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The Open

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The Open Championship

The True Test of Champions

England’s Golf Coast has a rich heritage of hosting The Open Championship. Home to three of the four English courses on the current open rota, The Open has been played 32 times on our three royal links since Royal Liverpool hosted its first Open in 1897. Royal Lytham & St. Annes hosted its first Open in 1926 and Royal Birkdale joined the rota in 1954.

Notable winners of The Open Championship at one of our three Open venues include Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Bobby Jones and Peter Thompson; all of whom can be found in our Hall of Fame

The Open will return to England’s Golf Coast in 2017 when Royal Birkdale will once again play host to the world’s greatest golfers.

YEAR

VENUE

WINNER

NATIONALITY

WINNING SCORE

  2014            Royal Liverpool         Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland                  271

2012

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Ernie Els

South Africa

273

2008

Royal Birkdale

Padraig Harrington

Ireland

283

2006

Royal Liverpool

Tiger Woods

USA

270

2001

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

David Duval

USA

274

1998

Royal Birkdale

Mark O'Meara

USA

280

1996

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Tom Lehman

USA

271

1991

Royal Birkdale

Ian Baker-Finch

Australia

272

1988

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Seve Ballesteros

Spain

273

1983

Royal Birkdale

Tom Watson

USA

275

1979

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Seve Ballesteros

Spain

283

1976

Royal Birkdale

Johnny Miller

USA

279

1974

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Gary Player

South Africa

282

1971

Royal Birkdale

Lee Trevino

USA

278

1969

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Tony Jacklin

England

280

1967

Royal Liverpool

Roberto Di Vicenzo

Argentina

278

1965

Royal Birkdale

Peter Thompson

Australia

285

1963

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Bob Charles

New Zealand

277

1961

Royal Birkdale

Arnold Palmer

USA

284

1958

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Peter Thompson

Australia

278

1956

Royal Liverpool

Peter Thompson

Australia

286

1954

Royal Birkdale

Peter Thompson

Australia

283

1952

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Bobby Locke

South Africa

287

1947

Royal Liverpool

Fred Daly

Northern Ireland

293

1936

Royal Liverpool

Alf Padgham

England

287

1930

Royal Liverpool

Bobby Jones

USA

291

1926

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Bobby Jones

USA

291

1924

Royal Liverpool

Walter Hagen

USA

301

1913

Royal Liverpool

JH Taylor

England

304

1907

Royal Liverpool

Arnaud Massy

France

312

1902

Royal Liverpool

Sandy Herd

Scotland

307

1897

Royal Liverpool

Harold Hilton

England

314