The Open Championship – The Oldest There Is

Administered by The R&A, The Open Championship or referred to as the Open or British Open, is the third major of the calendar year. It is the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf making it a popular choice for sports betting fans. Current champion on the The Open Championship Leaderboard is Rory McIlroy who won the 143rd Open 2014.

An image of the field of The British Open

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The Open Championship Trophies and Medals

  • The Open Golf Championship Trophy (commonly known as the Claret Jug) – replaced the Challenge Belt and has been awarded to the winner since 1873 although Young Tom Morris, the winner in 1872, is the first name engraved on it.
  • Braid Taylor Memorial Medal – awarded since 1966 to the highest finishing PGA member.
  • The Professional Golfers’ Association of Great Britain and Ireland also mark the achievements of their own members in The Open.
  • The Challenge Belt – awarded to the winner from 1860 until 1870 when Young Tom Morris won the belt outright by winning the Championship three years in a row.
  • Ryle Memorial Medal – awarded since 1901 to the winner if he is a PGA member.
  • Silver medal – awarded since 1949 to the leading amateur, provided they play in the final round.
  • Bronze medal – awarded since 1972 to all other amateurs playing in the final round.
  • Tooting Bec Cup– awarded since 1924 to the PGA member who records the lowest single round during the championship
  • Gold medal – awarded to the winner. First given out in 1872 when the Claret Jug was not yet ready, and since awarded to all champions.

The Open Championship Winners

Year Dates Champion Winning
score
First
prize
2015 16–19 Jul
2014 17–20 Jul Rory McIlroy 271 (−17) £975,000
2013 18–21 Jul Phil Mickelson 281 (−3) £945,000
2012 19–22 Jul Ernie Els (2) 273 (−7) £900,000
2011 14–17 Jul Darren Clarke 275 (−5) £900,000
2010 15–18 Jul Louis Oosthuizen 272 (−16) £850,000
2009 16–19 Jul Stewart Cink 278 (−2) £750,000
2008 17–20 Jul Pádraig Harrington (2) 283 (+3) £750,000
2007 19–22 Jul Pádraig Harrington 277 (−7) £750,000
2006 20–23 Jul Tiger Woods (3) 270 (−18) £720,000
2005 14–17 Jul Tiger Woods (2) 274 (−14) £720,000
2004 15–18 Jul Todd Hamilton 274 (−10) £720,000
2003 17–20 Jul Ben Curtis 283 (−1) £700,000
2002 18–21 Jul Ernie Els 278 (−6) £700,000
2001 19–22 Jul David Duval 274 (−10) £600,000
2000 20–23 Jul Tiger Woods 269 (−19) £500,000

If you would like to know more about The Open Championship winners or The Open Championship Leaderboard, go to our News page, to find out about the upcoming fixtures and past results.

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