Open Championship Previous Winners Gallery

The Champion Golfers of the Year since 2000

The Open Championship previous winners since 2000

Open Championship Previous Winners

This year, Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland hosts the 145th playing of the Open Championship.

2015 - St. Andrews - Zach Johnson 273 (-15) play-off

Johnson claimed his second major with a play-off victory over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman
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2015 - St. Andrews - Zach Johnson 273 (-15) play-off

Johnson claimed his second major with a play-off victory over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman

2014 - Royal Liverpool - Rory McIlroy 271 (-17)

McIlroy went wire-to-wire to win his third major by beating Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two shots
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2014 - Royal Liverpool - Rory McIlroy 271 (-17)

McIlroy went wire-to-wire to win his third major by beating Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two shots

2013 - Muirfield - Phil Mickelson 281 (-3)

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2013 - Muirfield - Phil Mickelson 281 (-3)

2012 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes - Ernie Els 273 (-7)

Ernie birdied the 72nd hole for a round of 68 to beat Adam Scott by a stroke after the Aussie bogeyed the final four holes
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2012 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes - Ernie Els 273 (-7)

Ernie birdied the 72nd hole for a round of 68 to beat Adam Scott by a stroke after the Aussie bogeyed the final four holes

2011 - Royal St. George's - Darren Clarke 275 (-5)

Darren won his first and only major by three strokes from Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. Many remember Clarke's eagle 3 at the 7th to set him on his way.
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2011 - Royal St. George's - Darren Clarke 275 (-5)

Darren won his first and only major by three strokes from Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. Many remember Clarke's eagle 3 at the 7th to set him on his way.

2010 - St. Andrews - Louis Oosthuizen 272 (-16)

The South African dominated at the Home of Golf to win his first major by seven shots over Lee Westwood in second
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2010 - St. Andrews - Louis Oosthuizen 272 (-16)

The South African dominated at the Home of Golf to win his first major by seven shots over Lee Westwood in second

2009 - Turnberry - Stewart Cink 278 (-2) play-off

The American beat Tom Watson in a play-off after the 59-year-old and 5-time Open Champion bogeyed the 72nd hole.
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2009 - Turnberry - Stewart Cink 278 (-2) play-off

The American beat Tom Watson in a play-off after the 59-year-old and 5-time Open Champion bogeyed the 72nd hole.

2008 - Royal Birkdale - Padraig Harrington 283 (+3)

Padraig defended his Claret Jug by four shots over Ian Poulter after a stunning 4-under-par back nine that included an eagle 3 at the 17th
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2008 - Royal Birkdale - Padraig Harrington 283 (+3)

Padraig defended his Claret Jug by four shots over Ian Poulter after a stunning 4-under-par back nine that included an eagle 3 at the 17th

2007 - Carnoustie - Padraig Harrington 277 (-7) play-off

The Irishman defeated Sergio Garcia in a play-off after the Spaniard missed a ten footer for the title on the 72nd. Rory McIlroy claimed the silver medal.
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2007 - Carnoustie - Padraig Harrington 277 (-7) play-off

The Irishman defeated Sergio Garcia in a play-off after the Spaniard missed a ten footer for the title on the 72nd. Rory McIlroy claimed the silver medal.

2006 - Royal Liverpool - Tiger Woods 270 (-18)

Woods won his first major since his father's passing by defending the Claret Jug by two strokes from Chris DiMarco. Tiger hit 86% of fairways, mostly with a 2-iron
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2006 - Royal Liverpool - Tiger Woods 270 (-18)

Woods won his first major since his father's passing by defending the Claret Jug by two strokes from Chris DiMarco. Tiger hit 86% of fairways, mostly with a 2-iron

2005 - St. Andrews - Tiger Woods 274 (-14)

The world number one went wire-to-wire to complete his second career grand slam by beating Colin Montgomerie by five

2005 - St. Andrews - Tiger Woods 274 (-14)

The world number one went wire-to-wire to complete his second career grand slam by beating Colin Montgomerie by five

2004 - Royal Troon - Todd Hamilton 274 (-10) play-off

The birth of the hybrid chip, Hamilton used his Sonartec hybrid to fantastic use. He became the sixth American in a row to win at Troon by beating Ernie Els in a play-off
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2004 - Royal Troon - Todd Hamilton 274 (-10) play-off

The birth of the hybrid chip, Hamilton used his Sonartec hybrid to fantastic use. He became the sixth American in a row to win at Troon by beating Ernie Els in a play-off

2003 - Royal St. George's - Ben Curtis 283 (-1)

Curtis took the Claret Jug on his major debut after leader Thomas Bjorn took three out the greenside bunker at 16

2003 - Royal St. George's - Ben Curtis 283 (-1)

Curtis took the Claret Jug on his major debut after leader Thomas Bjorn took three out the greenside bunker at 16

2002 - Muirfield - Ernie Els 278 (-6)

The Big Easy beat Thomas Levet in a sudden-death play-off after Steve Elkington and Stuart Appleby were eliminated in the four-hole aggregate play-off
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2002 - Muirfield - Ernie Els 278 (-6)

The Big Easy beat Thomas Levet in a sudden-death play-off after Steve Elkington and Stuart Appleby were eliminated in the four-hole aggregate play-off

2001 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes - David Duval 274 (-10)

Duval won his first and only major championship by three strokes from Sweden's Niclas Fasth

2001 - Royal Lytham & St. Annes - David Duval 274 (-10)

Duval won his first and only major championship by three strokes from Sweden's Niclas Fasth

2000 - St. Andrews - Tiger Woods 269 (-19)

Woods won by eight shots from Thomas Bjorn and Ernie Els to complete the career grand slam at the age of 24. 19-under-par was the lowest ever score in a major until Jason Day won the USPGA last year at 20-under-par

2000 - St. Andrews - Tiger Woods 269 (-19)

Woods won by eight shots from Thomas Bjorn and Ernie Els to complete the career grand slam at the age of 24. 19-under-par was the lowest ever score in a major until Jason Day won the USPGA last year at 20-under-par

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x