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1923 AG Havers
1950 AD Locke
1962 AD Palmer
1973 TD Weiskopf
1982 TS Watson
1989 MJ Calcavecchia
1997 JCG Leonard
2004 T Hamilton


Open Championship

A True Test of the Best Professional and Amateur Golfers in the World.

For the first sixty years of The Open's history, the Championship's visits to southwest Scotland were confined to Prestwick, Troon's next-door neighbour. In 1923, all that changed: The Open came to Troon for the first time, and since then it has become a regular venue having hosted the Championship on eight occasions.

The course, which took its current form in 1888, is designed in the traditional out-and-back manner of the Old Course at St Andrews. A gentle opening few holes and relatively straightforward closing stretch are the bookends for a series of holes which weave up, round and through some of the most striking links land to be found at any of the host venues. This character makes the strength and direction of the wind even more important than is usual on a links course: if the wind is against the players on the back nine, it's as tough a finish as can be found anywhere.

Given the nature of the course, Troon has tended to favour champions who stay patient and concentrate on playing their own game rather than trying to overpower the course. Palmer in 1962 and Weiskopf in 1973 both won at the venue by tempering their natural aggressiveness; Greg Norman lost a play-off to Mark Calcavecchia in 1989 after his power ran him into trouble on the 18th; and Todd Hamilton in 2004 was a model of the calm, measured golfer.

Previous Opens

The British Open Championship has been played at Royal Troon on eight occasions.

Arthur Havers won in 1923 and he was followed by golfing greats Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, Tom Watson, Mark Calcavecchia, Justin Leonard and Todd Hamilton.

1923 Havers Birdies the last to beat Hagen.

There was controversy even before competitive play started in the 1923 Open, the first to be played at Troon. During practice rounds it was found that the iron clubs of Gene Sarazen and many players from the United States had holes punched deep into the faces, creating massive backspin... Read more about this Open and view video

Troon 1923 Results

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1 Arthur HAVERS ENG 73 73 73 76 295
2 Walter HAGEN USA 76 71 74 75 296
3 Macdonald SMITH USA 80 73 69 75 297

 

 

1950 Bobby Locke defends his title.

Despite the undoubted success of the first Open played at Troon in 1923 there was a long gap of 27 years before the Championship once again descended on Scotland's west coast. In the post-war period few Americans were attracted to The Open and only Johnny Bulla and leading amateur... Read more about this Open and view video

Troon 1950 Results

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1 Bobby LOCKE RSA 69 72 70 68 279
2 Roberto DE VICENZO ARG 72 71 68 70 281
3 Dai REES GBR 71 68 72 71 282
3 Fred DALY NIR 75 72 69 66 282

 

 

1962 Palmer's victory signals a new era.

The 1962 Open at Troon brought about a massive change in the way the Championship was organised. Public interest in the game had been re-awakened by Arnold Palmer's victory at Birkdale the year before and the manner of his successful defence brought spectators flooding to the... Read more about this Open and view video

Troon 1962 Results

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1 Arnold PALMER USA 71 69 67 69 276
2 Kel NAGLE AUS 71 71 70 70 282
3 Brian HUGGETT GBR 75 71 74 69 289
3 Phil RODGERS USA 75 70 72 72 289

 

 

1973 Weiskopf's slow-motion triumph.

When Tom Weiskopf arrived at Troon for the 1973 Open he possessed one of the game's most elegant and powerful swings, a reputation as the finest golfer not to win a major - and an explosive temperament with a short fuse. After opening rounds of 68 and 67 he stayed clear of the field... Read more about this Open and view video

Troon 1973 Results

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1 Tom WEISKOPF USA 68 67 71 70 276
2 Johnny MILLER USA 70 68 69 72 279
2 Neil COLES ENG 71 72 70 66 279
4 Jack NICKLAUS USA 69 70 76 65 280

 

 

1982 Workman-like Watson claims his fourth.

It was not one of his great victories, not in the same league as the head-to-head battle with Jack Nicklaus at Turnberry in 1977 or the play-off duel against Jack Newton two years earlier, but Tom Watson put in a solid, grinding performance for his fourth Open victory... Read more about this Open and view video

Troon 1982 Results

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1 Tom WATSON USA 69 71 74 70 284
2 Nick PRICE ZIM 69 69 74 73 285
2 Peter OOSTERHUIS GBR 74 67 74 70 285

 

 

1989 Calcavecchia secures play-off victory.

In order to avoid the run-over of the Championship into an extra day in the event of a tie, The R&A introduced a shortened play-off over four holes which was first put into effect in the 1989 Open at Troon. At the start of the final round it looked unlikely that Greg No... Read more about this Open and view video

Troon 1989 Results

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1 Mark CALCAVECCHIA USA 71 68 68 68 275
2 Wayne GRADY AUS 68 67 69 71 275
2 Greg NORMAN AUS 69 70 72 64 275

 

 

1997 Leonard putts his way to the title.

While half-way leaders Darren Clarke and Justin Leonard found the course more difficult in the third round of the 1997 Open at Troon, Sweden's Jesper Parnevik came in with a 66 to turn a three-shot deficit to Clarke into a two-shot lead, with Leonard a further three shots behind... Read more about this Open and view video

Troon 1997 Results

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1 Justin LEONARD USA 69 66 72 65 272
2 Jesper PARNEVIK SWE 70 66 66 73 275
2 Darren CLARKE NIR 67 66 71 71 275

 

 

2004 Open won in dramatic four-hole play-off.

The 2004 Open Championship was played at Royal Troon. Paul Casey and Frenchman Thomas Levet set the pace on the first day with rounds of 66. The 2002 Open Champion Ernie Els carded a 69, whilst US Masters Champion Phil Mickelson had a disappointing round of 73. Unknown.. Read more about this Open and view video

Troon 2004 Results

1 Todd HAMILTON USA 71 67 67 69 274
2 Ernie ELS RSA 69 69 68 68 274
3 Phil MICKELSON USA 73 66 68 68 275

 

Troon at a Glance

Course Length (2004 Open)
7, 175 Yards, PAR 71

Great Moment
Gene Sarazen holing-in-one at the famous 8th hole, the ‘Postage Stamp’, in 1973 at the age of 71. It made up for Sarazen’s disappointment at the same venue some 50 years earlier, when he came over from the USA but failed to qualify after enduring high winds in qualifying.

 

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