10 July 2009

    Top ten Open champions

    1. Harry Vardon

    Younger Golf fans may not know the name but you should - he won six Opens, more than any other. A record that I doubt will be broken for a very long time.

    2. Tom Watson

    Waton won five Claret Jugs on five different links golf courses. A fabulous player, his highlight being the "duel in the sun" victory at Turnberry in 1977. It lives long in the memory as the sun hasn't been spotted in the region since.

    3. Peter Thomson

    Thomson won five Opens and richly deserves his spot at number three. The victories came in just a twelve year span too.

    4. James Braid

    Braid won five Opens from 1901-1910 and retired in 1912. Some record!

    5. Young Tom Morris

    Admittedly Young Tom did compete in a different era with less competition but he still won the title four times and also holds the record for youngest winner - 17 years and 181 days.

    6. Old Tom Morris

    Old Tom also won four titles and holds the record for oldest winner - 46 years and 99 days.

    7. Jack Nicklaus

    The greatest golfer of them all surprisingly only notched 3 Opens in his 18 major haul. Jack always gave it his best and was unlucky not to add more titles.

    8.Tiger Woods

    The man who would be king has three titles - so far. Who'd bet against Woods adding more before his career is over? Not me.

    9. Seve Ballesteros

    The charismatic champion won three Claret Jugs and his extraordinary recovery game earned him the nickname of "car park champion" in 1979.

    10. Nick Faldo

    Faldo won three Opens and put Britain back on the golfing map. The abrasive Englishman has more under-par rounds at the Open than anyone else.

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