Activities Sports & Athletics Golfers Who Have Won the British Open 'Champion Golfer of the Year' at Every Open Championship Share PINTEREST Email Print Padraig Harrington celebrates his second consecutive Open Championship win in 2008. 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Most Frequent Winners Park and the man he beat in that first British Open by two strokes, Old Tom Morris, are among those golfers who have won the Open Championship multiple times, but they did not win the most titles. That honor goes to Harry Vardon, who earned six Open titles. In 2009 at the age of 59, Tom Watson nearly equaled Vardon's achievement. He was tied with Stewart Cink at the end of regulation but lost the playoff that would have given him his sixth title. A complete list of those with more than one victory follows: 6 wins - Harry Vardon, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914 5 wins - James Braid, 1901, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1910 5 wins - J.H. Taylor, 1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, 1913 5 wins - Peter Thomson, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1965 5 wins - Tom Watson, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983 4 wins - Old Tom Morris, Young Tom Morris, Willie Park Sr., Walter Hagen, Bobby Locke 3 wins - Jamie Anderson, Bob Ferguson, Bobby Jones, Henry Cotton, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods 2 wins - Bob Martin, Willie Park Jr., Harold Hilton, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els British Open Champions Here are all the winners in Open Championship history. Amateurs who have won are indicated by "a." 2019 - Shane Lowry2018 - Francesco Molinari2017 - Jordan Spieth2016 - Henrik Stenson2015 - Zach Johnson2014 - Rory McIlroy2013 - Phil Mickelson2012 - Ernie Els2011 - Darren Clarke2010 - Louis Oosthuizen2009 - Stewart Cink2008 - Padraig Harrington2007 - Padraig Harrington2006 - Tiger Woods2005 - Tiger Woods2004 - Todd Hamilton2003 - Ben Curtis2002 - Ernie Els2001 - David Duval2000 - Tiger Woods1999 - Paul Lawrie1998 - Mark O'Meara1997 - Justin Leonard1996 - Tom Lehman1995 - John Daly1994 - Nick Price1993 - Greg Norman1992 - Nick Faldo1991 - Ian Baker-Finch1990 - Nick Faldo1989 - Mark Calcavecchia1988 - Seve Ballesteros1987 - Nick Faldo1986 - Greg Norman1985 - Sandy Lyle1984 - Seve Ballesteros1983 - Tom Watson1982 - Tom Watson1981 - Bill Rogers1980 - Tom Watson1979 - Seve Ballesteros1978 - Jack Nicklaus1977 - Tom Watson1976 - Johnny Miller1975 - Tom Watson1974 - Gary Player1973 - Tom Weiskopf1972 - Lee Trevino1971 - Lee Trevino1970 - Jack Nicklaus1969 - Tony Jacklin1968 - Gary Player1967 - Roberto de Vicenzo1966 - Jack Nicklaus1965 - Peter Thomson1964 - Tony Lema1963 - Bob Charles1962 - Arnold Palmer1961 - Arnold Palmer1960 - Kel Nagle1959 - Gary Player1958 - Peter Thomson1957 - Bobby Locke1956 - Peter Thomson1955 - Peter Thomson1954 - Peter Thomson1953 - Ben Hogan1952 - Bobby Locke1951 - Max Faulkner1950 - Bobby Locke1949 - Bobby Locke1948 - Henry Cotton1947 - Fred Daly1946 - Sam Snead1940–45 - Not played1939 - Richard Burton1938 - R.A. "Reg" Whitcombe1937 - Henry Cotton1936 - Alf Padgham1935 - Alf Perry1934 - Henry Cotton1933 - Denny Shute1932 - Gene Sarazen1931 - Tommy Armour1930 - Bobby Jones (a)1929 - Walter Hagen1928 - Walter Hagen1927 - Bobby Jones (a)1926 - Bobby Jones (a)1925 - Jim Barnes1924 - Walter Hagen1923 - Arthur Havers1922 - Walter Hagen1921 - Jock Hutchison1920 - George Duncan1915–19 - Not played1914 - Harry Vardon1913 - J.H. Taylor1912 - Ted Ray1911 - Harry Vardon1910 - James Braid1909 - J.H. Taylor1908 - James Braid1907 - Arnaud Massy1906 - James Braid1905 - James Braid1904 - Jack White1903 - Harry Vardon1902 - Sandy Herd1901 - James Braid1900 - J.H. Taylor1899 - Harry Vardon1898 - Harry Vardon1897 - Harold "Hal" Hilton (a)1896 - Harry Vardon1895 - J.H. Taylor1894 - J.H. Taylor1893 - William Auchterlonie1892 - Harold "Hal" Hilton (a)1891 - Hugh Kirkaldy1890 - John Ball (a)1889 - Willie Park Jr.1888 - Jack Burns1887 - Willie Park Jr.1886 - David Brown1885 - Bob Martin1884 - Jack Simpson1883 - Willie Fernie1882 - Bob Ferguson1881 - Bob Ferguson1880 - Bob Ferguson1879 - Jamie Anderson1878 - Jamie Anderson1877 - Jamie Anderson1876 - Bob Martin1875 - Willie Park Sr.1874 - Mungo Park1873 - Tom Kidd1872 - Young Tom Morris1871 - Not played1870 - Young Tom Morris1869 - Young Tom Morris1868 - Young Tom Morris1867 - Old Tom Morris1866 - Willie Park Sr.1865 - Andrew Strath1864 - Old Tom Morris1863 - Willie Park Sr.1862 - Old Tom Morris1861 - Old Tom Morris1860 - Willie Park Sr.