By Elliott Heath published
The Open Championship Royal Troon Previous Winners to date includes six Americans in a row, will another American win this year?
Open Championship Royal Troon Previous Winners
A list of the past eight Open champions at Royal Troon.
1923 - Arthur Havers - 295
Arthur Havers won by a stroke from defending champion Walter Hagen after rounds of 73-73-73-76. He holed a bunker shot on the final hole and won £75.
1950 - Bobby Locke 279 (-1)
The South African won his second of his four Open Championships at Troon in 1950 by two strokes over Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina. 279 was a new record, beating the previous best 283. Locke won £300.
1962 - Arnold Palmer - 276 (-12)
The King won the Open for the second year in a row by six shots from Australia's Kel Nagle who was the only other man under par. It was Palmer's sixth major out of seven. His score of 276 was a new record, beating the previous best score of 278.
1973 - Tom Weiskopf - 276 (-12)
Weiskopf went wire-to-wire to win his only major championship at Troon in 1973, just months after the death of his father. The long-hitting American, who was nicknamed 'Towering Inferno' for his height and occasional bad temper, matched Arnold Palmer's Open record of 276.
1982 - Tom Watson - 284 (-4)
Watson won his fourth of five Open Championships at Troon in 82 for his second-straight major after winning the US Open at Pebble Beach. He beat Peter Oosterhuis and Nick Price by a single stroke.
1989 - Mark Calcavecchia - 275 (-13) play-off
The Calc beat the Aussie pair of Greg Norman and Wayne Grady in the first ever four-hole aggregate play-off. Norman shot a course-record 64. The Great White Shark was tied with Calcavecchia coming down the final play-off hole but found two bunkers and then went out of bounds to hand the American the title.
1997 - Justin Leonard - 272 (-12)
The American won by three strokes from Jesper Parnevik and Darren Clarke after a stunning final day 65 (-6) to win his first and only major championship.
2004 - Todd Hamilton
The relatively unknown Todd Hamilton became the sixth straight American to win at Troon by beating Ernie Els in a four hole play-off. The hybrid chip/bump and run was essentially born from Hamilton's use of his Sonartec which he seemingly hit to tap-in range every time he missed a green.
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.
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