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THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP FACTS AND FIGURES    
    
OLDEST WINNER:    
Old Tom Morris, 1867, 46 years and 99 days    
Robert de Vicenzo, 1967, 44 years and 93 days    
Harry Vardon, 1914, 44 years and 41 days    
    
YOUNGEST WINNER:    
Young Tom Morris, 1868, 17 years, 5 months and 8 days    
Willie Auchterlonie, 1893, 21 years and 24 days    
Severiano Ballesteros, 1979, 22 years, 3 months and 12 days    
    
OLDEST COMPETITOR    
Gene Sarazen, 74 years and 131 days, 1976    
    
YOUNGEST COMPETITOR    
Young Tom Morris, 14 years and 147 days, 1865    
    
CHAMPIONS IN THREE DECADES:    
Harry Vardon, 1896, 1903 and 1911    
J.H.Taylor, 1894, 1900 and 1913    
Gary Player, 1959, 1968 and 1974    
    
MOST VICTORIES:    
6, Harry Vardon, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911 and 1914    
5, James Braid, 1901,1905, 1906, 1908, and 1910    
5, J. H. Taylor, 1894,1895, 1900, 1909 and 1913    
5, Peter Thomson, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1965    
5, Tom Watson, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1983    
    
BIGGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:    
13 strokes, Old Tom Morris, 1862    
12 strokes, Young Tom Morris, 1870    
8 strokes, J.H. Taylor, 1900 and 1913    
8 strokes,  James Braid, 1908    
8 strokes,  Tiger Woods, 2000    
7 strokes, Louis Oosthuizen, 2010    
6 strokes, Bobby Jones, 1927    
6 strokes,  Walter Hagen, 1929    
6 strokes,  Arnold Palmer, 1962    
6 strokes,  Johnny Miller 1976    
    
LOWEST WINNING AGGREGATES    
267 (66,68,69,64) Greg Norman, Royal St George’s, 1993    
268 (68,70,65,65) Tom Watson, Turnberry, 1977    
268 (69,66,67,66) Nick Price, Turnberry, 1994    
269 (67,66,67,69) Tiger Woods, St Andrews,  2000    
270 (67,65,67,71) Sir Nick Faldo, St Andrews, 1990    
270 (67,65,71, 67) Tiger Woods, Royal Liverpool, 2006    
    
LOWEST WINNING UNDER PAR SCORES    
269 (-19)Tiger Woods, St Andrews, 2000    
270 (-18) Sir Nick Faldo, St Andrews, 1990    
270 (-18) Tiger Woods, Royal Liverpool, 2006    
272 (-16) Louis Oosthuizen, St Andrews, 2010    
274 (-14), Tiger Woods, St Andrews, 2005    
271 (-13) Tom Watson,  Muirfield, 1980    
267 (-13) Greg Norman, Royal St Gerorge’s, 1993    
271 (-13) Tom Lehman, Royal Lytham and St Annes, 1996    
    
LOWEST 9 HOLES    
28, Denis Durnian, Royal Birkdale, 1983    
    
LOWEST INDIVIDUAL ROUND    
63, Mark Hayes, 2nd round, Turnberry, 1977    
63, Isao Aoki, 3rd round, Muirfield, 1980    
63, Greg Norman, 2nd round, Turnberry, 1986    
63, Paul Broadhurst, 3rd round, St Andrews, 1990    
63, Jodie Mudd, 4th round, Royal Birkdale, 1991    
63, Sir Nick Faldo, 2nd round , Royal St George’s, 1993    
63, Payne Stewart, 4th round, Royal St Georges, 1993    
63, Rory McIlroy, 1st round, St Andrews, 2010    
    
