All of the golf's top names have grasped the Royal and Ancient's main prize, which was commissioned from MacKay & Cunningham of Edinburgh in 1873, although in modern times the record of British players in the competition is not overly impressive.
The immediate post-war era was dominated by the South African, Bobby Jones, and Peter Thomson, an Australian, who won the tournament no fewer than eight times between them in the ten years after 1949.
British successes were few and far between, as top-class competitors in the shape of Jack Nicklaus (a three-time winner), Tom Watson (five times) and Arnold Palmer (twice), kept a firm hand on the trophy from across the Atlantic.
Tony Jacklin did manage to momentarily crack the foreign monopoly, with a win at Royal Lytham and St Anne's in 1969 and on that day helped lay the foundation of what was to become the next British triumph. After coming close to catching Jacklin's winning match ball as he victoriously hurled it into the crowd, an 11-year-old from Shrewsbury, who would later represent Scotland, vowed that one day he would be united with the famous jug.
And so it came to be 16 years later. Sandy Lyle, son of teaching professional Alex Lyle, triumphed at Royal St George's and with it struck a significant blow in cracking America's domination of the sport.
However, on the final day of the tournament in '85 everything clicked into place for the adopted Scotsman. Three strokes behind overnight leaders Bernhard Langer and David Graham, he set about eating into their lead and came into his own on the back nine.
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