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4 Unlikely British Open Winners
- Updated: July 18, 2012
That one big priced winner that you can turn to your mates in the pub with your inflated ego and proclaim “faakin’ oath I picked him to win the British Open.”
The Majors can often spring big surprises and stories no one ever expected.
Tom Watson in 2009 almost turned back the clock to win at Turnberry at an incredible $150
So don’t dimiss the Rafael Echenique’s or Juvic Pagunsan’s of this world!
Here are some of the biggest shocks in British Open history
#1 Ian Baker-Finch
We might as well start with one of our own. Ian Baker-Finch won the 1991 British Open at Royal Birkdale with closing rounds of 65 and 66. He wasn’t considered a very good golfer when he won the event and he wasn’t really afterwards. The Aussie didn’t win another PGA Tour event and is officially one of the worst Major winners ever. Take that, tall poppy.
#2 Todd Hamilton
In 25 years as a golf professional, Todd Hamilton has won just two PGA Tour Events. One happens to be a Major Championship which is the reason we consider him a very unlikely winner of the event. The American beat Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff in 2004 and if it happened now there’d be a collective, WTF!
#3 Kel Nagle
Another bloomin’ Aussie! Maybe this could be our year? Ken Nagle was well-known Down Under having won over 30 tournaments, but it wasn’t till 1960 that he made world headlines when winning the British Open at St Andrews. Until then, the 39 year old had never finished in the top ten of Major Championship. Maybe Ashley Hall is worth a bet.
#4 Ben Curtis
The USA’s Ian Baker-Finch. Ben Curtis is best known for his 2003 victory at the British Open. Only a professional for three years at the time, he started the event as a $300 outsider and managed to beat Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh at Sandwich. But in the 12 years of his professional career, he has just four PGA Tour titles to his name.
Is there any big priced winners taking your eye at the 2012 British Open?