A look into which competitors have won the Open Championship over the last 10 years
By Jac de Wet
The Last 10 Open Championship Winners
1) Tiger Woods – 2005
Tiger Woods’ 2005 Open Championship victory was hosted at St. Andrews and he ended up finishing five shots ahead of 2nd placed Colin Montgomerie.
2) Tiger Woods – 2006
Tiger also won the Open the following year at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. He fended off the title from fellow US golfer Chris DiMarco and also South African Ernie Els.
3) Padraig Harrington – 2007
In the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie Padraig Harrington managed to come top of the bunch and take the title. Spain’s Sergio Garcia was the runner up.
4) Padraig Harrington – 2008
Just as Tiger did previously, Harrington also went on to win a second Open Championship in a row, at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. He finished four shots ahead of England’s Ian Poulter.
5) Stewart Cink – 2009
The winner of the 2009 Open at the Turnberry was Stewart Cink from America. It went down to a play-off between him and Tom Watson, who missed a putt on the 72nd hole to win. However Cink eventually took the top spot, denying Watson a 6th Open.
6) Louis Oosthuizen – 2010
The 2010 Open Championship was the last held at St. Andrews with the South African Louis Oosthuizen triumphing. He finished on 16 strokes under par, winning by seven shots from Lee Westwood of England.
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7) Darren Clarke – 2011
Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke won the 2011 Open which was hosted at Royal St. George’s Golf Club. Runners up were Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson who both trailed by three strokes.
8) Ernie Els – 2012
In 2012 the Open was hosted at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club and was won by South African professional Ernie Els, who already had an Open to his name from 2002. It ended up being a very tight finish with Australian Adam Scott missing out by one stroke after a late collapse.
9) Phil Mickelson – 2013
In 2013 Phil Mickelson won his first Open Championship at Muirfield in Scotland. In the final round he played 66 strokes to win with an ending score of 3 under par, finishing closely ahead of Henrik Stenson who finished as runner up.
10) Rory McIlroy – 2014
Most recently to win the open was Rory McIlroy who is currently the world number one. The Open was held at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. McIlroy finished on 17 under par having played a total of 271 shots, with Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler closely followed with 273 strokes.