The Open Championship was founded in 1860 by pioneering golfers who had one guiding principle – to crown the Champion Golfer of the Year.
From earlier greats such as Harry Vardon and Bobby Jones to modern legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros to exceptional talents of today such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the greatest players in the world have faced the unrelenting challenge of The Open.
For 155 years now, The Open has been played over some of the world’s most cherished links courses and has produced a remarkable legacy of great champions. It is the oldest and most international championship in professional golf, and the Claret Jug – first presented in 1873 – is one of the most iconic trophies in all of sport.
No doubt, The Open has a remarkable legacy of inspiring Champions. But what does it mean to be Champion Golfer of the Year?
Portions of this post courtesy of theopen.com.