Sandwich Open Golf 2011

The British Open revisited Royal St George's, Sandwich for the 14th time in 2011.

Congratulations to Darren Clarke! What a victory!
Now maybe you should try out the course...?

The first location outside Scotland to put on The Open Championship, Royal St George's sits in an area of natural linksland on the Kent coast near to the ancient town of Sandwich, and is the southern-most venue on the British Open roster.

Founded in 1887 by Laidlaw Purves, an renowned Scottish consultant ophthalmologist at Guy's Hospital in London,  it played host to the Amateur Championship in 1892 and to The Open two years later, when J. H. Taylor was the winner with a four-round total of 326, the highest winning aggregate ever recorded in the Championship.

Ten years later, Taylor proved that his mastery of the venue was no accident when he shot 68 to become the first man to break 70 in The Open. That year, 1904, was an excellent one for scoring: the eventual winner, Jack White, finished on a total of 296, the first time that a winning score was under 300 since the Championship became a 72-hole event in 1892.

South African Bobby Locke started his series of four victories with a play-off win here in 1949 and American Bill Rogers was the winner when The Open Championship returned to Royal St George's after a space of 32 years.

Royal St George's last hosted The Open Championship in 2003 when first-timer, American Ben Curtis, was victorious.


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015