Open Records

OLDEST WINNER

'Old' Tom Morris, 1867, 46 years 99 days

YOUNGEST WINNER

'Young' Tom Morris, 1868, 17 years 5 months 8 days

CHAMPIONS IN THREE DECADES

Harry Vardon, 1896, 1903, 1911

J H Taylor, 1894, 1900, 1913

Gary Player, 1959, 1968, 1974

VICTORIES BY AMATEURS

3: Bobby Jones 1926, '27, '30

2: Harold Hilton, 1892, '97

1: John Ball, 1890

Roger Wethered lost 1921 play-off

MOST VICTORIES

6: Harry Vardon, 1896, '98, '99, 1903, '11, '14

5: James Braid, 1901, '05, '06, '08, '10

J H Taylor, 1894, '95, 1900, '09, '13

Peter Thomson, 1954, '55, '56, '58, '65

Tom Watson, 1975, '77, '80, '82, '83

MOST TIMES RUNNER-UP

7: Jack Nicklaus, 1964, '67, '68, '72, '76, '77, '79

6: J H Taylor, 1896, 1904, '05, '06, '07, '14

BIGGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY

13 strokes: 'Old' Tom Morris, 1862

12: 'Young' Tom Morris, 1870

8: J H Taylor, 1900 and 1913; James Braid, 1908

6: Bobby Jones, 1927; Walter Hagen, 1929; Arnold Palmer, 1962; 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)

(69, 66, 67, 66): Nick Price (Turnberry, 1994)

LOWEST AGGREGATE BY AN AMATEUR

281 (68, 72, 70, 71): Iain Pyman (Royal St George's, 1993)

(75, 66, 70, 70): Tiger Woods (Royal Lytham, 1996)

LOWEST INDIVIDUAL ROUND

63: Mark Hayes, second round (Turnberry, 1977);

Isao Aoki, third round (Muirfield, 1980);

Greg Norman, second round (Turnberry, 1986);

Paul Broadhurst, third round (St Andrews, 1990);

Jodie Mudd, fouth round (Royal Birkdale, 1991);

Nick Faldo, second round and Payne Stewart, fourth round (Royal St George's, 1993)

LOWEST INDIVIDUAL ROUND BY AN AMATEUR

66: Frank Stranahan, fourth round (Troon, 1950;

Tiger Woods, second round, (Royal Lytham, 1996);

Justin Rose, second round (Birkdale, 1998)

LOWEST FIRST ROUND

64: Craig Stadler (Royal Birkdale, 1983);

Christy O'Connor Jnr (Royal St George's, 1985);

Rodger Davis (Muirfield, 1987);

Raymond Floyd and Steve Pate (Muirfield, 1992)

LOWEST SECOND ROUND

63: Mark Hayes (Turnberry, 1977);

Greg Norman (Turnberry, 1986);

Nick Faldo (Royal St George's, 1996)

LOWEST THIRD ROUND

63: Isao Aoki (Muirfield, 1980);

Paul Broadhurst (St Andrews, 1990)

LOWEST FOURTH ROUND

63: Jodie Mudd (Royal Birkdale, 1991);

Payne Stewart (Royal St George's, 1993)

BIGGEST SPAN BETWEEN FIRST AND LAST VICTORIES

19 years: J H Taylor, 1894-1913

18: Harry Vardon, 1896-1914

15: Gary Player, 1959-74

HIGHEST NUMBER OF TOP FIVE FINISHES

16: J H Taylor, Jack Nicklaus

15: Harry Vardon, James Braid

HIGHEST NUMBER OF ROUNDS UNDER 70

33: Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo

27: Tom Watson

SUCCESSIVE VICTORIES

4: 'Young' Tom Morris, 1868-72 (no championship in 1871)

3: Jamie Anderson, 1877-79; Bob Ferguson, 1880-82; Peter Thomson, 1954-56

2: 'Old' Tom Morris, 1861-62; J H Taylor, 1894-95; Harry Vardon, 1998-99; James Braid, 1905-06; Bobby Jones, 1926-27; Walter Hagen, 1928-29; Bobby Locke, 1949-50; Arnold Palmer, 1961-62; Lee Trevino, 1971-72; Tom Watson, 1982-83.

OUTRIGHT LEADER AFTER EVERY ROUND

Ted Ray, 1912; Bobby Jones, 1927; Gene Sarazen, 1932; Henry Cotton, 1934; Tom Weiskopf, 1973

RECORD LEADS (SINCE 1892)

After 18 holes:

4 strokes: James Braid, 1908; Bobby Jones, 1927; Henry Cotton, 1934; Christy O'Connor Jnr, 1985

After 36 holes:

9: Henry Cotton, 1934

After 54 holes:

10: Henry Cotton, 1934

7: Tony Lema, 1964

6: James Braid, 1908, Tom Lehman, 1996

CHAMPIONS WITH EACH ROUND LOWER THAN PREVIOUS ONE

Jack White 80, 75, 72, 69

(1904, Sandwich)

James Braid 77, 76, 74, 73

(Muirfield, 1906)

Ben Hogan 73, 71, 70, 68

(Carnoustie, 1953)

Gary Player 75, 71, 70, 68

(Muirfield, 1959)

BIGGEST VARIATION BETWEEN ROUNDS OF A CHAMPION

14 strokes: Henry Cotton, 1934, second round 65, fourth round, 79

11: Jack White, 1904, first round 80, fourth round 69; Greg Norman, 1986, first round 74, second round 63, third round 74

LONGEST COURSE

Carnoustie, 1968 - 7252 yd (6631m)

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