd ScotlandRoyal Liverpool3071 stroke
1901James Braid ScotlandMuirfield3093 strokes
1900J.H. Taylor (3) EnglandSt Andrews3098 strokes
1899Harry Vardon(3) EnglandSt George's3105 strokes
1898Harry Vardon(2) EnglandPrestwick3071 stroke
1897Harold Hilton(a) (2) EnglandRoyal Liverpool3141 stroke
1896Harry Vardon EnglandMuirfield316Playoff
1895J.H. Taylor (2) EnglandSt Andrews3224 strokes
1894J.H. Taylor EnglandSt George's3265 strokes
1893William Auchterlonie ScotlandPrestwick3222 strokes
1892Harold Hilton(a) EnglandMuirfield3053 strokes
1891Hugh Kirkaldy ScotlandSt Andrews1662 strokes
1890John Ball (a) EnglandPrestwick1643 strokes
1889Willie Park Jr.(2) ScotlandMusselburgh155Playoff
1888Jack Burns ScotlandSt Andrews1711 stroke
1887Willie Park Jr. ScotlandPrestwick1611 stroke
1886David Brown ScotlandMusselburgh1572 strokes
1885Bob Martin(2) ScotlandSt Andrews1711 stroke
1884Jack Simpson ScotlandPrestwick1604 strokes
1883Willie Fernie ScotlandMusselburgh159Playoff
1882Bob Ferguson (3) ScotlandSt Andrews1713 strokes
1881Bob Ferguson (2) ScotlandPrestwick1703 strokes
1880Bob Ferguson ScotlandMusselburgh1625 strokes
1879Jamie Anderson (3) ScotlandSt Andrews1693 strokes
1878Jamie Anderson (2) ScotlandPrestwick1572 strokes
1877Jamie Anderson ScotlandMusselburgh1602 strokes
1876Bob Martin ScotlandSt Andrews176Playoff
1875Willie Park Sr. (4) ScotlandPrestwick1662 strokes
1874Mungo Park ScotlandMusselburgh1592 strokes
1873Tom Kidd ScotlandSt Andrews1791 stroke
1872Tom Morris Jr. (4) ScotlandPrestwick1663 strokes
1870Tom Morris Jr. (3) ScotlandPrestwick14912 strokes
1869Tom Morris Jr. (2) ScotlandPrestwick15711 strokes
1868Tom Morris Jr. ScotlandPrestwick1543 strokes
1867Tom Morris Sr. (4) ScotlandPrestwick1702 strokes
1866Willie Park Sr. (3) ScotlandPrestwick1692 strokes
1865Andrew Strath ScotlandPrestwick1622 strokes
1864Tom Morris Sr. (3) ScotlandPrestwick1672 strokes
1863Willie Park Sr. (2) ScotlandPrestwick1682 strokes
1862Tom Morris Sr. (2) ScotlandPrestwick16313 strokes
1861Tom Morris Sr. ScotlandPrestwick1634 strokes
1860Willie Park Sr. ScotlandPrestwick1742 strokes

British Open Championship History

The Open was first played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. The Open has always been held in the United Kingdom and is the only major played outside the United States.

A common feature of The Open is links golf courses. Links courses are usually near the coast with sand dunes, pot bunkers, few water hazards and a lack of trees. Many links courses are frequently windy and offer golfers a different challenge than other types of courses. 

Often described as "The toughest test in golf" due to the testing weather conditions, The Open Championship is often won by the player that handles the wet and windy environment.

The Open is usually played in Scotland, northwest England and southeast England. The Old Course at St Andrews hosts The Open Championship every five years with the remaining courses hosting the tournament roughly every 10 years.

It is the only major played outside the United States and has been held in the United Kingdom since 1860. Players from the United States have won The Open 44 times with Scottish players winning on 41 occasions, English players next best with 22 tournaments won. 

The British Open has featured very low scoring in recent years, with an average winning score of 16 under par over the past four tournaments.

The Open Championship, known as The Open or the British Open, is the oldest of the four major golf championships. It is the only major played outside the United States and has been held in the United Kingdom since 1860.

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