British Open Winners: The Full List of Champions

British Open winners James Braid, J.H. Taylor and Harry Vardon

The British Open golf tournament goes all the way back to 1860. That's a lot of champions. And here they all are, the Open Championship winners.

The British Open is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf. Run by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the tournament is played on a different links-style golf course each year.

The photo above shows, from left, James Braid, J.H. Taylor and Harry Vardon, who among them won 16 Open Championships. (The list of all golfers with multiple British Open wins appears at the bottom.)

List of British Open Winners

The number following the winner's name is his stroke total (playoffs are listed in parentheses). Where the year appears as a link, you can click to view the final scores and recap:

2018: Francesco Molinari, 276
2017: Jordan Spieth, 268
2016: Henrik Stenson, 264
2015: Zach Johnson, 273 (def. Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen in 4-hole playoff)
2014: Rory McIlroy, 271
2013: Phil Mickelson, 281
2012: Ernie Els, 273
2011: Darren Clarke, 275
2010: Louis Oosthuizen, 272
2009: Stewart Cink, 278 (Cink def. Tom Watson in 4-hole playoff, 14-20)
2008: Padraig Harrington, 283
2007: Padraig Harrington, 277 (Harrington def. Sergio Garcia in 4-hole playoff, 15-16)
2006: Tiger Woods, 270
2005: Tiger Woods, 274
2004: Todd Hamilton, 274 (Hamilton def. Ernie Els in 4-hole playoff, 15-16)
2003: Ben Curtis, 283
2002: Ernie Els, 278 (Els def. Thomas Levet, Stuart Appleby and Steve Elkington in playoff)
2001: David Duval, 274
2000: Tiger Woods, 269
1999: Paul Lawrie, 290 (Lawrie def. Justin Leonard and Jean Van de Velde in playoff)
1998: Mark O'Meara, 280 (O'Meara def. Brian Watts in 4-hole playoff, 17-19)
1997: Justin Leonard, 272
1996: Tom Lehman, 271
1995: John Daly, 282 (Daly def. Constantino Rocca in 4-hole playoff, 15-19)
1994: Nick Price, 268
1993: Greg Norman, 267
1992: Nick Faldo, 272
1991: Ian Baker-Finch, 272
1990: Nick Faldo, 270
1989: Mark Calcavecchia, 275 (Calcavecchia def. Wayne Grady and Greg Norman in playoff)
1988: Seve Ballesteros, 273
1987: Nick Faldo, 279
1986: Greg Norman, 280
1985: Sandy Lyle, 282
1984: Seve Ballesteros, 276
1983: Tom Watson, 275
1982: Tom Watson, 284
1981: Bill Rogers, 276
1980: Tom Watson, 271
1979: Seve Ballesteros, 283
1978: Jack Nicklaus, 281
1977: Tom Watson, 268
1976: Johnny Miller, 279
1975: Tom Watson, 279 (Watson def. Jack Newton in 18-hole playoff, 71-72)
1974: Gary Player, 282
1973: Tom Weiskopf, 276
1972: Lee Trevino, 278
1971: Lee Trevino, 278
1970: Jack Nicklaus, 283 (Nicklaus def. Doug Sanders in 18-hole playoff, 72-73)
1969: Tony Jacklin, 280
1968: Gary Player, 289
1967: Roberto de Vicenzo, 278
1966: Jack Nicklaus, 282
1965: Peter Thomson, 285
1964: Tony Lema, 279
1963: Bob Charles, 277 (Charles def. Phil Rodgers in 36-hole playoff, 140-148)
1962: Arnold Palmer, 276
1961: Arnold Palmer, 284
1960: Kel Nagle, 278
1959: Gary Player, 284
1958: Peter Thomson, 278 (Thompson def. Dave Thomas in 36-hole playoff, 139-143)
1957: Bobby Locke, 279
1956: Peter Thomson, 286
1955: Peter Thomson, 281
1954: Peter Thomson, 283
1953: Ben Hogan, 282
1952: Bobby Locke, 287
1951: Max Faulkner, 285
1950: Bobby Locke, 279
1949: Bobby Locke, 283 (Locke def. Harry Bradshaw in 36-hole playoff, 135-147)
1948: Henry Cotton, 288
1947: Fred Daly, 293
1946: Sam Snead, 290

The British Open wasnt played from 1940-45 due to World War II. Scores are not yet available on GolfCompendium.com for Opens prior to 1948, but are being added to the site over time.

