Carnoustie Open champions

Which players have lifted the Claret Jug at the course that is regarded as the "toughest on the Open rota"?

Carnoustie has been blessed with some of the most intense Open Championship in the competitions history and is regarded as the toughest course on the Open rota.

Here’s a list of Champion Golfers who were victorious at Carnoustie.

Carnoustie Open champions

Tommy Armour, 1931

Armour was the first player to lift the Claret Jug at Carnoustie. His fantastic final round of 71 secured a one shot victory over Argentina’s José Jurado after starting the day five shots off the lead.

The Silver Scot also won a US Open and a PGA. Born in Scotland, he served in the Great War before becoming an American citizen in the 1920s.

Henry Cotton, 1937

Just as Armour did in 1931, Henry Cotton closed with a final round of 71 to lift his second Claret Jug and defeat Reg Whitcombe by two shot.

The Englishman won three Opens, either side of the Second World War. This one was sandwiched by victories at Royal St George’s and Muirfield.

Ben Hogan, 1953

Hogan shot a final round of 68 in what was one of the most iconic Open performances and one of three majors that he won. The American started the day level with Roberto De Vicenzo but finished four shots in front.

He was unable to get back to the States in time to play in that year’s PGA.

Gary Player, 1968

Consistency was the key to Player’s victory in 1968 with his opening round of 74 his highest of the week, significantly better than his nearest rivals who shot at least one round that was 75 or higher.

It was the middle of the South African’s three wins, each in a different decade.

Tom Watson, 1975

Watson won his first Open title by defeating Jack Newton in an 18 hole play-off. The pair were level for the majority of the day but Watson took advantage by eagling the par 5, 14th.

Newton was unable to get up and down from a green side bunker on the final hole, therefore leading to a bogey and the Kansas man won his first of five Claret Jugs.

Paul Lawrie, 1999

The Scotsman came from 10 shots back in the final round, the biggest final round comeback in major championship history, to win his only major championship.

Lawrie won the four hole aggregate play-off with a score of even par, Justin Leonard and Van de Velde could only manage three over.

Padraig Harrington, 2007

Carnoustie witnessed another player overcome a large final round deficit to win in a play-off in 2007. Padraig Harrington started the day six shots behind the long-time leader Sergio Garcia to win his first major.

After leading all week, Garcia missed a putt on the 72nd hole to win the championship. Harrington won the play-off by a single shot, shooting even par through the four holes.

By the end of 2008, he had another two majors to his name.

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