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timeline of key moments in british open golf championship

southport, england — a look at some of the anniversaries this year at the british open:150 years ago (1867): old tom morris captured his fourth and final title at prestwick at age 46. he remains the oldest player to win the open, and he was the oldest to win any major for just more than a century until julius boros won the 1968 pga championship at 48. morris had a two-shot lead over willie park sr., who also was going after his fourth title. both closed with a 58 and morris won by two shots.___125 years ago (1892): in the first open contested over two days and 72 holes, english amateur harold hilton closed with 72-74 on the final day at muirfield — the low score in the third and fourth rounds — for a three-shot victory over amateur john ball, sandy herd and hugh kirkaldy. it still is the only time in a major that an amateur finished first and second. entry fees were introduced for the first time to improve the quality of the field. this was the first of 16 opens held at muirfield.___100 years ago (1917): this was the third of five straight years the open was cancelled because of world war i.___75 years ago (1942): this was the third of six straight years the open was cancelled because of world war ii.___50 years ago (1967): roberto de vicenzo became the first player from south america to win a major when he closed with a 70 and held off jack nicklaus for a two-shot victory at royal liverpool. the 44-year-old argentine won the claret jug 17 years after he was runner-up t...