The 147th Open at Carnoustie is upon us, and to celebrate, ESPN has taken a look back through the archives to rediscover some key moments from golf’s oldest major championship.
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— A moment in time. Jordan Spieth kissing the claret jug in 2017, following victory at Royal Birkdale. In doing so, he became the youngest American to win golf’s oldest major, and the youngest Open winner since Seve Ballesteros in 1979.
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— A moment in time. The famous Carnoustie Golf Hotel was built behind the 18th green prior to the 1999 Open. The Rolex clock, on the face of the hotel, acts as a direct line off the tee box to the 18th hole.
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— A moment in time. Tom Watson celebrates a play-off victory over Jack Newton to win the 1975 Open at Carnoustie. It was the first of the eight major titles he won in his career, including 5 Open Championships.
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— A moment in time. The winning score of 290 at the 1999 Open at Carnoustie was the highest over par score to win an Open Championship since 1938. Paul Lawrie eventually won the 3-hole play-off, completing the biggest final round comeback in major championship history.
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— A moment in time. In 2010, Carnoustie hosted the Senior Open Championship for the first time. Bernhard Langer won by one stroke, securing the first of his record 10 senior major titles, including 3 Senior Open Championships.
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— A moment in time. Whilst the routing has remained consistent since 1926, Carnousite's course was remodelled significantly prior to the 1999 Open. At 7,421 yards, it's the longest course of any of the Open venues.
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— A moment in time. Spectators in the grandstand shielding from the wind at the 1975 Open Championship at Carnoustie. Sir Michael Bonallack famously said, “When the wind is blowing, it is the toughest golf course in Britain. And when it’s not blowing, it’s probably still the toughest.”
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— A moment in time. Tiger Woods teeing off during the 2007 Open at Carnoustie. Woods was aiming to become the first man for more than 50 years to win three Open claret jugs in a row. At the time he was world number 1, and still holds the record for most consecutive weeks (281) and most total weeks (683) in that position.
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— A moment in time. Gary Player lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie in 1968. The South African won by two strokes from former Champions Jack Nicklaus and Bob Charles, having eagled the par-5 14th hole during his second, third and final round.