1939: Richard Burton, 290
1938: R.A. "Reg" Whitcombe, 295
1937: Henry Cotton, 290
1936: Alf Padgham, 287
1935: Alf Perry, 283
1934: Henry Cotton, 283
1933: Denny Shute, 292 (Shute def. Craig Wood in 36-hole playoff, 149-154)
1932: Gene Sarazen, 283
1931: Tommy Armour, 296
1930: a-Bobby Jones, 291
1929: Walter Hagen, 292
1928: Walter Hagen, 292
1927: a-Bobby Jones, 285
1926: a-Bobby Jones, 291
1925: Jim Barnes, 300
1924: Walter Hagen, 301
1923: Arthur Havers, 295
1922: Walter Hagen, 300
1921: Jock Hutchison, 296 (Hutchison def. Roger Wethered in 36-hole playoff, 150-159)
1920: George Duncan, 303
1915-19: Open Championship not played due to World War I
1914: Harry Vardon, 306
1913: J.H. Taylor, 304
1912: Ted Ray, 295
1911: Harry Vardon, 303 (Vardon def. Arnaud Massy in playoff, conceded on 35th hole)
1910: James Braid, 299
1909: J.H. Taylor, 291
1908: James Braid, 291
1907: Arnaud Massy, 312
1906: James Braid, 300
1905: James Braid, 318
1904: Jack White, 296
1903: Harry Vardon, 300
1902: Sandy Herd, 307
1901: James Braid, 309
1900: J.H. Taylor, 309
1899: Harry Vardon, 310
1898: Harry Vardon, 307
1897: a-Harold "Hal" Hilton, 314
1896: Harry Vardon, 316 (Vardon def. J.H. Taylor in 36-hole playoff, 157-161)
1895: J.H. Taylor, 322
1894: J.H. Taylor, 326
1893: William Auchterlonie, 322
1892: a-Harold "Hal" Hilton, 305
1891: Hugh Kirkaldy, 166
1890: a-John Ball, 164
1889: Willie Park Jr., 155 (Park def. Andrew Kirkaldy in 36-hole playoff, 158-163)
1888: Jack Burns, 171
1887: Willie Park Jr., 161
1886: David Brown, 157
1885: Bob Martin, 171
1884: Jack Simpson, 160
1883: Willie Fernie, 159 (Fernie def. Bob Ferguson in 36-hole playoff, 158-159)
1882: Bob Ferguson, 171
1881: Bob Ferguson, 170
1880: Bob Ferguson, 162
1879: Jamie Anderson, 169
1878: Jamie Anderson, 157
1877: Jamie Anderson, 160
1876: Bob Martin, 176 (David Strath conceded playoff to Martin)
1875: Willie Park Sr., 166
1874: Mungo Park, 159
1873: Tom Kidd, 179
1872: Tom Morris Jr., 166
1871: Open Championship not played
1870: Tom Morris Jr., 149
1869: Tom Morris Jr., 157
1868: Tom Morris Jr., 154
1867: Tom Morris Sr., 170
1866: Willie Park Sr., 169
1865: Andrew Strath, 162
1864: Tom Morris Sr., 167
1863: Willie Park Sr., 168
1862: Tom Morris Sr., 163
1861: Tom Morris Sr., 163
1860: Willie Park Sr., 174

Most Wins in the British Open

  • 6 wins — Harry Vardon (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914)
  • 5 wins - James Braid (1901, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1910); J.H. Taylor (1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, 1913); Peter Thomson (1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965); Tom Watson (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983)
  • 4 wins — Old Tom Morris, Young Tom Morris, Willie Park Sr., Walter Hagen, Bobby Locke
  • 3 wins — Jamie Anderson, Bob Ferguson, Bobby Jones, Henry Cotton, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods
  • 2 wins — Bob Martin, Willie Park Jr., Harold Hilton, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els

Photo credit: By J. Albert Scott, Golf Illustrated & Outdoor America, Vol. 3, April 1915, public domain image.

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