10 Greatest British Open Moments


The British Open is the oldest of the four Golf majors and it should come as no surprise that there has been a host of memorable moments since the tournament was held for the first time way back in 1860.

No Australian has won the British Open since Greg Norman triumphed in 1993, but it has generally been a happy hunting ground for Australians as well as some of the greatest golfers in history.

We have gone through the history of the British Open and below you can find ten of the greatest British Open moments!

1972 British Open – Lee Trevino’s Miracle Chip

Younger golf fans know Lee Trevino from his appearances in Happy Gilmore, but he is one of the greatest and most popular golfers in history.

One of Trevino’s crowning moments came at the 1972 British Open when he became the first player to successfully defend the title since Arnold Palmer in 1962.

Trevino’s chipping was nothing short of outstanding throughout the tournament and an outstanding chip from the rough on the 17th hole of the final round gave him a one stroke victory over the great Jack Nicklaus.

1977 British Open – The Duel In The Sun

Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus are two of the greatest golfers in history and their memorable battle at the 1977 British Open has been dubbed ‘The Duel In The Sun’.

Nicklaus and Watson went into the third round tied for second and over the next two days they both playing simply outstanding golf.

Both shot a 65 for their third round and Watson picked-up seven birdies in the final round to record a one-stroke lead over his great rival, who was ten shots clear of Hubert Green in third.

1986 British Open – Norman Claims A Maiden Major

Greg Norman went into the 1986 British Open under plenty of pressure following his meltdown in the final round of the 1986 US Open.

Norman had a narrow lead going into the final round and was surely haunted by  his demons from the US Open, but he showed plenty of composure to shoot 68 in the final round and cruise to a maiden major title.

Unfortunately, Norman’s demons would emerge once again at a number of other majors later in his career and he finished with just two major titles.

1987 British Open – Faldo Pars His Way To Victory

The final round of the 1987 British Open have to be right up there with the most bizarre in majors history.

Nick Faldo did not make a single birdie in his final round, but he didn’t bogey any holes either and a complete round of 18 pars was enough to see him claim a maiden British Open title.

1995 British Open – Daly Beats Rocca In Playoff

I doubt that there has ever been a time when two bigger characters have fought out the final round of a major.

John Daly completed his round and was a shot clear of Costantino Rocca and he looked as though he had the title won when Rocca left himself an extremely long birdie putt from the area of the green known as the Valley Of Sin.

Rocca somehow managed to nail this 65-foot uphill putt, but Daly was able to regain his composure and he comfortably won a Playoff to win his second major.

1999 British Open – Jean van de Velde’s 18th Hole Meltdown

Jean van de Velde’s meltdown at the 1999 British Open is known as either the biggest choke or one of the most heartbreaking moments in golf history, depending on who you talk too.

Van de Velde had played outstanding golf throughout the tournament and he went into the find hole with what looked to be an insurmountable three-stroke lead.

This wasn’t the case.

The Frenchmen absolutely massacred the final hole and memorably removed his shoes and socks in an attempt to play his ball out of water.

He ended up shooting a triple bogey and lost the tournament to Paul Lawrie in a three-way playoff.

Organisers were so confident that Van de Velde had the tournament won that his name had alreadu been engraved on the Claret Jug!

2000 British Open – Tiger Dominates

Watching Tiger Woods at his peak was an absolute joy to behold and he was able to complete the career Grand Slam with his win at the 2000 British Open.

Wood shot 19 under par to win the tournament by eight strokes and he held the record for the lowest score recorded at a major until 2015 when Jason Day broke said record at the PGA Championships.

2006 British Open – Tiger’s Emotional Win

Woods’ win at the 2006 British Open was not as dominant, but it was far more emotional.

Tiger’s father Earl Wood had passed away in May and Tiger’s 2006 British Open win was his first major tournament win since.

After securing the title, an overwhelmed Woods sobbed uncontrollably as he was consoled by long-time caddie Steve Williams.

2007 British Open – Garcia Chokes, Harrington Thrives

Sergio Garcia is now a major winner after taking out The Masters in 2017, but a major looked as though it would never come following his choke at the 2007 British Open.

Garcia went into the final round with a lead of three strokes and a six stroke lead over Padraig Harrington, but the Spaniard struggled throughout the round and hit five bogeys.

Harrington himself choked in the final round and Garcia was able to force a playoff, but Garcia bogeyed the first hole and was never able to get back into the contest.

2016 British Open – Stenson Outlasts Mickleson

It will be very tough for the 2017 British Open to match the final round of the 2016 British Open.

Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson went into the final round with a clear lead over the rest of the field and they continued to extend that lead during a memorable final round.

Mickelson shot a final round 65 – which included an eagle, four birdies and no bogeys – but it was not enough as Stenson shot an incredible 63 with ten birdies to claim a maiden major.

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