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Golf Australia Express : Issue 45—The British Open
BIRTHDAYS The par of the first hole at Royal Lytham & St Annes, making it the only course on the British Open rota to begin with a par-3. It is also the only course to have three par-3s on the front nine. 3 NO.1 Men's World Rankings Women's World Rankings US Money List LPGA Money List LET Money List The number of starts Gary Player has had at the British Open. The South African holds the record of most Open appearances, leading Jack Nicklaus by eight. 46 10 The largest 54-hole deficit to come back and win the British Open was 10 shots. It was recorded in 1999 when Scotland’s Paul Lawrie fired a final round 4-under 67 at Carnoustie to join Justin Leonard and Jean van de Velde in the three-way playoff. 16 The hole at Royal Lytham & St Annes where Seve Ballesteros made a magical birdie during the final round of the 1979 British Open after a wayward tee-shot finished in the car park right of the fairway. He went on to win, becoming the first player from Spain to claim the major. Paul Casey (above) on July 21 Boo Weekly on July 23 1963 The year New Zealand’s Bob Charles became the first left-handed golfer to win the British Open. The Kiwi defeated Phil Rodgers in a playoff at Royal Lytham & St Annes. 9 The number of golfers who’ve won the British Open at their major debut. They were: Willie Park Sr (1860), Tom Kidd (1873), Mungo Park (1874), Jock Hutchison (1921), Denny Shute (1933), Ben Hogan (1953), Tony Lema (1964), Tom Watson (1975) and Ben Curtis (2003). 1867 The year Tom Morris Sr won the British Open to become the event’s oldest winner at 46 years, 99 days. 73 The score posted by Denny Shute in all four rounds at the 1933 British Open. The American went on to defeat Craig Wood in a playoff. The number of times South Africa’s Ernie Els failed to win the British Open despite firing all four rounds under 70. The ‘Big Easy’ was downed by Greg Norman at Royal St George’s in 1993 and was narrowly defeated by Todd Hamilton in a playoff at Royal Troon in 2004. 2 The number of individual winners of the past 15 major championships. Winning multiple majors seems a lot harder these days. 15 The first name engraved on the claret jug—or The Golf Champion Trophy to be correct—was Tom Morris Junior. 1 NUMB3RS