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Test your knowledge of the British Open

July 12, 2009


How well do you know the British Open? Try this quiz:

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

a.) Peter Thomson

b.) Tom Watson

c.) Harry Vardon

2. Who overcame the largest deficit in the final round to win the British Open?

a.) Paul Lawrie

b.) Johnny Miller

c.) Arnold Palmer

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

a.) Mark Hayes

b.) Greg Norman

c.) Payne Stewart

4.) Name the last British Open champion when Tiger Woods was not eligible to play.

a.) John Daly

b.) Padraig Harrington

c.) Nick Price

5. Since World War II, who has won the most consecutive British Open titles?

a.) Bobby Locke

b.) Peter Thomson

c.) Tom Watson

6. Who was the only Open champion at Turnberry who failed to break par all four rounds?

a.) Tom Watson

b.) Greg Norman

c.) Nick Price

7. Jack Nicklaus and which other player have finished under par the most times in a British Open?

a.) Nick Faldo

b.) Ernie Els

c.) Tiger Woods

8. Why did it take 15 years to return to Turnberry for the British Open?

a.) The light went out in the lighthouse.

b.) An additional road was required to handle the traffic.

c.) The castle of Robert the Bruce was being rebuilt.

9. Name the first American-born player to win the Open.

a.) Walter Hagen

b.) Bobby Jones

c.) George Duncan

10. Who played the British Open the most times before winning?

a.) Nick Price

b.) Mark O’Meara

c.) Bob Charles

11. Greg Norman shot a 63 in the second round of the ’86 British Open at Turnberry. What did he do on the 18th hole?

a.) Chipped in for birdie

b.) Holed out from the fairway for eagle

c.) Three-putted from 30 feet for bogey

12. Name the last player who won the British Open in his first major champion appearance.

a.) Old Tom Morris

b.) Ben Curtis

c.) Tom Watson

13. Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus by one shot to win at Turnberry in 1977. Who finished third?

a.) Roger Maltbie

b.) Nick Faldo

c.) Hubert Green

14. What purpose did Turnberry serve during World War II?

a.) POW camp

b.) Base for the Royal Air Force

c.) Site of the Washington Cup, matches between generals from the U.S. and British armies.

15. Padraig Harrington became the first European to win consecutive British Open titles since whom?

a.) James Braid

b.) Seve Ballesteros

c.) Henry Cotton

16. Why did Jesper Parnevik believe he needed a birdie on the 18th hole at Turnberry to win in 1994?

a.) A radio announcer from the BBC gave him bad information

b.) He neglected to look at a scoreboard

c.) He figured that’s what Greg Norman would do.

17. Name the oldest player to win the British Open.

a.) Old Tom Morris

b.) Ben Hogan

c.) Roberto de Vicenzo

18. Who is the only player in major championship history to have the low score in all four rounds?

a.) J.H. Taylor

b.) Ben Hogan

c.) Tiger Woods


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