LOWEST FIRST ROUND    
63, Rory McIlroy, St Andrews, 2010    
64, Craig Stadler, Royal Birkdale, 1983    
64, Christy O’Connor Jnr, Royal St George’s 1985    
64, Rodger Davis, Murifield, 1987    
64, Steve Pate,  Muirfield, 1992    
64, Ray Floyd, Murifield, 1992    
64, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Turnberry, 2009    
64, Adam Scott, Royal Lytham and St Annes, 2012    
    
LOWEST SECOND ROUND    
63, Mark Hayes, Turnberry, 1977    
63, Greg Norman, Turnberry, 1986    
63, Sir Nick Faldo, Royal St George’s, 1993    
    
LOWEST THIRD ROUND    
63, Isao Aoki, Muirfield, 1980    
63, Paul Broadhurst, St Andrews, 1990    
    
LOWEST FOURTH ROUND    
63, Jodie Mudd, Royal Birkdale, 1991,    
63, Payne Stewart, Royal St George’s, 1993    
    
LOWEST 1ST 36 HOLES    
130, (66,64) Sir Nick Faldo, Muirfield, 1992    
130 (66-64), Brandt Snedeker, Royal Lytham and St Annes, 2012    
131 (64-67), Adam Scott, Royal Lytham and St Annes, 2012    
132, (67,65) Sir Henry Cotton, Royal St George’s, 1934    
132, (67,65), Sir Nick Faldo, St Andrews, 1990    
132,  (66,66) Greg Norman, St Andrews, 1990    
132,  (69,63) Sir Nick Faldo, Royal St Georges, 1993     
132 , (67-65) Tiger Woods, Royal Liverpool, 2006    
132, (65-67) Louis Oosthuizen, St Andrews, 2010    
    
LOWEST FINAL 36 HOLES    
130, (65-65) Tom Watson, Turnberry, 1977    
130,  (64-66) Ian Baker-Finch, Royal Birkdale, 1991,    
130, (66-64) Anders Forsbrand, Turnberry, 1994    
    
LOWEST 1ST  54 HOLES    
198, (67,67,64) Tom Lehman, Royal Lytham & St Annes, 1996    
199, (67,65,67) Sir Nick Faldo, St Andrews,, 1990    
199, (66-64-69) Sir Nick Faldo, Muirfield, 1992    
199, (64,67,68), Adam Scott, Royal Lytham and St Annes, 2012    
    
LOWEST FINAL 54 HOLES    
199, (66,67,66)  Nick Price, Turnberry, 1994    
200, (70,65,65) Tom Watson, Turnberry, 1977    
200 (63,70,67)Sir  Nick Faldo, Royal St George’s, 1993    
200 (66,64,70) Fuzzy Zoeller, Turnberry, 1994    
200 (66,70,64) Sir Nick Faldo, Turnberry, 1994    
    
BIGGEST SPAN BETWEEN VICTORIES    
11 years, Sir Henry Cotton, 1937-48    
10 years, Ernie Els, 2002-12    
    
BIGGEST SPAN BETWEEN FIRST AND LAST VICTORIES    
19 years, J H Taylor, 1894-1913    
18 years Harry Vardon, 1896-1914    
    
MOST SUCCESSIVE VICTORIES    
4, Young Tom Morris, 1868-72 (no championship in 1871)    
3, Jamie Anderson, 1877-79    
3, Bob Ferguson, 1880-82    
3, Peter Thomson, 1954-56    
    
VICTORIES BY AMATEURS    
3, Bobby Jones, 1926, 27, 30    
2, Harold Hilton, 1892, 97    
1, John Ball, 1890    
(Roger Wethered lost in a play-off in 1921)    
    
CHAMPIONS ON FIRST APPEARANCE    
Willie Park, Prestwick, 1860    
Tom Kidd, St Andrews, 1873    
Mungo Park, Musselburgh, 1874    
Harold Hilton, Muirfield, 1892    
Jock Hutchinson, St Andrews, 1921    
Densmore Shute, St Andrews, 1933    
Ben Hogan, Carnoustie, 1953    
Tony Lema, St Andrews, 1964    
Tom Watson, Carnoustie, 1975    
Ben Curtis, Royal St Georges, 2003    
    
