The 15 Greatest British Open Performances in History

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The 15 Greatest British Open Performances in History
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The British Open (or the Open Championship, the common name for the event outside the United States), has been going on for a century and a half and has produced many a great moment.

A list of greats, from Vardon to Jones to Nicklaus to Woods, have etched their names on the Claret Jug and become a significant part of the lore of the oldest of the majors.

There have been 140 winners at the year's third major, but not all victories are created equal.

As in any tournament, the Open has had several strong performances by champions over the years, but also put up some duds (no offense to Darren Clarke, who did play great golf, but last year was a prime example).

Here, we will see a compilation of the absolute best. These aren't just Open victories, but golfing displays that put a player clearly above the pack.

Ranging from 1862 all the way to 2010, these performances do encompass much of the Open's history.

It includes the greats of the game from three different centuries and from both sides of the pond.

It's a list of variety that proves that the Open is a truly global event.

With all of that in mind, here are the 15 best performances at the Open.

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