Trivia & Facts

Enrich your British Open experience with these trivia titbits:

  • The British Open features a four-hole playoff for any golfers tied at the end of regulation. It begins on the first hole, and then moves to the 16th, 17th and 18th. If any golfers remained tied at this point, they repeat the 18th hole until there is a winner.
  • When the championship began, the winner was presented with the Challenge Belt. The trophy awarded to the winner of the British Open is officially known as the Championship Cup, but it is widely referred to as the “Claret Jug”. Claret is a dry red wine produced in the famous French winemaking region of Bordeaux. The British Open trophy was made in the style of silver jugs used to serve claret at 19th century gatherings.
  • At Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2001, American David Duval shot a closing round of 67 for a three-shot win over Sweden’s Niclas Fasth. Ian Woosnam finished in a six-way tie for third place after being penalised two shots for carrying an extra club in his bag on the opening hole of the final round. His caddie had failed to remove a spare driver after a practice session.
  • Only three British Open winners: Bill Rogers in 1981, Greg Norman in 1993 and Ben Curtis in 2003, have managed to shoot under par over 72 holes at Royal St George’s, which also boasts the deepest bunker in championship golf.
  • At the 1998 British Open at Royal Birkdale, only eventual champion Mark O’Meara and his play-off challenger Brian Watts were able to match par over the tournament’s four rounds.

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