Jordan Spieth will be bidding to defend his Open title on Thursday as the third major championship of the year gets underway at Carnoustie in Scotland.
Here, we take a look at five of the best moments from the Open.
Nick Faldo wins second Open title – 1990
The Englishman clinched his second Claret Jug with a scintillating 18-under par. Producing rounds of 67, 65, 67 and 71 meant Faldo finished five shots clear of second place Greg Norman. His win at St. Andrew’s made him the second person since Tom Watson in 1982 to win two majors in the same year.
Jean van de Velde’s improbable collapse – 1999
Van de Velde was on the brink of becoming the first Frenchman to win the Open Championship in 92 years. With a three shot lead, all he had to do was double-bogey the 18th. But he blew it and ended up in a three-way play-off. He would go on to lose to Paul Lawrie.
Tiger Woods completes career grand slam – 2000
When Woods lifted The Open title in 2000 he became the youngest player to seal a career grand slam at the age of 24. He avoided all the treacherous bunkers at St. Andrew’s, to shoot 19-under par, winning by a mammoth eight shots. The American returns to Carnoustie this week seeking a first major since 2008.
Padraig Harrington’s superb comeback – 2007
Harrington started the final round six shots behind leader Sergio Garcia, who faltered as the Irishman posted a sizzling 67. In the end, Harrington won by a stroke in the play-off to claim his first major. One year later at Royal Birkdale, the 46-year-old successfully defended his Open crown.
Stenson shoots record 20-under par – 2013
One of the greatest performances in history. The Swede shot a 20-under par 264, the lowest 72-hole score ever in a major, to become the first Scandinavian to win a men’s golf major. His final shot was a stunning 20-foot birdie putt that tumbled into the cup on its last turn.
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