British Open Winners: A Complete History at a Glance

By Matthew Fortuna

Jack Nicklaus won the 1970 Open Championship

Whether you refer to it as the Open Championship or the British Open, it’s golf’s original major championship. The Open Championship dates all the way back to 1860 when Willie Park Sr., won at Prestwick Golf Club. Complete history of the Open Championship, including every winner, winning score, winner's share, list of multiple-time champions, and venues, can be found below.

All-Time Champions, Venues and Winning Scores

Year Winner Venue Score (to par)

Winner's Share

2021 Collin Morikawa Royal St. George's 265 (-15)$2,070,000
2020 None (COVID) -- --
2019 Shane Lowry Royal Portrush 269 (-15)$1,935,000
2018 Francesco Molinari Carnoustie 276 (-8)$1,890,000
2017 Jordan Spieth Royal Birkdale 268 (-12)$1,845,000
2016 Henrik Stenson Royal Troon 264 (-20)$1,551,000
2015 Zach Johnson St Andrews 273 (-15)$1,794,690
2014 Rory McIlroy Royal Liverpool 271 (-17)$1,665,788
2013 Phil Mickelson Muirfield 281 (-3)$1,442,826
2012 Ernie Els Royal Lytham & St Annes 273 (-7)$1,405,890
2011 Darren Clarke Royal St George's 275 (-5)$1,452,078
2010 Louis Oosthuizen St Andrews 272 (-16)$1,290,000
2009 Stewart Cink Turnberry 278 (-2)$1,221,005
2008 Padraig Harrington Royal Birkdale 283 (+3)$1,498,875
2007 Padraig Harrington Carnoustie 277 (-7)$1,542,450
2006 Tiger Woods Royal Liverpool 270 (-18)$1,338,480
2005 Tiger Woods St Andrews 274 (-14)$1,261,285
2004 Todd Hamilton Royal Troon 274 (-10)$1,348,272
2003 Ben Curtis Royal St George's 283 (-1)$1,112,720
2002 Ernie Els Muirfield 278 (-6)$1,106,140
2001 David Duval Royal Lytham & St Annes 274 (-10)$858,300
2000 Tiger Woods St Andrews 269 (-19)$759,150
1999 Paul Lawrie Carnoustie 290 (+6)$577,500
1998 Mark O'Meara Royal Birkdale 280 (E)$493,500
1997 Justin Leonard Royal Troon 272 (-12)$418,875
Tiger Woods won the 2000 Open Championship

Year Winner Venue Score (to par)Winner's Share
1996 Tom Lehman Royal Lytham& St Annes 271 (-13)$310,000
1995 John Daly St Andrews 282 (-6)$199,375
1994 Nick Price Turnberry 268 (-12)$178,200
1993 Greg Norman Royal St George's 267 (-13)$154,000
1992 Nick Faldo Muirfield 272 (-12)$154,000
1991 Ian Baker-Finch Royal Birkdale 272 (-8)$151,200
1990 Nick Faldo St Andrews 270 (-18)$153,850
1989 Mark Calcavecchia Royal Troon 275 (-13)$128,000
1988 Seve Ballesteros Royal Lytham & St Annes 273 (-11)$136,000
1987 Nick Faldo Muirfield 279 (-5)$120,000
1986 Greg Norman Turnberry 280 (E)$105,000
1985 Sandy Lyle Royal St George's 282 (+2)$94,250
1984 Seve Ballesteros St Andrews 276 (-12)$71,500
1983 Tom Watson Royal Birkdale 275 (-9)$60,000
1982 Tom Watson Royal Troon 284 (-4)$54,400
1981 Bill Rogers Royal St George's 276 (-4)

$50,000

1980 Tom Watson Muirfield 271 (-13)$60,000
1979 Seve Ballesteros Royal Lytham & St Annes 283 (-1)$31,500
1978 Jack Nicklaus St Andrews 281 (-7)$23,750
1977 Tom Watson Turnberry 268 (-12)$17,000
1976 Johnny Miller Royal Birkdale 279 (-9)$13,500
1975 Tom Watson Carnoustie 279 (-9)$16,500
1974 Gary Player Royal Lytham & St Annes 282 (-2)$13,200
1973 Tom Weiskopf Royal Troon 276 (-12)$14,300
1972 Lee Trevino Muirfield 278 (-6)$13,750
1971 Lee Trevino Royal Birkdale 278 (-14)$13,200
1970 Jack Nicklaus St Andrews 283 (-5)$12,600
1969 Tony Jacklin Royal Lytham & St Annes 280 (-4)$10,200
1968 Gary Player Carnoustie 289 (+1)$7,200
1967 Roberto De Vicenzo Royal Liverpool 278 (-10)$5,880
1966 Jack Nicklaus Muirfield 282 (-2)

