The 149th Open at Royal St. George’s is approaching, as the planet’s finest golfers prepare to descend on Sandwich for a compelling four days of action.
The course is no stranger to hosting the prestigious old championship, first doing so exactly 125 years ago when John Henry Taylor held aloft the first of his five Claret Jugs after his one-shot victory ahead of Andrew Kirkaldy and Douglas Rolland.
St. George’s possesses a long and storied history, being placed in the global spotlight for The Open no fewer than 14 times in what has been a diverse blend of championships since 1894.
And, with the countdown to July intensifying, it appears apt to look back on the statistics of the competition at the course and identify the trends that have become conspicuous.
There are two men who have been crowned Champion Golfer of the Year twice at St. George’s, making for 12 different winners during the 14 championships held there.
That duo is made up of Harry Vardon and Walter Hagen, who took a visible liking to conditions on the Kent coast to waltz home to a memorable pair of victories.
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