Average stats of an Open champion

There are several key characteristics required to win The Open. We’ve captured the commonalities that Open champions possess, based on the average performance and personal statistics for every winner since 1966.

What makes an Open Champion?

SCORE
276
vs PAR
-9
MARGIN OF VICTORY
3
1
Eagles
17
Birdies
45
Pars
9
Bogeys
0
Double Bogeys
PERFORMANCE STATS
Avg. Drive 298.2 yds
Fairways Hit 64%
GIR 70%
No. of Putts 116
PERSONAL STATS
Age (when won) 33
Age turned Pro 21
Handed Right
Star sign Virgo
Height 5.9
Weight 187
Hair colour Brown
Marital status Married
No. of children 3
No. of siblings 2
Statistics Trivia
  • Country

    The USA have dominated the Open with 28 wins.

    South Africa are second with 5 wins, while England has produced 4 winners.

  • Prize Money
  • Score

    276 is the average score of Open winners.

    The average score has come down by 10 since the 1960s.

  • Vs Par

    The average vs. par score is -9.

    The lowest vs. par score in the Open was -20 from Henrik Stenson in 2016.

    The highest vs. par score was logged by Paul Lawrie in 1999, with +6.

  • Age Turned Pro

    On average, Open winners turned pro at the age of 21.

    Roberto De Vicenzo turned pro when he was just 15.

    Pádraig Harrington didn't turn pro until he was 24.

  • Margin Of Victory

    The majority of Open championships have been decided by just one shot.

    Tiger Woods achieved the largest margin of victory in 2000, winning by an impressive 8 shots.

  • Driving Distance

    The average driving distance is 298.

    Tiger Woods is comfortably the longest hitter to win The Open. He clocked an impressive 341.5 yards in 2005.

    Paul Lawrie was the shortest hitter with 228 yards in 1999.

  • Fairways Hit

    Louis Oosthuizen and Zach Johnson have both hit the most fairways with 55.

    Jordan Spieth hit the lowest number of fairways in 2017 with 24.

  • GIR

    The winner with the lowest GIR% was Paul Lawrie in 1999 with 48.6%

    Unsurprisingly, Tiger Woods was the most accurate with an impressive 91.7% GIR in 2000.

  • No. of putts

    Todd Hamilton holds the putting record with 109.

    Tiger Woods has the worst record with 125.

  • Weight

    John Daly was the heaviest Open winner in 1995 at 250 lbs.

    The lightest winner was Bill Rogers in 1981, weighing in at 148 lbs.

  • Height

    The average height for an Open winner is 5 foot 9.

    Ian Baker-Finch and Stewart Cink are the tallest winners at 6 foot 4.

    England's Tony Jacklin and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen are the shortest winners at 5 foot 1.

  • Age

    The average age of Open winners is 33

    The youngest winner is Seve Ballesteros who was just 22!

    The oldest winner is Roberto De Vicenzo at 44!

  • Star Sign

    The most common star sign of winners is Virgo.

  • Marital Status

    The majority of Open winners were happily married!

  • Hair Colour
Sources

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.