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Nic Ladds 29th Sep 2008 - 14:39

The Open Championship

The Open Championship or simply The Open, is the oldest of the four major championships in men's golf carrying a prize fund of around £4.2 million making it the richest major of the four.

The Open is made up of 156 players and gives local players the chance to live their dreams and play alongside some of the world's best players. About two thirds of the field is made up of the world's top players with the rest of the field made up from local qualifiers and International qualifiers.

The tournament is held at one of nine British links golf courses rotating from year to year and will this year be hosted by The Westin Turnberry Resort on the southwest coast of Scotland. The event has not been held here since 1994 when it was won by Zimbabwean Nick Price.

From 1995 an era of American dominance began starting with John Daly's win at St Andrews with Paul Lawrie in 1999 and Ernie Els in 2002 the only non-Americans managing to win the coveted trophy between 1995 and 2007.

Tiger Woods has a fantastic record in the tournament with back to back wins in 2005 and 2006 and a win in 2000 including shooting a record 19 under par at the 2000 tournament hosted by St Andrews.

Woods' back-to-back wins have been emulated in the 2007 and 2008 tournaments with Irishman Padraig Harrington lifting the The Golf Champion trophy, better known as the Claret Jug for consecutive years.

Nick Faldo has been England's biggest success in the tournament for quite some time with wins in 1987, 1990 and 1992.

Hopes of an English victory in 2009 would not be without hope with Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter who finished runner-up to Harrington last year, all hoping to lift the prize for the first time.

Harrington will be doing everything he can to secure a stunning hat-trick of victories but Tiger Woods should be back from the injury which kept him out of last years Open and he will be looking for his fourth victory.

Some young pretenders looking to make an impression will be Irishman Rory McIlroy who has bags of potential at only 19 years of age and American wonder kid dubbed 'The new Tiger Woods', Anthony Kim who already has a couple of tour wins under his belt and will be one to watch in the run up to the great tournament.

 

Year

Venue

Champion

Country

Score

2008

Royal Birkdale

Padraig Harrington

Ireland

283 (+3)

2007

Carnoustie

Padraig Harrington

Ireland

277 (-7)

2006

Royal Liverpool

Tiger Woods

USA

270 (-18)

2005

St Andrews

Tiger Woods

USA

274 (-14)

2004

Royal Troon

Todd Hamilton

USA

274 (-10)

2003

Royal St George's

Ben Curtis

USA

283 (-1)

2002

Muirfield

Ernie Els

South Africa

278 (-6)

2001

Royal Lytham & St Annes

David Duval

USA

274 (-10)

2000

St Andrews

Tiger Woods

USA

269 (-19)

1999

Carnoustie

Paul Lawrie

Scotland

290 (+6)

1998

Royal Birkdale

Mark O'Meara

USA

280 (E)

1997

Royal Troon

Justin Leonard

USA

272 (-12)

1996

Royal Lytham & St Annes

Tom Lehman

USA

271 (-13)

1995

St Andrews

John Daly

USA

282 (-6)

1994

Turnberry

Nick Price

Zimbabwe

268 (-12)

1993

Royal St George's

Greg Norman

Australia

267 (-13)

1992

Muirfield

Nick Faldo

England

272 (-12)

1991

Royal Birkdale

Ian Baker-Finch

Australia

272 (-8)

1990

St Andrews

Nick Faldo

England

270 (-18)

1989

Royal Troon

Mark Calcavecchia

USA

275 (-13)

1988

Royal Lytham

Seve Ballesteros

Spain

273 (-11)

 
 
 

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