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British Open trivia quiz

How well do you know the British Open? Try this trivia quiz and find out. (The rules require that you actually take the quiz before hitting the link to the answers at the bottom.)

OUTWARD NINE (1 point each)

1. Who has won the British Open the most times?

a.) Harry Vardon

b.) Bobby Jones

c.) Tom Watson

2. Name the links course that hosted the first British Open.

a.) Muirfield

b.) Prestwick

c.) St. Andrews

3. Who was the last British Open champion to win in his first appearance?

a.) Tom Watson

b.) Ben Curtis

c.) Paul Lawrie

4. Which runner-up had a two-shot lead on the 16th hole until taking three shots to get out of a bunker in the final round?

a.) Jesper Parnevik

b.) Thomas Bjorn

c.) Ben Crenshaw

5. What trophy was awarded at the first British Open?

a.) A bottle of Scotch

b.) A claret jug

c.) A championship belt

6. Which American has the most British Open titles?

a.) Walter Hagen

b.) Bobby Jones

c.) Tom Watson

7. Name the first links course in England to host the British Open.

a.) Royal St. George's

b.) Royal Birkdale

c.) Royal Liverpool.

8. Who was the oldest British Open champion?

a.) Roberto De Vicenzo

b.) Old Tom Morris

c.) Ben Hogan

9. Who was the first player to shoot 63 in the British Open?

a.) Greg Norman

b.) Paul Broadhurst

c.) Mark Hayes

INWARD NINE (3 points each)

10. Who won the first British Open in 1860?

a.) Old Tom Morris

b.) Willie Park Sr.

c.) Bob Martin

11. Which Open champion has twice posted all four rounds in the 60s without winning?

a.) Greg Norman

b.) Ernie Els

c.) Jack Nicklaus

12. Who has the largest margin of victory in the British Open?

a.) Tiger Woods

b.) Tommy Armour

c.) Old Tom Morris

13. Since World War II, only one British player has won the Open at Royal St. George's. Who was it?

a.) Sandy Lyle

b.) Max Faulkner

c.) Tony Jacklin

14. Who was the last amateur to win the British Open?

a.) Bobby Jones

b.) Richard Burton

c.) William Auchterlonie

15. What was unusual about J.H. Taylor winning in 1894 at Royal St. George's?

a.) He refused to wear a coat and tie.

b.) He played the final round using only one rubber-core Haskell golf ball.

c.) He was the only player to win a four-round British Open without ever breaking 80

16. Name the only player to win the British Open on five links courses.

a.) Harry Vardon

b.) Peter Thomson

c.) Tom Watson

17. Harry Vardon won 100 years ago at Royal St. George's in the only playoff not completed. Why did it end early?

a.) Record flooding make the course unplayable after 18 holes.

b.) Arnaud Massy picked up his ball on the 35th hole and conceded.

c.) It was time for tea.

18. Name the first American-born winner of the British Open.

a.) Walter Hagen

b.) Bobby Jones

c.) Gene Sarazen


19. Name the PGA Tour commissioner who qualified for the British Open during a golfing holiday.

a.) Deane Beman

b.) Tim Finchem

c.) Joe Ogilvie


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