If you want to impress your friends with your Open knowledge, you are reading the perfect article. Here are the most intriguing stats and facts about The 148th Open Championship.
The last 6 Open Championship winners have been shared alternately between America and Europe. With Italy’s Francesco Molinari winning last year, will the sequence continue with an American lifting the iconic Claret Jug this year?
Max Faulkner was awarded £300 for winning The Open Championship in 1951 at Royal Portrush. According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, today’s prices in 2019 are 3,015.06% higher than average prices throughout 1951, meaning Faulknerís prize would have been worth £9,345.18 in 2019.
Harry Vardon holds the record for most Open Championship victories (6) after taking the title in 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, and 1914.
Francesco Molinari became the first Italian to win one of golf’s four Majors after sealing a two shot victory over Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Rory McIlroy and Kevin Kisner at Carnoustie last year.
46 was Tom Morris’ age when he became the oldest man to be crowned Champion Golfer of the Year in 1867. His son, Tom Morris Jr, is the youngest winner of the championship. He was 17 years and 156 days old when he won the 1868 Open Championship.
Rory McIlroy holds the course record at Royal Portrush after he posted a spellbinding 61 around the famed links course when he was just 16 years old. McIlroy’s round consisted of nine birdies and one eagle at the North of Ireland Championship in 2005.
Only two players finished under par the last time the tournament was hosted at Royal Portrush in 1951: Champion Max Faulkner on three-under-par and Antonio Cerda on one-under-par.
47,750 is the number of fans that are expected to descend upon the Co Antrim course each day.