Harry Vardon (above), famously known as the inventor of the Vardon or overlapping grip — the most commonly used in golf today — holds the record for most British Open wins with six (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914).
The oldest winner of the British Open is “Old” Tom Morris (left), who was 46 when he won in 1867. The youngest was his son, “Young” Tom Morris (right), who was 17 when he won the following year.
Gary Player won the British open in 1959, ’68, and ’74 (above) — making him the only golfer in the 20th century to win the Open in three different decades.
Royal Troon is home to the shortest hole in Open Championship golf. Regarded as one of the top holes in the world, the par-3 8th hole (“Postage Stamp”) measures a scant 123 yards (112 m), but its diminutive green measures a mere 420 square feet (39 m2).
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