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BRITISH OPEN

The Top 5

July 19, 2001|Thomas Bonk

The Top 5 British Opens in modern history:

1. 1953, Ben Hogan wins at Carnoustie--the only time he ever played the Open Championship.

2. 1977, Tom Watson wins at Turnberry, out-dueling Jack Nicklaus in a symbolic passing of the torch between eras.

3. 1926, Bobby Jones wins at Lytham. His second shot to the green at the 17th on Sunday from a sandy waste is mythic.

4. 1961, Arnold Palmer wins at Royal Birkdale. His victory inspires new interest and respect by U.S. golfers for the game's oldest championship.

5. 2000, Tiger Woods wins at St. Andrews in the greatest Open scoring feat of all time. He finishes 19-under par with an eight-shot margin of victory, completing a career Grand Slam at 24, youngest ever.

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