The 11th Open | 1870 Prestwick

Morris' third successive win secures the Challenge Belt

When Young Tom Morris won The Open for the third year in succession in 1870, the rules of the Championship dictated he kept the Challenge Belt as his own.

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The impact of this was considerable. With no trophy to play for, The Open did not take place in 1871. When the Championship returned in 1872, a new prize had finally been arranged.