10 Memorable British Opens

After final 12 months’s match was canceled due to the pandemic — the primary time since World War II — the British Open is again.

The Open will likely be staged this week at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Kent, England. The final time it was held there was in 2011, when Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland gained by three pictures over Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.

The occasion, the ultimate main of the season, was first performed in 1860 and has lengthy supplied gorgeous moments. Here, in chronological order, are 10 British Opens that stand out.

1953: Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland

Ben Hogan was the champion in the one British Open he competed in, successful by 4 strokes.

Tied for the lead getting into the ultimate spherical, Hogan shot a four-under 68, which included a birdie at No. 5 when he chipped in from the bunker.

Hogan’s victory capped what ranks as some of the exceptional seasons in golf: Only 4 years after he was significantly injured in a automotive accident, Hogan additionally gained the Masters and the United States Open.

1961: Royal Birkdale Golf Club, England

Arnold Palmer gained by a shot over Dai Rees, though it was not solely the ultimate end result that was vital; it was additionally that Palmer, the most well-liked participant within the sport,was showing within the British Open for the second 12 months in a row.

Palmer, who had completed second in 1960, would encourage different American gamers to make the lengthy journey. The British Open started to imagine a bigger stature. Palmer gained the match once more in 1962.

Jack Nicklaus after his win over a fellow American, Doug Sanders, at St. Andrews in 1970.Credit…Michael Joy/R&a, through Getty Images

1970: The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland

All Doug Sanders, one among golf’s most colourful figures, wanted was to transform a three-foot putt on the ultimate gap and he could be the champion.

He missed it. The subsequent day, in an 18-hole playoff, he misplaced to a fellow American, Jack Nicklaus, by a shot. On the 18th gap, Nicklaus hit a 360-yard drive that went by the inexperienced. He chipped to about eight toes away and made the putt for his first main title since 1967.

For Nicklaus, who would win three British Open titles, that was thought of a drought.

1972: Muirfield Golf Links, Scotland

Nicklaus, who had already gained the Masters and U.S. Open, was going for the grand slam (successful all 4 majors in the identical 12 months).

With one spherical to go, he trailed the chief, Lee Trevino, by six strokes. Nicklaus made fairly a cost within the closing spherical, capturing a five-under 66, however Trevino held on to win by a stroke. England’s hero, Tony Jacklin, got here in third, two pictures again.

Tom Watson after making the successful putt on the 1977 Open Golf Championships at Ailsa Course — the match generally known as the “Duel in the Sun.”Credit…S&G/PA Images, through Getty Images

1977: Ailsa Course, Turnberry, Scotland

Hubert Green, who completed third, 11 pictures again, put it finest when describing the battle between Tom Watson and Nicklaus: “I won this golf tournament. I don’t know what game those other two guys were playing.”

Watson and Nicklaus each shot a five-under 65 within the third spherical. In the ultimate spherical, Watson recorded one other 65 to win by one. Nicklaus made a 32-foot birdie putt on the ultimate gap, forcing Watson to transform his two-footer for the victory. The match is called the “Duel in the Sun.”

1984: St. Andrews

Watson, going for his third straight British Open, and sixth total, made a bogey on the Road Hole, No. 17, dropping by two strokes to Seve Ballesteros.

For Ballesteros, who trailed by two pictures heading into the ultimate spherical, it was his second Open championship. He had gained the title in 1979 and would win for a 3rd time in 1988. (Ballesteros additionally captured the Masters in 1980 and 1983.)

One of probably the most enduring pictures of the 1984 Open was the fist pump Ballesteros gave after his closing putt on 18.

Jean van de Velde in 1999 at Carnoustie, standing within the water at 18 and realizing that he must take a penalty stroke as a substitute of attempting to hit the ball.Credit…Popperfoto, through Getty Images/Getty Images

1999: Carnoustie

Golf is usually a merciless sport, as Jean van de Velde came upon at Carnoustie.

Leading by three on the par-Four closing gap, he made a triple bogey, leading to one among golf’s most heartbreaking meltdowns. He misplaced in a playoff to Paul Lawrie.

This match additionally has a permanent picture: van de Velde standing within the water at 18, realizing that he must take a penalty stroke as a substitute of attempting to hit the ball.

2009: Ailsa Course

With one gap to go, the not possible was about to occur.

Watson, at age 59, was going to seize the British Open. All he wanted was yet one more par and he would grow to be the primary participant to win a significant in his 50s.

Watson’s second shot ended up over the inexperienced. He putted to about eight toes away, however then missed the following one for par. He misplaced in a four-hole playoff to Stewart Cink.

Phil Mickelson celebrating his birdie on the 18th gap in 2013 at Muirfield.Credit…Peter Byrne/PA Images, through Getty Images

2013: Muirfield

Mickelson had not been at his finest in earlier British Opens. In 19 appearances, he had recorded solely two Top 10s.

This time, due to a final-round five-under 66, he gained by three strokes over Henrik Stenson. Lee Westwood, who was the chief heading into Sunday, faltered with a 75 to complete 4 again.

The victory put Mickelson nearer to the profession grand slam. At 51, he has but to realize it.

2016: Royal Troon Golf Club, Scotland

As in 1977, it was a two-man battle. Mickelson, looking for his second British Open, was on fireplace from the beginning, with rounds of 63, 69, 70 and 65. Stenson was higher, setting a report for the fewest strokes, 264, in a significant championship.

They have been tied with 5 holes to go on Sunday. Stenson, who shot a final-round 63, birdied 14, 15 and 16. At 15, he made a 51-foot putt from off the inexperienced. J.B. Holmes completed third, 14 again.