This year’s 152nd Open will be held at Royal Troon, and fans are already anticipating an intense competition. Join us as we look back on some of the most iconic moments from past Opens, picking our top 5 British Open Wins over the centuries.

With a rich heritage dating back to 1860, The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, has been the stage for some of the greatest golfing moments in history.

In honour of the upcoming 152nd edition, this blog will be celebrating five of the most historic wins at The Open Championship, highlighting the golfers’ extraordinary skills, remarkable records, and lasting impact on the sport.

Join us as we delve into the stories of these golfing legends who have etched their names in history, and learn how you can book your tickets to see winners make history!

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Top 5 British Open Golf Winners

5. Henrik Stenson

In fifth place is Henrik Stenson's win at the 2016 British Open, which set the record for the lowest overall score in any major championship at 264.

He went head-to-head with 2013 champion Phil Mickelson, and the showdown they delivered was the stuff of dreams. In a final-round duel that is one of the greatest in major championship history, Mickelson put up an incredible fight that at any other time would have seen him take home the Claret Jug.

However, Stenson's final round of 63 was like watching an artist at work – every shot seemed to defy the odds and he finished three strokes ahead of Mickleson.

His victory also made history by making him the first male Swedish golfer to win a major championship.

4. Harry Vardon

In fourth place is one of the most influential figures in golf’s history. Harry Vardon's victories at The Open Championship in the late 19th and early 20th century were written into the history books.

Vardon is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of professional golf. With six victories between 1896 and 1914, Vardon's record has yet to be surpassed.

What makes Vardon's wins so impressive is not just the number of titles he claimed, but also the enduring impact he had on the sport. His innovative approach to the game, including the introduction of the overlapping "Vardon Grip," revolutionised golf technique for generations to come.

Vardon's legacy extends far beyond his record-setting wins, making him a trailblazer whose influence continues to shape the sport to this day.

3. Rory McIlroy

In the top three winners is the northern Irish golfing prodigy. Rory McIlroy's victory at the 2014 British Open was nothing short of extraordinary.

With The Open Championship win, McIlroy claimed his third major title and became one of the only three golfers to win three majors by the age of 25.

What made his win so impressive was the dominant fashion in which he achieved it. McIlroy left no doubt of his abilities, finishing a staggering record-breaking 17-under par.

His powerful drives and precise iron shots were a sight to behold, captivating fans around the world. McIlroy's triumph solidified his place as one of golf's young superstars.

McIlroy has continued to cement his status as one of the game's brightest stars, sitting at world number one in the Official World Golf ranking for over 100 weeks and earning his place among the greats.

2. Tom Watson

In second place, Tom Watson's name is synonymous with success at The Open Championship.

Revered for his consistency and precision, Watson’s exceptional record includes five Open Championship victories in 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, and 1983, surpassed only by Vardon’s six wins.

Particularly memorable was his famous "Duel in the Sun" with Jack Nicklaus in 1977, where Watson emerged victorious in a nail-biting showdown. Throughout the tournament the two had traded golfing blows, producing one of the most thrilling head-to-head contests in golf history.

The defining moment came on the final day, as Watson and Nicklaus went shot for shot, creating an atmosphere of intense anticipation. Watson's unwavering focus and clutch shots, particularly on the treacherous 71st hole, propelled him to victory by a single stroke, securing his place as the champion.

1. Tiger Woods

No list of British Open winners would be complete without mentioning the incomparable Tiger Woods, who sat at the the top of the Official World Golf Rankings for 683 weeks.

Woods' impact on the world of golf is unparalleled, and his performances in The Open are a testament to his immense talent.

With three victories in 2000, 2005, and 2006, Woods showcased his unrivalled skill and mental fortitude.

His win in 2000 set a record by achieving the lowest 72-hole score relative to par, finishing at an impressive −19. This accomplishment stood as a record for all major championships for a remarkable 15 years, and secured him the title of the youngest golfer ever to complete a career Grand Slam.

Woods' triumphs at The Open cemented his status as one of the greatest golfers of all time and inspired a new wave of players.

How to witness the Open live

Are you ready to witness the exhilaration and drama of the next historic British Open triumph? Now is the perfect moment to start getting ready for an unforgettable experience.

Mark your calendars for the 14th to 21st of July, when the prestigious Open Championship will grace the magnificent Royal Troon, and prepare yourself for displays of skill and competition as modern-day golfing pros collide.

Don't miss the chance to secure your spot at future editions. Register your interest today, and be the first to receive updates when tickets become available for the most highly regarded tournament in the golfing calendar. Become a part of the history of the sport, enjoy the atmosphere, and make unforgettable memories!

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