British Open 2012: Year-By-Year British Open Champions

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Many elite golfers have made a name for themselves through winning a British Open title. The Open Championship, as it is called outside the United States, is the oldest grand slam tournament on the PGA Tour. It was first held in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland and has continued with only a few brief interruptions since that time.

Scotland and the United States have produced the most champions with 41 apiece. Jersey golfer Harry Vardon won the British Open the most times with six titles from 1896 to 1914.

Here is the complete list of British Open Champions since 1860:

2011, Darren Clarke

2010, Louis Oosthuizen

2009, Stewart Cink

2008, Padraig Harrington

2007, Padraig Harrington

2006, Tiger Woods

2005, Tiger Woods

2004, Todd Hamilton

2003, Ben Curtis

2002, Ernie Els

2001, David Duval

2000, Tiger Woods

1999, Paul Lawrie

1998, Mark O'Meara

1997, Justin Leonard

1996, Tom Lehman

1995, John Daly

1994, Nick Price

1993, Greg Norman

1992, Nick Faldo

1991, Ian Baker-Finch

1990, Nick Faldo

1989, Mark Calcavecchia

1988, Seve Ballesteros

1987, Nick Faldo

1986, Greg Norman

1985, Sandy Lyle

1984, Seve Ballesteros

1983, Tom Watson

1982, Tom Watson

1981, Bill Rogers

1980, Tom Watson

1979, Seve Ballesteros

1978, Jack Nicklaus

1977, Tom Watson

1976, Johnny Miller

1975, Tom Watson

1974, Gary Player

1973, Tom Weiskopf

1972, Lee Trevino

1971, Lee Trevino

1970, Jack Nicklaus

1969, Tony Jacklin

1968, Gary Player

1967, Roberto de Vicenzo

1966, Jack Nicklaus

1965, Peter Thomson

1964, Tony Lema

1963, Bob Charles

1962, Arnold Palmer

1961, Arnold Palmer

1960, Kel Nagle

1959, Gary Player

1958, Peter Thomson

1957, Bobby Locke

1956, Peter Thomson

1955, Peter Thomson

1954, Peter Thomson

1953, Ben Hogan

1952, Bobby Locke

1951, Max Faulkner

1950, Bobby Locke

1949, Bobby Locke

1948, Henry Cotton

1947, Fred Daly

1946, Sam Snead

1940-45 - Not played

1939, Richard Burton

1938, R.A. "Reg" Whitcombe

1937, Henry Cotton

1936, Alf Padgham

1935, Alf Perry

1934, Henry Cotton

1933, Denny Shute

1932, Gene Sarazen

1931, Tommy Armour

1930, a-Bobby Jones

1929, Walter Hagen

1928, Walter Hagen

1927, a-Bobby Jones

1926, a-Bobby Jones

1925, Jim Barnes

1924, Walter Hagen

1923, Arthur Havers

1922, Walter Hagen

1921, Jock Hutchison

1920, George Duncan

1915-19 - Not played

1914, Harry Vardon

1913, J.H. Taylor

1912, Ted Ray

1911, Harry Vardon

1910, James Braid

1909, J.H. Taylor

1908, James Braid

1907, Arnaud Massy

1906, James Braid

1905, James Braid

1904, Jack White

1903, Harry Vardon

1902, Sandy Herd

1901, James Braid

1900, J.H. Taylor

1899, Harry Vardon

1898, Harry Vardon

1897, a-Hal Hilton

1896, Harry Vardon

1895, J.H. Taylor

1894, J.H. Taylor

1893, William Auchterlonie

1892, a-Hal Hilton

1891, Hugh Kirkaldy

1890, a-John Ball

1889, Willie Park, Jr.

1888, Jack Burns

1887, Willie Park, Jr.

1886, David Brown

1885, Bob Martin

1884, Jack Simpson

1883, Willie Fernie

1882, Bob Ferguson

1881, Bob Ferguson

1880, Bob Ferguson

1879, Jamie Anderson

1878, Jamie Anderson

1877, Jamie Anderson

1876, Bob Martin

1875, Willie Park Sr.

1874, Mungo Park

1873, Tom Kidd

1872, Tom Morris, Jr.

1871 - Not played

1870, Tom Morris, Jr.

1869, Tom Morris, Jr.

1868, Tom Morris, Jr.

1867, Tom Morris, Sr.

1866, Willie Park, Sr.

1865, Andrew Strath

1864, Tom Morris, Sr.

1863, Willie Park, Sr.

1862, Tom Morris, Sr.

1861, Tom Morris, Sr.

1860, Willie Park, Sr.

(a - amateur champion)

John Coon enjoys getting in a round from time to time in the Salt Lake City area when he is not covering golf as a freelance sports reporter.

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