Key anniversaries for the 2019 British Open

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Published 12:35 a.m. ET July 12, 2019

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — A look at key anniversaries during this year’s British Open:

150 YEARS AGO (1869)

One year after Young Tom Morris became the first player to break 50 to win his first British Open, he made more history with the first hole-in-one on the 166-yard eighth hole at Prestwick. The 18-year-old Morris led by three shots after the opening round, and stretched the lead to four shots over Davie Strath after two rounds. On the final day with high wind, Morris closed with a 52 — by five shots the best score of the final round — for an 11-shot victory over Bob Kirk. He joined his father, Old Tom Morris, as the only players to win back to back.

100 YEARS AGO (1919)

The British Open was not held for the fifth straight year because of World War I.

75 YEARS AGO (1944)

The British Open was not held for the fourth straight year because of World War II. The only major held in 1944 was the PGA Championship, which resumed after a one-year hiatus.

50 YEARS AGO (1969)

Tony Jacklin ended 18 long years without a British player winning the claret jug. It looked as though the streak might continue when Bob…

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