- Associated Press - Saturday, July 14, 2012

A look at some of the key anniversaries this year in British Open history:

1862 (150 years ago)

Winner: Old Tom Morris

Course: Prestwick

Score: 163

Runner-up: Willie Park Sr.

Margin of victory: 13 shots

Winner’s share: No prize money awarded

Recap: The first 12 British Opens were played at Prestwick, a 12-hole course that worked its way through sand dunes and featured blind tee shots. Old Tom Morris became the first repeat champion _ OK, so this was only the third Open _ with a performance so dominant that his record still stands 150 years later. Against an eight-man field, he opened with a course-record 52 to build a seven-shot lead over Willie Park Sr., the winner of the inaugural Open. Morris had a 55 in the second round to stretch his lead to 11 shots, and closed with a 56 for a 13-shot win. Morris had the low score each round. The closest anyone came to his margin of victory in the Open was his son, Young Tom Morris, who won by 12 shots eight years later. This was the last year no prize money was awarded. In addition to a championship belt, medals were given for the first time.


1912 (100 years ago)

Winner: Ted Ray

Course: Muirfield

Score: 295

Runner-up: Harry Vardon

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