$5,880

1965 Peter Thomson Royal Birkdale 285 (-7)$4,900
1964 Tony Lema St Andrews 279 (-9)$4,200
1963 Bob Charles Royal Lytham & St Annes 277 (-7)$4,200
1962 Arnold Palmer Troon 276 (-12)$3,920
1961 Arnold Palmer Royal Birkdale 284 (-4)$3,920
1960 Kel Nagle St Andrews 278 (-10)$3,500
1959 Gary Player Muirfield 284 (E)$2,800
1958 Peter Thomson Royal Lytham & St Annes 274 (-10)$2,800
1957 Bobby Locke St Andrews 279 (-9)$2,800
1956 Peter Thomson Royal Liverpool 286 (-2)$2,800
1955 Peter Thomson St Andrews 281 (-7)$2,800
1954 Peter Thomson Royal Birkdale 283 (-3)$2,800
1953 Ben Hogan Carnoustie 282 (-6)$1,400
1952 Bobby Locke Royal Lytham & St Annes 287 (-1)$840
1951 Max Faulkner Royal Portrush 285 (-3)$840
1950 Bobby Locke Troon 279 (-9)$740
1949 Bobby Locke Royal St Geoge's 283 (-5)$740
1948 Henry Cotton Muirfield 284 (E)$600
1947 Fred Daly Royal Liverpool 293 (+5)$600
1946 Sam Sneed St Andrews 290 (+2)$600
1940-45 None (WWII) -- --
1939 Dick Burton St Andrews 290 (-2)£100
1938 Reg Whitcombe Royal St George's 295 (+15)£100
1937 Henry Cotton Carnoustie 290 (+6)£100
1936 Alf Padgham Royal Liverpool 287 (-9)£100
1935 Alf Peffy Muirfield 283 (-5)£100
1934 Henry Cotton Royal St George's 283 (-5)£100
1933 Denny Shute St Andrews 282 (+4)£100
1932 Gene Sarazen Prince's Golf Club 283 (-5)£100
1931 Tommy Armour Carnoustie 296 (+12)£100
1930 Bobby Jones Royal Liverpool 291 (+3)£100
1929 Walter Hagen Royal St George's 292 (+8)£75
1928 Walter Hagen Royal St George's 292 (+12)£75
1927 Bobby Jones St Andrews 285 (-3)£75
1926 Bobby Jones Royal Lytham & St Annes 291 (+7)£75
1925 Jim Barnes Prestwick Golf Club 300 (+16)£75
1924 Walter Hagen Royal Liverpool 301 (+13)£75
1923 Arthur Havers Troon 295 (+7)£75
1922 Walter Hagen Royal St George's 300 (+20)£75
1921 Jock Hitchison St Andrews 296 (+8)£75
1920 George Duncan Royal Cinque Ports 303 (+15)£75
1915-19 None (WWI) -- --
1914 Harry Vardon Prestwick Golf Club 306£50
1913 John Henry Taylor Royal Liverpool 304£50
1912 Ted Ray Muirfield 295£50
1911 Harry Vardon Royal St George's 303£50
1910 James Braid St Andrews 299£50
1909 John Henry Taylor Royal Cinque Ports 291£50
1908 James Braid Prestwick Golf Club 291£50
1907 Arnaud Massy Royal Liverpool 312£50
1906 James Braid Muirfield 300£50
1905 James Braid St Andrews 318£50
1904 Jack White Royal St George's 296£50
1903 Harry Vardon Prestwick Golf Club 300£50
1902 Sandy Herd Royal Liverpool 307£50
1901 James Braid Muirfield 309£50
1900 John Henry Taylor St Andrews 309£50
1899 Harry Vardon Royal St George's 310£30
1898 Harry Vardon Prestwick Golf Club 307£30
1897 Harold Hilton Royal Liverpool 314£30
1896 Harry Vardon Muirfield 316£30
1895 John Henry Taylor St Andrews 332£30
1894 John Henry Taylor Royal St George's 326£30
1893 William Auchterlonie Prestwick Golf Club 322£30
1892 Harold Hilton Muirfield 305£35
1891 Hugh Kirkaldy St Andrews 166£10
1890 John Ball Prestwick Golf Club 162£13
1889 Willie Park Jr. Musselburgh Links 155£8
1888 Jack Burns St Andrews 171£8
1887 Willie Park Jr. Prestwick Golf Club 161£8
1886 David Brown Musselburgh Links 157£8
1885 Bob Martin St ANdrews 171£10
1884 Jack Simpson Prestwick Golf Club 160£8
1883 Willie Fernie Musselburgh Links 159£8
1882 Bob Ferguson St Andrews 171£12
1881 Bob Ferguson Prestwick Golf Club 170£8
1880 Bob Ferguson Musselburgh Links 162£8
1879 Jamie Anderson St Andrews 169£10
1878 Jamie Anderson Prestwick Golf Club 157£5
1877 Jamie Anderson Musselburgh Links 160£8
1876 Bob Martin St Andrews 176£10
1875 Willie Park Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 166£8
1874 Mungo Park Musselburgh Links 159£8
1873 Tom Kidd St Andrews 179£11
1872 Tom Morris Jr. Prestwick Golf Club 166£8
1871 None -- --
1870 Tom Morris Jr. Prestwick Golf Club 149£6
1869 Tom Morris Jr. Prestwick Golf Club 157£6
1868 Tom Morris Jr. Prestwick Golf Club 154£6
1867 Tom Morris Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 170£7
1866 Willie Park Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 169£6
1865 Andrew Strath Prestwick Golf Club 162£8
1864 Tom Morris Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 167£6
1863 Willie Park Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 168£6
1862 Tom Morris Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 163N/A
1861 Tom Morris Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 163N/A
1860 Willie Park Sr. Prestwick Golf Club 174N/A

