Recently the Royal & Ancient released the results of previous Open Championships online on The Open Championship website <click here> together with a brief synopsis of how the event unfolded. This provides a insight into how Irish players faired since the inaugural championship in 1860.

In the years since the first Open Championship at Prestwick in 1860 to 2010 just over 100 Irish players have taken part in the Open Championship. It was 1902 before the first of the Irish-born players (Harry Hamill and Hughie McNeill) entered The Open while the first player to represent an Irish club was Thomas Gilroy (a Scot) in the 1891 Open Championship at The Old Course, St. Andrews representing the Royal Dublin Golf Club. Michael Moran was the first Irish-born professional to make any headway in the Open when in 1913 he finished joint third but it was another thirty-four years before that feat was surpassed and this time is was Fred Daly who took the Claret Jug home with him. Daly would finish in the top three another three times. In 1949 Harry Bradshaw lost to Bobby Locke in a play-off after the infamous incident with a beer bottle derailed his opportunity of taking the coveted claret jug. Christy O'Connor snr. then took over the mantle by having three top-three finishes between 1958 and 1965 and twenty years later saw his nephew Christy jnr also take a top-three finish. Rory McIlroy was third in 1910 despite eighty strokes in the second round over a windswept St. Andrews links. Darren Clarke's grasp on the claret jug must have seemed all but lost as his two top three finishes came in 1997 and 2001 but ten years later his place in golf lore was secure with his victory in Royal St. Georges. Of course all this is eclipsed by Padraig Harrington's consecutive titles in 2007 and 2008.

Irish Players who played in Open Championships

  Bacon, Sam    
  Bingham, Michael    
  Boyle, Hugh    
  Bradshaw, Harry    
  Browne, Robert    
  Bruen Jr (Am*), Jimmy    
  Cahill, Michael    
  Carr (Am*), Joe    
  Carr, Roddy    
  Carroll (Am*), J.P.    
  Carroll, J.    
  Carter (Am*), E.F.    
  Clarke, Darren    
  Daly, Fred    
  Darcy, Eamonn    
  Drew, Norman    
  Edmundson, James    
  Fairweather, Sydney    
  Feherty, David    
  Fogarty (Am*), Noel    
  Greene, Christy    
  Gribben (Am*), Paddy    
  Hackett, Eddie J.    
  Hamill, Harry    
  Hamill, Stephen    
  Harrington, Padraig    
  Hayden, Ray    
  Heggarty, Jimmy    
  Henderson, J.    
  Henderson, Jim    
  Henry, Wayne    
  Hezlet (Am*), Charles    
  Higgins, David    
  Higgins, Liam    
  Hoey (Am*), Michael    
  Holley, William    
  Howley, Francis    
  Jackson, Hugh    
  Jones, David    
  Jones, Ernie    
  Kane, Christy.    
  Kehoe, Justin    
  Kidd, Harry    
  Kinsella, Jimmy    
  Lawrie, Peter    
  Leonard, Paul    
  Lowry, Shane    
  MacDermott, Matthew    
  MacNamara, William    
  Mahon, P.J.    
  Martin, James    
  Martin, Jimmy    
  Maybin, Gareth    
  McCartney, Joe    
  McDowell, Graeme    
  McElhinney (Am*), Brian    
  McGimpsey, Garth    
  McGinley, Paul    
  McGonigle, John    
  McGovern, Brendan    
  McGrane, Damien    
  McGuirk (Am*), John    
  McGuirk, Paddy    
  McHenry, John    
  McIlree, Harry    
  McIlroy (Am*), Rory    
  McIlroy, Rory    
  McKenna, John    
  McKenna, John J.    
  McNamara, J.    
  McNeill, Hugh    
  Moran, Michael    
  Moriarty, Colm    
  Munn (Am*), Lionel    
  Murphy, Gary    
  Murphy, Michael    
  Murray, Dan    
  Nolan, William    
  O'Brien, Dan    
  O'Connell, Eoghan    
  O'Connor Jr, Christy    
  O'Connor Sr, Christy    
  O'Connor, Arnold    
  O'Hare, Patrick    
  O'Leary, John    
  O'Neill, Moses.    
  Pierse (Am*), Arthur    
  Polland, Eddie    
  Pope, Charles William.    
  Rafferty, Ronan    
  Shannon, Tom    
  Skerritt, Austin    
  Skerritt, Paddy    
  Sludds, Martin    
  Smyth, Des    
  Spring, Graham    
  Stevenson, P.G.    
  Sugrue, Daniel    
  Sullivan, J.    
  Wallace, Leo    
  Walton, Philip    
  Whiston, Adam    

A full list of the results of Irish players can be found by clicking here.



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