The 56th Open | 1921 St Andrews

The first American victor

In 1921 Jock Hutchison became the first player representing the United States of America to win The Open. However, Hutchison knew the Old Course well, having been born and raised in St Andrews.

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Hutchison emigrated to the USA prior to World War I, but returned to his home town to claim the Claret Jug.

He defeated English amateur Roger Wethered in a 36-hole play-off after both men had posted scores of 296 for four rounds.

No one could have known it at the time, but, after 60 years of the Championship being dominated by British players, an era of sustained American success at the Open had begun.