Open Golf Champions – an Overview

In any sporting code there are always the rare few who accomplish the near impossible, those sportsmen, athletes and players who regularly raise the bar of their chosen profession, breaking old records and setting new ones and golf and the Open Championship is no different.
To win a majors title – one of the four grand slams of golf – is a huge achievement and every single serious golfer out there would probably give anything to be able to don the Green Jacket, hold tightly onto the US Open Trophy, sip out of the Claret Jug, or wave the Wanamaker Trophy wildly.

Multiple Slams

There are however a number of men who have won the coveted grand slam of golf more than once and we pay tribute to two such men who dominated the Open Championship in their era – Harry Vardon and Tom Watson.
Between the two of them, they have lifted the Claret Jug on eleven different occasions and this is what separates them from the rest of the mob. They are the true champions of the Open, the men who will forever have their names emblazoned across the history of the game!

The Mature Challenger

Then there is the man who confounded his critics by returning to the 2008 Open Championship after a lengthy hiatus and finished tied third – the incomparable Greg Norman. What makes Norman’s accomplishment so very admirable is his age, at 53 he is firmly entrenched on the Seniors Tour but instead of waiting for the senior event a week later, he opted to try his luck at Royal Birkdale, fifteen long years after his second Open Championship crown!
He was lambasted by both the media and television announcers alike for his brave choice to run out with the rest of the field, some even claiming he should rather rely on his Zimmer-frame for action and they must have swallowed their words. At a blustery Birkdale Norman finished in the top five on all four outings!

Ireland’s Master Golfer

Lastly we pay tribute to the man who has captured back to back victories at the Open, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington. He claimed the Jug in 2007 at Carnoustie; defeating Spain’s Sergio Garcia in a playoff and then went on to tame the beast of Birkdale in 2008 beating England’s Ian Poulter by 4 strokes. What makes his accomplishment so special is the fact that he went straight on to the USPGA Championship a month later and claimed the crown there too crushing the hopes of Sergio Garcia and Ben Curtis with a two stroke lead!