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No one was more disappointed about the 2009 Open Championship's finish than Tom Watson. But the grace with which he coped with his gut-wrenching defeat spoke volumes about the champion he is. The scene was somewhat reminiscent of the 1996 Masters after Greg Norman had thrown away a six-stroke lead and lost to Nick Faldo. The Shark waited for the press room to fill, then looked out at the media and started by simply saying, "I played like (crap), guys." In each instance two great players who were hurting inside played off their disappointment with disarming openness. The grace with which they handled the aftermath of a day filled with such genuine emotion spoke volumes about the champion status they both share.
A few other notable British Open accomplishments include Harry Vardon's record six victories (1896, 1898-99, 1903, 1911, 1914), while coincidentally, the oldest and youngest Open Championship winners happen to be a father and son! The oldest winner, at the age of 46 years and 99 days, was Tom Morris, Sr. (known as "Old Tom Morris") in 1867, while the youngest was Tom Morris, Jr. (referred to as "Young Tom Morris") in 1868 at the age of 17 years and 181 days old. All three – Vardon, Old Tom, Young Tom - are also included on the list of sixteen players which have won The Open in consecutive years.
With all of the history which stems from this great tournament which takes place deep in the heart of this great game's beginnings, is there really a need to say anymore? Make your plans and get your British Open tickets right away so you can experience all of the pomp and circumstance firsthand at the Old Course of St. Andrews Links in St. Andrews, Scotland on July 15-18, 2010.
The British Open Championship, referred to simply as the Open Championship or The Open within the United Kingdom, is the oldest of the four Major Championships in professional golf. The inaugural Open Championship was played on October 17, 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club, in Ayrshire, Scotland and allowed only professionals tp play through. The tourney attracted a field of eight Scottish golfers who played three rounds of Prestwick's twelve-hole course in a single day. Willie Park, Sr. won with a score of 174, beating the favorite, Tom Morris, Sr., by two strokes. The following year The Open was opened to amateurs, eight of which joined the ten professionals in the field.
The British Open Championship is the only one of the Majors be held outside the United States and is administered by the R&A, the governing body of golf outside the United States and Mexico, The Open is played on the weekend of the third Friday in July and is the third Major to take place each year, following The Masters and the U.S. Open but taking place before the PGA Championship.
The event takes place each season on one of nine historic links courses in Scotland or England. The event has even been held once in Northern Ireland, but Royal Portrush is no longer in the venue rotation. In 2009 the Open prize fund was £4.2 million, with £750,000 going to the winner. Historically the British Open's prize money was consistently the lowest of the four Majors, but from 2002 to 2008 it was the highest. Unique amongst the four Major Championships, the Open features a four-hole playoff for all golfers tied at the end of regulation, with the playoff moving to sudden death holes if the remaining contestants are still tied after four holes.
In 2009 Stewart Cink made a 12-foot birdie on the final hole of regulation, taking advantage of Tom Watson's missteps and overwhelming him in the four-hole playoff at Turnberry to win his first Major title by six shots. The 59-year-old Watson turned in one of the most remarkable performances ever seen at The Open. Leading the tournament through 71 holes and needing just a par on the last hole to win, Watson bogeyed, setting up a four-hole playoff that he would lose to Stewart Cink.