A timeline of the Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
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Open ChampionshipThe following is a timeline of the Open Championship, dating all the way back to 1860.
1860: Willie Park, Sr. defeats Old Tom Morris to win the first Open Championship at Prestwick.
1862: Old Tom Morris wins his second consecutive Open Championship by a record 13 shots over Willie Park, Sr. This margin of victory would stand as the all time major championship record until Tiger Woods wins the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 shots.
1867: Old Tom Morris sets another record by becoming the championships oldest winner (still to this date) at 46 years, 99 days.
1868: Young Tom Morris becomes the youngest player (still to this date) to win The Open at 17 years, 5 months, 8 days.
1873: Tom Kidd ends Young Tom Morris four-year reign, also becoming the first winner at St. Andrews ' the first time the event was contested outside of Prestwick.
1895: The Open is extended to 72 holes for the very first time as defending champion J.H. Taylor wins at St. Andrews. The 72 holes are played over two days.
1914: Harry Vardon wins his record setting sixth Open Championship by three shots over J.H. Taylor at Prestwick. The record has not yet been matched.
1915-1919: No Open Championship is played due to World War I.
1926: After finishing his third round with a two-stroke lead, Bobby Jones leaves Royal Lytham & St. Annes for lunch. When he returns, he loses his competitors badge and is not allowed to re-enter the course. In order to continue to play, he buys a gallery admission ticket and wins his first Open.
1930: Bobby Jones wins his third and final Open at Royal Liverpool during a year in which he won the Grand Slam of his era- the British Amateur and Open and the U.S. Amateur and Open. He is the last amateur to win The Open.
1940- 1945: No Open Championship is played due to World War II.
1946: Unhappy with the course condition of St. Andrews, Sam Snead wins his first and only Open Championship anyways by four strokes.
1954: Australian Peter Thompson wins his first of three consecutive Opens at Royal Birkdale by tapping in a 10-inch putt for the win with the back of his putter, surprising announcers and the gallery.
1961: Arnold Palmer wins his first of two consecutive Opens with a famous 6-iron shot from behind a bush at the 15th hole of Royal Birkdale. He wins by one stroke.
1970: Hoping to win his first Open, Doug Sanders misses a two-and-a-half foot putt on the final hole to win at St. Andrews. He loses to Nicklaus the next day in a playoff.
1977: In what is now known as the Duel in the Sun, Tom Watson defeats Jack Nicklaus by one stroke in an epic battle by shooting 65 in the last two rounds at Turnberry. Watson finishes 11 shots ahead of third-place finisher Hubert Green.
1986: Greg Norman wins his first major championship with a five stroke victory over Gordon Brand at Turnberry. Norman shoots a major championship record 63 during the second round.
1990: Nick Faldo sets the championships record under par score by finishing the championship at 18 under par. Faldo cruises to a five stroke victory over Payne Stewart and Mark McNulty at St. Andrews.
1995: John Daly reaches his potential with his second major championship victory at St. Andrews. He is not able to hold the claret jug until he beats Italys Constantino Rocca in a four-hole playoff. Rocca holes a 65 foot putt to tie Daly on the 18th hole.
1999: Jean Van de Velde arrives to the final hole of Carnoustie with a three shot lead and needs only a double bogey six to win The Open. However, he has to make a seven-foot putt for a triple bogey seven in order to tie Paul Lawrie and Justin Leonard, after struggling to reach the green in six shots. Lawrie wins the playoff after one of the most shocking finishes in Open Championship history.
2000: Tiger Woods completes the career grand slam at the age of 24 to become only the fifth player in golf history to accomplish the feat. Woods breaks Nick Faldos record under par score at The Open by finishing at 19 under par for an eight shot victory over Ernie Els and Thomas Bjorn at St. Andrews.
2003: One of the most unpredictable Open champions of all time, Ben Curtis defeats Thomas Bjorn and Vijay Singh by one shot and Davis Love III and Tiger Woods by two at Royal St. Georges. Coming into The Open, Curtis is ranked 396th in the world rankings and is playing in only his first major championship. The championship is also remembered for Bjorns mishap at the par-three 16th, after hitting three bunker shots for a double bogey.
2006: Tiger Woods wins an emotional Open Championship by two shots over Chris DiMarco after the death of his father just months earlier. Woods plays precise golf on the links of Royal Liverpool Golf Club, by mostly teeing off with irons.
2007 Last year, Padraig Harrington became the first Irishman to win The Open since Fred Daly in 1947. Harrington defeats Sergio Garcia in a playoff at Carnoustie Golf Links after Garcia misses his par putt in regulation for the outright victory.
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  • Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

    Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

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    Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

    SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

    Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

    ''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

    But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

    In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

    ''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

    The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

    ''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

    NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

    Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

    Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

    Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

    "He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

    The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

    Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

    "I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

    Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

    "From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

    "And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

    "There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."