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British Open History


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Betting on the British Open has produced great returns for long shot bettors and Shane Lowry brought back a 65/1 price in 2019.

Including Lowry, International players have won nine of the past 13 Open Championships and that includes a run of three of the last four.


  • 2019 - Shane Lowry (65/1)
  • 2018 - Francesco Molinari (25/1)
  • 2017 - Jordan Spieth (12/1)
  • 2016 - Henrik Stenson (30/1)
  • 2015 - Zach Johnson (80/1)

The Open Championship was canceled in 2020 due to the global pandemic.

Jordan Spieth was the last American to raise the Claret Jug, doing so in 2017.

In the modern era, Tiger Woods (3), Nick Faldo (3), Padraig Harrington (2) and Ernie Els (2) have multiple Open Championships.

Coincidentally, Woods (2005-2006) and Harrington (2007-2008) both captured back-to-back championships over a four-year stretch and we haven't seen a repeat winner in the United Kingdom since.

British Open Winners

YearWinnerGolf Course
2019Shane LowryRoyal Portrush Golf Club
2018Francesco MolinariCarnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course
2017Jordan SpiethRoyal Birkdale Golf Club
2016Henrik StensonRoyal Troon Golf Club, Old Course
2015Zach JohnsonSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
2014Rory McIlroyRoyal Liverpool Golf Club
2013Phil MickelsonMuirfield Golf Links
2012Ernie ElsRoyal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
2011Darren ClarkeRoyal St. George's Golf Club
2010Louis OosthuizenSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
2009Stewart CinkTurnberry Golf Club, Ailsa Course
2008Padraig HarringtonRoyal Birkdale Golf Club
2007Padraig HarringtonCarnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course
2006Tiger WoodsRoyal Liverpool Golf Club
2005Tiger WoodsSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
2004Todd HamiltonRoyal Troon Golf Club, Old Course
2003Ben CurtisRoyal St. George's Golf Club
2002Ernie ElsMuirfield Golf Links
2001David DuvalRoyal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
2000Tiger WoodsSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1999Paul LawrieCarnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course
1998Mark O'MearaRoyal Birkdale Golf Club
1997Justin LeonardRoyal Troon Golf Club, Old Course
1996Tom LehmanRoyal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
1995John DalySt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1994Nick PriceThe Westin Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course
1993Greg NormanRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1992Nick FaldoMuirfield Golf Links
1991Ian Baker-FinchRoyal Birkdale Golf Club
1990Nick FaldoSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1989Mark CalcavecchiaRoyal Troon Golf Club, Old Course
1988Seve BallesterosRoyal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
1987Nick FaldoMuirfield Golf Links
1986Greg NormanThe Westin Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course
1985Sandy LyleRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1984Seve BallesterosSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1983Tom WatsonRoyal Birkdale Golf Club
1982Tom WatsonRoyal Troon Golf Club, Old Course
1981Bill RogersRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1980Tom WatsonMuirfield Golf Links
1979Seve BallesterosRoyal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
1978Jack NicklausSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1977Tom WatsonThe Westin Turnberry Resort, Aisla Course
1976Johnny MillerRoyal Birkdale Golf Club
1975Tom WatsonCarnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course
1974Gary PlayerRoyal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
1973Tom WeiskopfRoyal Troon Golf Club, Old Course
1972Lee TrevinoMuirfield Golf Links
1971Lee TrevinoRoyal Birkdale Golf Club
1970Jack NicklausSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1969Tony JacklinRoyal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
1968Gary PlayerCarnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course
1967Roberto DeVicenzoRoyal Liverpool Golf Club
1966Jack NicklausMuirfield Golf Links
1965Peter ThomsonRoyal Birkdale
1964Tony LemaSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1963Bob CharlesRoyal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
1962Arnold PalmerRoyal Troon Golf Club, Old Course
1961Arnold PalmerRoyal Birkdale Golf Club
1960Kel NagleSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1959Gary PlayerMuirfield Golf Links
