2016 Open Championship - Winning Nationality

The 2016 Open Championship is rapidly approaching, and what a tournament the 145th edition promises to be. On Thursday the planet’s most supreme golfers descend upon Scotland’s famous Royal Troon Golf Club (Old Course), which is all set to host the third major of the year for the ninth time in its history. 16 former Claret Jug clutchers are located in the pack, including defending champion Zach Johnson, however the main focus of this article is on plucking out the Winning Nationality.

  • The United States has provided nine of the last 16 Open winners, and two of the last three.
  • Six of the last 10 Major winners come from the States.
  • The last six winners at Royal Troon are all American.
  • Four of the last nine Open victors have been from Ireland or Northern Ireland.
  • The only other country to win the claret Jug this millennium is South Africa (x3).

Thursday 14th July - 6.30am Odds Won/Lost Bet

2016 Open Championship Winning Nationality
USA player to win  
Best Bet
@ 13 / 8  

What history tells us

The United States stands proud at the summit of the Open Championship winning nationality table, providing 43 of the winners 144 winners to date. Since the start of the millennium the US who have dominated with nine our of 16 triumphs, including two of the last three editions of the tournament, with Zach Johnson memorably winning a play-off last year. On top of this, the States have been victorious in six of the last 10 major tournaments, with Dustin Johnson the latest successor after hoisting the US Open last month.

Scotland are in hot pursuit of America with 41 wins, however it’s well worth noting that they haven’t contributed a winner since Sandy Lyle back in 1999, which is one of only two Scottish successors since 1920.

There is a hefty gap before we get to the third most successful country, England, with 22 wins, followed by South Africa (10), then Australia (9). But, if you’re after a European angle then the island of Ireland looks to be the best bet. The Northern Ireland pair of Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy tasted victory in 2011 and 2014 respectively, while Ireland’s Padraig Harrington won back-to-back tournaments in 2007 and 2008.

Meanwhile, the only other country to contribute winners since 2000 is South Africa, with Ernie Els grabbing victories in 2002 and 2013, with Louis Oosthuizen sandwiched in between - winning his one and only major (to date) in 2010.

Does the Course favour a particular nationality?

As previously stated the Royal Troon has hosted the famous tournament nine times, and it’s safe to say that it’s not been a happy hunting ground for Europeans. Americans account for the last six winners at the Ayrshire links course, with Todd Hamilton the last victor in 2004, while previous winners include Justin Leonard, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer. In staggering contrast, the last European triumph at Royal Troon stretches all the way back to 1923: Englishman Arthur Havers.

What the betting says…

Unsurprisingly America tops the winning nationality betting at 13/8 (Sky Bet) to enhance their record-breaking tally to 44 winners of the Open Championships. In terms of individual players in the outright market, it’s the US Open champion Dustin Johnson who tops the outright market at 9/2, while fellow Americans Jordon Spieth (12/1), Rickie Fowler (33/1) and Phil Michelson (45/1) are some of the other main contenders in the betting.

The other main contenders come from Australia (Jason Day 10/1, and Adam Scott 22/1), Europe (Rory Mcilroy 11/1. Sergio Garcia 28/1, and Henrik Stenson 33/1). Considering Australians and South Africans come under the Rest of the World bracket, this option is a tempting at 5/2 (Bet36), with GB and Ireland available at 3/1.

2016 Open Championship Winning Nationality Odds