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FOCUS ON GOLF: British Open

British Open Records

July 16, 1998

* Oldest winner--Old Tom Morris (46 years, 99 days), 1867.

* Youngest winner--Young Morris Jr. (17 years, 5 months, 8 days), 1868.

* Amateur champions--John Ball, 1890; Harold Hilton, 1892, 1897; Bobby Jones, 1926, 1927, 1930.

* Low 72 holes, amateur--281, Iain Pyman, 1993; Tiger Woods, 1996.

* Most victories--6, Harry Vardon, (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914).

* Consecutive victories--4, Young Tom Morris (1868-1872, not held in 1871).

* Most runner-up or joint runner-up finishes--7, Jack Nicklaus.

* Most top-five finishes--16, J.H. Taylor, Jack Nicklaus.

* Low 72 holes--267, Greg Norman (66-68-69-64), 1993.

* Low 72 holes (non-winner)--269, Jack Nicklaus, 1977; Nick Faldo, 1993; Jesper Parnevik, 1994.

* Low first 54 holes--198, Tom Lehman (67-67-64), 1996.

* Low first 36 holes--130, Nick Faldo (66-64), 1992.

* Low score, first round--64, Craig Stadler, 1983; Christy O'Connor Jr., 1985; Rodger Davis, 1987; Raymond Floyd, 1992; Steve Pate, 1992.

* Low score, second round--63, Mark Hayes, 1977; Greg Norman, 1986; Nick Faldo, 1993.

* Low score, third round--63, Isao Aoki, 1980; Paul Broadhurst, 1990.

* Low score, fourth round--63, Jodie Mudd, 1991; Payne Stewart, 1993.

* Low score, nine holes--28, Denis Durnian (first nine), 1993.

* Highest winning score--326, J.H. Taylor, 1894.

* Biggest margin of victory--13 strokes, Old Tom Morris, 1862.

* Champions in three decades--Harry Vardon, 1896, 1903, 1911; J.H. Taylor, 1894, 1900, 1913; Gary Player, 1959, 1968, 1974.

* Biggest span between first and last victories--19 years, J.H. Taylor, 1894-1913.

* Outright leader after every round--Willie Auchterlonie, 1893; J.H. Taylor, 1894 and 1900; James Braid, 1908; Ted Ray, 1912; Bobby Jones, 1927; Gene Sarazen, 1932; Henry Cotton, 1934; Tom Weiskopf, 1973.

* Champions with each round lower than previous one--Jack White (80-75-72-69), 1904; James Braid (77-76-74-73), 1906; Ben Hogan (73-71-70-68), 1953; Gary Player (75-71-70-68), 1959

* Champion with four rounds the same--Denny Shute (73-73-73-73), 1933.

* Best comeback by champions--after 18 holes: Harry Vardon, 1896, 11 strokes behind; after 36 holes: George Duncan, 1920, 13 strokes behind; after 54 holes: Jim Barnes, 1925; Justin Leonard, 1997, 5 strokes behind.

* Champions with four rounds under 70--Greg Norman (66-68-69-64), 1993; Nick Price (69-66-67-66), 1994.

* Non-champions with four rounds under 70--Ernie Els (68-69-69-68), 1993; Jesper Parnevik (68-66-68-67), 1994.

* Best finishing round by a champion--64, Greg Norman, 1993.

* Worst finishing round by a champion (since 1920)--79, Henry Cotton, 1934.

* Best opening round by a champion--66, by seven players.

* Worst opening round by a champion (since 1919)--80, George Duncan, 1920.

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