1958Peter ThomsonRoyal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
1957Bobby LockeSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1956Peter ThomsonRoyal Liverpool Golf Club
1955Peter ThomsonSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1954Peter ThomsonRoyal Birkdale Golf Club
1953Ben HoganCarnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course
1952Bobby LockeRoyal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
1951Max FaulknerRoyal Portrush Golf Club
1950Bobby LockeRoyal Troon Golf Club, Old Course
1949Bobby LockeRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1948Henry CottonMuirfield Golf Links
1947Fred DalyRoyal Liverpool Golf Club
1946Sam SneadSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1945Not HeldWWII
1944Not HeldWWII
1943Not HeldWWII
1942Not HeldWWII
1941Not HeldWWII
1940Not HeldWWII
1939Richard BurtonSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1938Reg WhitcombeRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1937Henry CottonCarnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course
1936Alf PadghamRoyal Liverpool Golf Club
1935Alf PerryMuirfield Golf Links
1934Henry CottonRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1933Denny ShuteSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1932Gene SarazenPrince's Golf Club
1931Tommy ArmourCarnoustie Golf Links, Championship Course
1930Bobby Jones (Amateur)Royal Liverpool Golf Club
1929Walter HagenMuirfield Golf Links
1928Walter HagenRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1927Bobby Jones (Amateur)St. Andrews Links, Old Course
1926Bobb Jones (Amateur)Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club
1925Jim BarnesPrestwick Golf Club
1924Walter HagenRoyal Liverpool Golf Club
1923Arhtur HaversRoyal Troon Golf Club, Old Course
1922Walter HagenRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1921Jock HutchinsonSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1920George DuncanRoyal Cinque Ports Golf Club
1919Not HeldWWI
1918Not HeldWWI
1917Not HeldWWI
1916Not HeldWWI
1915Not HeldWWI
1914Harry VardonPrestwick Golf Club
1913John Henry TaylorRoyal Liverpool Golf Club
1912Edward RayMuirfield Golf Links
1911Harry VardonRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1910James BraidSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1909John Henry TaylorRoyal Cinque Ports Golf Club
1908James BraidPrestwick Golf Club
1907Arnaud MassyRoyal Liverpool Golf Club
1906James BraidMuirfield Golf Links
1905James BraidSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1904Jack WhiteRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1903Harry VardonPrestwick
1902Alexander HerdRoyal Liverpool Golf Club
1901James BraidMuirfield Golf Links
1900John Henry TaylorSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1899Harry VardonRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1898Harry VardonPrestwick Golf Club
1897Harold Hilton (Amateur)Royal Liverpool Golf Club
1896Harry VardonMuirfield Golf Links
1895John Henry TaylorSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1894John Henry TaylorRoyal St. George's Golf Club
1893William AuchterloniePrestwick Golf Club
1892Harold Hilton (Amateur)Muirfield Golf Links
1891Hugh KirkaldySt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1890John Ball, Jr. (Amateur)Prestwick Golf Club
1889Willie Park, Jr.Musselburgh Links
1888Jack BurnsSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1887Willie Park, Jr.Prestwick Golf Club
1886David BrownMusselburgh Links
1885Bob MartinSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1884Jack SimpsonPrestwick Golf Club
1883Willie FernieMusselburgh Links
1882Bob FergusonSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1881Bob FergusonPrestwick Golf Club
1880Bob FergusonMusselburgh Links
1879Jamie AndersonSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1878Jamie AndersonPrestwick Golf Club
1877Jamie AndersonMusselburgh Links
1876Bob MartinSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1875Willie Park, Sr.Prestwick Golf Club
1874Mungo ParkMusselburgh Links
1873Tom KiddSt. Andrews Links, Old Course
1872Tom Morris, Jr.Prestwick Golf Club
1871Not Held-
1870Tom Morris, Jr.Prestwick Golf Club
1869Tom Morris, Jr.Prestwick Golf Club
1868Tom Morris, Jr.Prestwick Golf Club
1867Tom Morris, Sr.Prestwick Golf Club
1866Willie Park, Sr.Prestwick Golf Club
1865Andrew StrathPrestwick Golf Club
1864Tom Morris, Sr.Prestwick Golf Club
1863Willie Park, Sr.Prestwick Golf Club
1862Tom Morris, Sr.Prestwick Golf Club
1861Tom Morris, Sr.Prestwick Golf Club
1860Willie Park, Sr.Prestwick Golf Club
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