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A look back at the 1999 Open Championship

With the 2016 Open Championship beginning early this morning, it's another chance to watch the best golfers in the world either step up, or buckle under the pressure of competing in a major golf tournament.

This year's event is being held at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. The course has a long history, being established in 1878. It has hosted The Open Championship nine different times, including 2016. Of those eight finished tournaments, six of those were won by American players, the last six as a matter of fact.

When Arthur Havers won the Championship in 1923, the winner's share was 75 pounds. This year's winner will take home 1.175M pounds. My how times have changed...

Along with the opportunity to win that nice chunk of change, also comes with the chance to hoist the Claret Jug, which has the player's name engraved on it.

That takes us to 1999: Jean van de Velde was just one hole away from winning The Open Championship and hoisting the Claret Jug. In fact, his name had already been engraved on the trophy. Coming into the 18th hole, Van de Velde simply needed a double bogey 6 to claim the trophy.

Watch the 18th hole here:


The resulting seven led to a three-way playoff for the Championship which was claimed by Paul Lawrie. Van de Velde would finish triple bogey, bogey, double bogey, birdie, bogey in his last five holes of the 1999 Open Championship and infamously became known as one of the worst collapses in major golf history.