Multiple-Time Open Championship Winners

There are 27 players who have won multiple Open Championships. Harry Vardon is the all-time leader with six Open Championship victories to his credit.

# Player Years
6 Harry Vardon 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914
5 James Braid 1901, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1910
5 John Henry Taylor 1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, 1913
5 Peter Thomson 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965
5 Tom Watson 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983
4 Tom Morris Sr. 1861, 1862, 1864, 1867
4 Tom Morris Jr. 1868, 1869, 1870, 1872
4 Willie Park Sr. 1860, 1863, 1866, 1875
4 Walter Hagan 1922, 1924, 1928, 1929
4 Bobby Locke 1949, 1950, 1952, 1957
3 Jamie Anderson 1877, 1878, 1879
3 Bob Ferguson 1880, 1881, 1882
3 Bobby Jones 1926, 1927, 1930
3 Henry Cotton 1934, 1937, 1948
3 Gary Player 1959, 1968, 1974
3 Jack Nicklaus 1966, 1970, 1978
3 Seve Ballesteros 1979, 1984, 1988
3 Nick Faldo 1987, 1990, 1992
3 Tiger Woods 2000, 2005, 2006
2 Bob Martin 1876, 1885
2 Willie Park Jr. 1887, 1889
2 Harold Hilton 1892, 1897
2 Arnold Palmer 1961, 1962
2 Lee Trevino 1971, 1972
2 Greg Norman 1986, 1993
2 Padraig Harrington 2007, 2008
2 Ernie Els 2002, 2012

The Missing Years

The Open Championship is golf’s oldest major, but it hasn’t been running consecutively since 1860. In fact, there have been 13 years in which there was no Open Championship since the event’s inception.

The 1871 Open Championship was canceled after Young Tom Morris permanently won the trophy, the “challenge belt”, by winning the Open three times in a row from 1868-70. Tournament organizers were unsure how to proceed, which opened the door for tournament organizers to reconfigure the tournament. However, these negotiations took longer than expected, at the cost of the 1871 Open Championship.

World War I caused the cancellation of the Open from 1915-1919, and World War II did the same from 1940-1945. The 2020 Open Championship was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Future Open Championship Venues

Here are the courses set to host future Open Championships.

2022 - The Old Course at St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland
2023 - Royal Liverpool, Liverpool, England
2024 - Royal Troon, Troon, Scotland
2025 - Royal Portrush, Portrush, Northern Ireland