Who Are the Youngest and Oldest Winners of the British Open?

British Open FAQ: Youngest, Oldest Champs

Seve Ballestero was 22 years old when he won the 1979 British Open
Seve Ballesteros is not the all-time youngest Open Champion, but he is the youngest post-1900. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

Let's go to the extremes of winning at the Open Championship and find out which golfers were youngest - and oldest - at the times of their victories.

Youngest British Open Winner

The all-time recordholder as youngest winner of the British Open is Young Tom Morris, who was 17 years, 5 months old when he won the 1868 British Open. (It only makes sense that the holder of this record should be remembered with "Young" in his name, doesn't it?)

Morris Jr.'s win came one year after his father, Old Tom Morris, set the all-time record as oldest winner.

Post-1900, the youngest winner is Seve Ballesteros, who was the 1979 Open champion at the age of 22 years, 3 months and 12 days old.

Oldest British Open Winner

The all-time recordholder as oldest winner of the British Open is Old Tom Morris, who won in 1867 when he was 46 years and 99 days old.

Post-1900, the oldest winner is Roberto De Vicenzo, who was 44 years and 93 days old old when he won the 1967 Open Championship.

One other golfer over the age of 44 won post-1900, and that is Harry Vardon. Vardon was 44 years and 41 days old when he won in 1914.

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