A Ahead of The 2018 Open Championship, we’ve created a comprehensive guide to every winner of the tournament since play was extended to four days in 1966. What Makes An Open Champion looks at the attributes and performance statistics of each champion and is the ultimate resource for comparing golfing legends past and present. Discover these amazing facts for yourself and find out who we predict will win this year’s Claret Jug!

Having played at The Open 18 times in my career, I’ve been lucky enough to compete with some of the greatest golfers of all time. What Makes An Open Champion provides an encyclopaedic insight into what makes these players unique and is a must for any golf enthusiast.” ~ Bernard Gallacher

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Age (when won)
Age turned Pro
Handed
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Star sign
Height
Weight
Hair colour
Marital status
No. of children
No. of siblings
SCORE
vs PAR
MARGIN OF VICTORY
Eagles
Birdies
Pars
Bogeys
Double Bogeys
PERFORMANCE STATS
Avg. Drive
Fairways Hit
GIR
No. of Putts
*Some stats only available from 1980 onwards.
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Sources:
Wikipedia, Biography.com, theopen.com, golfstats.com, youtube.com, gettyimages.co.uk, individual golf fan sites.

Methodology:

Overall
To determine what makes ‘An Open Champion’ an average has been calculated across all previous Open winners for each available metric.

2018 prediction
A list of the current favourite golfers to win the 2018 Open was compiled.

There are 5 qualitative metrics for which we have applied a binary score of 0 or 1. If the golfers in 2018 favourites list matches the average they are given a score of 1, if not, a score of 0.
There are also 11 quantitative metrics for which we have applied a score depending on how close the 2018 favourites are to the average.
The scores for each category are then summed to give a total rating out of 16 categories for each player.
In order to achieve an overall prediction in terms of a percentage an average of the 16 ratings has been taken.

Disclaimer:
All visualisations based on data available online (June 2018).
GIR, Fairways Hit, Avg. drive and No. of Putts data only available since 1999.
2018 Open winner prediction based on methodology utilising available data.