His death was announced Monday by the European PGA Tour.
By capturing the Open at Royal Portrush, Faulkner broke the winning streak of South Africa's Bobby Locke at golf's oldest major. Locke regained the title in 1952, his third in four years.
After Faulkner's Open victory, no other Briton won the claret jug until Tony Jacklin 18 years later.
Faulkner played in five Ryder Cups but won only one point in a foursome in 1949.
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