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British Open: Who has won the Claret Jug the most times in the last 150 years?

The British Open is the oldest golf tournament in the world and one of the sport’s most prestigious. Here are the most frequent winners of its Claret Jug.

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The British Open is the oldest golf tournament in the world and one of the sport’s most prestigious. Here are the most frequent winners of its Claret Jug.
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The British Open is the oldest golf tournament in the world, with the first one staged in 1860. It has since become one of the most prestigious competitions, its Claret Jug a coveted prize for all golfers. The winners of the Open Championship in its early years however were not awarded this trophy.

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When the contest was founded In 1860, the champion was given a Challenge Belt made of red leather with a silver buckle, and only those that won it three times in succession would be allowed to keep it. In 1872, the organizers of the tournament decided to change the prize to a silver claret jug, to be officially called the Gold Champion Trophy.

From a field of eight participants in 1860, there are now 156 players from all over the globe who are fighting it out at the 2022 British Open being held at the St. Andrews Old Course.

Here are some of the golfers who have met with the most success at this competition.

Henry Vardon

Henry Vardon was born in Jersey to a family of modest means, and his early interest in the sport was not supported by his father. He moved to England to pursue a career in golf, and started as a greenskeeper to be able to work on his ambitions. He eventually became a club professional, and in 1896 he won the first of what would be six Claret Jugs. This tally still stands as the biggest number of Open Championships won.

Tom Watson

American player Tom Watson is a decorated golfer who made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s. His dominance during this period is made apparent by the five Claret Jugs he won between 1975 and 1983. He also won the Masters in 1977 and 1981, and the US Open in 1982.

Peter Thomson

Australian Peter Thomson is tied with Watson at five Open Championship titles. He holds the distinction of being the only player in the modern era to have won a major for three consecutive years, which he did in 1954,1955, and 1956. He won the other two Claret Jugs in 1958 and 1965.

John Henry Taylor

John Henry Taylor was an English golfer who is considered one of the pioneers of the modern version of the game. He has also won the trophy five times, the victories taking place from 1894 to 1913. Aside from being an excellent player, Taylor was also involved in designing golf courses all over his country.

James Braid

James Braid of Scotland was part of what was known as the “Great Triumvirate” of the sport in its early years. The other two were Vardon and Taylor. Braid likewise won the British Open Championship five times, and has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He embarked on what would become a very successful career in golf course design.

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