This week we embark to the British Open so let’s take a look back at where this tournament started. First played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Clubs in Scotland it marked the 3rd of 4 annual major championships to be played in golf.
What’s neat about this tournament is it’s the only major played outside of U.S. Ever since it’s induction to the golf schedule it has been hosted by various courses and won by some very surprising players. One of the most surprising was the Ben Curtis an American who won the tournament the last time the Royal St. Georges course hosted the Open Championship. It was his first appearance to any major championship. He was ranked 396th in the world going into the tournament and came out with winning and moved to the 35th position (highest move in history of OWGR). This year people are just as skeptical of an American winning even Hank Haney doesn’t think that the field of American players have the talent this year.
Here’s a List of The Most Recent Champions
2010: Louis Oothuiven, St. Andrews
2009: Stewart Cink, Turnberry
2008: Padraig Harrington, Royal Birkdale
2007: Padraig Harrington, Carnoustie
2006: Tiger Woods, Hoylake
2005: Tiger Woods, St. Andrews
2004: Todd Hamilton, Royal Troon
2003: Ben Curtis, Royal St. Georges
2002: Ernie Els, Muirfield
2001: David Duval, Royal Lytham and St. Annes
2000: Tiger Woods, St. Andrews