The greatest British Open Champions

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The Open Championship is the oldest of golf's majors and has been won by nearly all of the game's best players. Before World War I, Old Tom Morris, Young Tom Morris, Harry Vardon (left), James Braid and J.H. Taylor dominated the event. Since then, the following 11 players have earned the title Champion Golfer at least three times each.
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Walter Hagen, United States

1922 (Royal St. George's)
1924 (Royal Liverpool)
1928 (Royal St. George's)
1929 (Muirfield)
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Bobby Jones, United States

1926 (Royal Lytham)
1927 (St. Andrews)
1930 (Royal Liverpool)
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Henry Cotton, England

1934 (Royal St. George's)
1937 (Carnoustie)
1948 (Muirfield)
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Bobby Locke, South Africa

1949 (Royal St. George's)
1950 (Royal Troon)
1952 (Royal Lytham)
1957 (St. Andrews)
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Peter Thomson, Australia

1954 (Carnoustie)
1955 (St. Andrews)
1956 (Royal Liverpool)
1958 (Royal Lytham)
1965 (Royal Birkdale)
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Gary Player, South Africa

1959 (Muirfield)
1968 (Carnoustie)
1974 (Royal Lytham)
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Jack Nicklaus, United States

1966 (Muirfield)
1970 (St. Andrews)
1978 (St. Andrews)
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Tom Watson, United States

1975 (Carnoustie)
1977 (Turnbery)
1980 (Muirfield)
1982 (Royal Troon)
1983 (Royal Birkdale)
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Seve Ballesteros, Spain

1979 (Royal Lytham)
1984 (St. Andrews)
1988 (Royal Lytham)
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Nick Faldo, England

1987 (Muirfield)
1990 (St. Andrews)
1992 (Muirfield)
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Tiger Woods, United States

2000 (St. Andrews)
2005 (St. Andrews)
2006 (Royal Liverpool)