Past Open Championships at Royal St George’s
As the fourth most used venue in the illustrious history of The Open Championship, Royal St George’s has seen many of golf’s greatest players battle it out upon its legendary dunes. The history of The Open at Sandwich dates back over a century, to when it was first played there in 1894, back then it was known just as ‘St George’s’ before gaining royal patronage in 1902.
Between the two World Wars, in 1922 and 1928, Royal St George’s saw the rise of Walter Hagen, as he came across from America to win the Claret Jug both times. Years later, in 1985, the now historic links witnessed Sandy Lyle become the first Scotsman to win The Open in over 50 years. The next time the tournament came to the dunes at St George’s was in 1993 when Greg ‘The Shark’ Norman won his second, and final, major championship.
The most recent and perhaps most famous Open Championship to be held at Royal St George’s was in 2011. The fan favourite Northern Irishman, Darren Clarke, battled the conditions in Sandwich Bay and managed to maintain his form through all four rounds, leading to a surprising and memorable victory for the then 42-year-old. The world best again head to the legendary links of St George’s in 2021, when it will host its 15th Open Championship.