The British Open golf tournament – also known as The Open Championship – is the third of the four major men’s golf championships running in July each year across the UK.
It is the first of the golf majors contested outside of America following the US Masters Tournament and the US Open of golf earlier in the year, and is succeeded by the PGA Championship in August back in the USA.
Past Champions of the British Open
Below is a table of the past winners of The Open dating back to the year 2000 to current. The USA’s Jordan Spieth is the current champion as he broke record for the youngest player ever to win 3 majors.
|Year||Country||Champion||Course||Location||Total score||To par[b]|
|2000||United States||Tiger Woods||St Andrews||St Andrews, Scotland||269||−19|
|2001||United States||David Duval||Royal Lytham & St Annes||Lytham St Annes, England||274||−10|
|2002||South Africa||Ernie Els Tournament won in a playoff[y]||Muirfield||Gullane, Scotland||278||−6|
|2003||United States||Ben Curtis||Royal St George’s||Sandwich, England||283||−1|
|2004||United States||Todd Hamilton Tournament won in a playoff[z]||Royal Troon||Troon, Scotland||274||−10|
|2005||United States||Tiger Woods||St Andrews||St Andrews, Scotland||274||−14|
|2006||United States||Tiger Woods||Royal Liverpool||Hoylake, England||270||−18|
|2007||Ireland||Pádraig Harrington Tournament won in a playoff[aa]||Carnoustie||Carnoustie, Scotland||277||−7|
|2008||Ireland||Pádraig Harrington||Royal Birkdale||Southport, England||283||+3|
|2009||United States||Stewart Cink Tournament won in a playoff[bb]||Turnberry||South Ayrshire, Scotland||278||−2|
|2010||South Africa||Louis Oosthuizen||St Andrews||St Andrews, Scotland||272||−16|
|2011||Northern Ireland||Darren Clarke||Royal St George’s||Sandwich, England||275||−5|
|2012||South Africa||Ernie Els||Royal Lytham & St Annes||Lytham St Annes, England||273||−7|
|2013||United States||Phil Mickelson||Muirfield||Gullane, Scotland||281||−3|
|2014||Northern Ireland||Rory McIlroy||Royal Liverpool||Hoylake, England||271||−17|
|2015||United States||Zach Johnson Tournament won in a playoff[cc]||St Andrews||St Andrews, Scotland||273||−15|
|2016||Sweden||Henrik Stenson||Royal Troon||Troon, Scotland||264||−20|
|2017||United States||Jordan Spieth||Royal Birkdale||Southport, England||268||−12|