HIGHEST NUMBER OF SUB-70 ROUNDS    
36, Sir Nick Faldo    
33, Jack Nicklaus     
30, Tom Watson    
25 Greg Norman    
21, Lee Trevino    
21, Nick Price    
20, Severiano Ballesteros    
    
PLAYERS TO WIN WITH FOUR SUB-70 ROUNDS    
Greg Norman, Royal St George’s, 1993    
Nick Price, Turnberry, 1994    
Tiger Woods, St Andrews, 2000    
* Ernie Els was the first player to record four sub-70 rounds at Royal St George’s in 1993    
    
HIGHEST NUMBER OF TOP FIVE FINISHES    
16, J H Taylor    
16 Jack Nicklaus    
15, Harry Vardon     
15 James Braid    
    
WIRE-TO-WIRE WINNERS ( NO-TIES)    
Willie Auchterlonie,  Prestwick, 1893    
J H Taylor,  Royal St George’s, 1884    
James Braid, Prestwick, 1908    
Ted Ray, Muirfield, 1912    
Bobby Jones, St Andrews, 1927    
Gene Sarazen, Prince’s, 1932    
Henry Cotton, Royal St George’s, 1934    
Tom Weiskopf, Royal Troon, 1973    
Tiger Woods, St Andrews, 2005    
    
LARGEST 18 HOLE LEADS    
4 strokes, Bobby Jones, St Andrews, 1927,    
4 strokes, Sir Henry Cotton, Royal St George’s 1934    
4 strokes, Christy O’Connor Jnr, Royal St George’s 1985    
    
LARGEST 36 HOLE LEADS    
9 strokes, Sir Henry Cotton, Royal St George’s, 1934    
    
LARGEST 54 HOLE LEADS    
10 strokes, Sir Henry Cotton, Royal St George’s, 1934    
    
LARGEST 54 HOLE LEADS LOST    
5 strokes, MacDonald Smith, Prestwick, 1925    
5 strokes, Jean Van de Velde, Carnoustie, 1999    
    
LARGEST FINAL ROUND COMEBACK BY A WINNER    
10 strokes, Paul Lawrie, Carnoustie, 1999    
    
BEST COMEBACK BY A WINNER AFTER 36 HOLES    
13 strokes, George Duncan, Royal Cinque Ports, 1920    
    
BEST COMEBACK BY A WINNER AFTER 18 HOLES    
11 strokes, Harry Vardon, Muirfield 1896    
    
LOWEST OPENING ROUND BY A WINNER    
65 , Louis Oosthuizen, St Andrews, 2010    
66, Peter Thomson, Royal Lytham and St Annes, 1958    
66, Sir Nick Faldo, Muirfield, 1992,    
66, Greg Norman, Royal St George’s, 1993    
66, Tiger Woods, St Andrews, 2005    
66, Stewart Cink, Turnberry, 2009    
    
HIGHEST OPENING ROUND BY A WINNER    
80, George Duncan, Royal Cinque Ports, 1920 (also shot 80 in round two)    
    
LOWEST FINISHING ROUND BY A WINNER    
64, Greg Norman, Royal St George’s, 1993    
    
HIGHEST FINISHING ROUND BY A WINNER    
79, Sir Henry Cotton, Royal St George’s, 1934    
    
CHAMPION WITH FOUR ROUNDS THE SAME    
Densmore Shute, (73,73,73,73) excluding play-off, St Andrews, 1933    
    
MOST CONSECUTIVE APPEARANCES    
47, Gary Player, 1955-2001    
    
LONGEST COURSES    
Carnoustie, 2007, 7,421 yards    
Carnoustie, 1999, 7,361 yards    
    
COURSE MOST OFTEN USED    
28, St Andrews    
24, Prestwick    
16, Muirfield    
14, Royal St George’s     

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