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The Amateur Championship is a golf tournament which is held in the United Kingdommarker. In the rest of the world, it is often known as the "British Amateur" or the "British Amateur Championship". It is one of the two leading individual tournaments for amateur male golfers alongside the U.S. Amateur.

The event was founded in 1885 and has been organised by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrewsmarker for most of its history. Before World War II it was regarded as one of golf's major championships, but given the modern dominance of the sport by professional golfers, this is no longer the case. Surprisingly, considering the prestige the event still carries, only one Amateur Championship winner in the post-World War II era has gone on to win a professional major—José María Olazábal.

The first stage of the Championship involves 288 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes, one on each of two courses. The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes and ties for 64th place compete in the match play stage of the Championship. Each match consists of one round of 18 holes except for the Final which is over 36 holes. The event is played in June. The winner receives invitations to two of the major championships, namely the following month's Open Championship, and the following year's Masters Tournamentmarker.

The Amateur Championship is open to golfers of any nationalility. The most famous American winner of the competition was Bobby Jones, whose 1930 victory was part of his Grand Slam.

The courses that have hosted the Amateur the most times (through 2008):

Winners

Year Venue Champion Country Score Runner-up
2009 Formby Golf Clubmarker Matteo Manassero 4 & 3 Sam Hutsby
2008 The Westin Turnberry Resortmarker Reinier Saxton 3 & 2 Tommy Fleetwood
2007 Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club Drew Weaver 2 & 1 Tim Stewart
2006 Royal St. George's Golf Club Julien Guerrier 4 & 3 Adam Gee
2005 Royal Birkdale Golf Clubmarker Brian McElhinney 5 & 4 John Gallagher
2004 St. Andrews Linksmarker Stuart Wilson 4 & 3 Lee Corfield
2003 Royal Troon Golf Clubmarker Gary Wolstenholme 6 & 5 Raphael De Sousa
2002 Royal Porthcawl Golf Clubmarker Alejandro Larrazabal 1 up Martin Sell
2001 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker Michael Hoey 1 up Ian Campbell
2000 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Mikko Ilonen 2 & 1 Christian Reimbold
1999 Royal County Down Golf Clubmarker Graeme Storm 7 & 6 Aran Wainwright
1998 Muirfieldmarker Sergio García 7 & 6 Craig Williams
1997 Royal St. George's Golf Club Craig Watson 3 & 2 Trevor Immelman
1996 Turnberrymarker Warren Bladon 1 up Roger Beames
1995 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Gordon Sherry 7 & 6 Michael Reynard
1994 Nairn Golf Club Lee James 2 & 1 Gordon Sherry
1993 Royal Portrush Golf Clubmarker Iain Pyman 37 holes Paul Page
1992 Carnoustie Golf Linksmarker Stephen Dundas 7 & 6 Bradley Dredge
1991 Ganton Golf Clubmarker Gary Wolstenholme 8 & 6 Bob May
1990 Muirfieldmarker Rolf Muntz 7 & 6 Michael Macara
1989 Royal Birkdale Golf Clubmarker Stephen Dodd 5 & 3 Craig Cassells
1988 Royal Porthcawl Golf Clubmarker Christian Hardin 1 up Ben Fouchee
1987 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker Paul Mayo 3 & 1 Peter McEvoy
1986 Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club David Curry 11 & 9 Geoff Birtwell
1985 Royal Dornoch Golf Clubmarker Garth McGimpsey 8 & 7 Graham Homewood
1984 Formby Golf Clubmarker José María Olazábal 5 & 4 Colin Montgomerie
1983 Turnberrymarker Philip Parkin 5 & 4 Jim Holtgrieve
1982 Royal Cinque Ports Golf Clubmarker Martin Thompson 4 & 3 Andrew Stubbs
1981 St. Andrews Linksmarker Phillipe Ploujoux 4 & 2 Joel Hirsch
1980 Royal Porthcawl Golf Clubmarker Duncan Evans 4 & 3 David Suddards
1979 Hillside Golf Clubmarker Jay Sigel 3 & 2 Scott Hoch
1978 Royal Troon Golf Clubmarker Peter McEvoy 4 & 3 Paul McKellar
1977 Ganton Golf Clubmarker Peter McEvoy 5 & 4 H.M. Campbell
1976 St. Andrews Linksmarker Dick Siderowf 37 holes J.C. Davies
1975 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Vinny Giles 8 & 7 Mark James
1974 Muirfieldmarker Trevor Homer 2 up Jim Gabrielsen
1973 Royal Porthcawl Golf Clubmarker Dick Siderowf 5 & 3 Peter H. Moody
1972 Royal St. George's Golf Club Trevor Homer 4 & 3 Alan Thirlwell
1971 Carnoustie Golf Linksmarker Steve Melnyk 3 & 2 Jim Simons
1970 Royal County Down Golf Clubmarker Michael Bonallack 8 & 7 Bill Hyndman
1969 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Michael Bonallack 3 & 2 Bill Hyndman
1968 Royal Troon Golf Clubmarker Michael Bonallack 7 & 6 Joe Carr
1967 Formby Golf Clubmarker Bob Dickson 2 & 1 Ron Cerrudo
1966 Carnoustie Golf Linksmarker Bobby Cole 3 & 2 Ronnie Shade
1965 Royal Porthcawl Golf Clubmarker Michael Bonallack 2 & 1 Clive Clark
1964 Ganton Golf Clubmarker Gordon Clark 39 holes Michael Lunt
1963 St. Andrews Linksmarker Michael Lunt 2 & 1 John Blackwell
1962 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Richard Davies 1 up John Povall
1961 Turnberrymarker Michael Bonallack 6 & 4 James Walker
1960 Royal Portrush Golf Clubmarker Joe Carr 8 & 7 Robert Cochran
1959 Royal St. George's Golf Club Deane Beman 3 & 2 Bill Hyndman
1958 St. Andrews Linksmarker Joe Carr 3 & 2 Alan Thirlwell
1957 Formby Golf Clubmarker Reid Jack 2 & 1 Harold Ridgley
1956 Royal Troon Golf Clubmarker John Beharrell 5 & 4 Leslie Taylor
1955 Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club Joe Conrad 3 & 2 Alan Slater
1954 Muirfieldmarker Douglas Bachli 2 & 1 William C. Campbell
1953 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Joe Carr 2 up Harvie Ward
1952 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker Harvie Ward 6 & 5 Frank Stranahan
1951 Royal Porthcawl Golf Clubmarker Dick Chapman 5 & 4 Charles Coe
1950 St. Andrews Linksmarker Frank Stranahan 8 & 6 Dick Chapman
1949 Portmarnock Golf Club Samuel McCready 2 & 1 Willie Turnesa
1948 Royal St. George's Golf Club Frank Stranahan 5 & 4 Charles Stowe
1947 Carnoustie Golf Linksmarker Willie Turnesa 3 & 2 Dick Chapman
1946 Royal Birkdale Golf Clubmarker James Bruen 4 & 3 Robert Sweeny Jr.
1940-45: Not played due to World War II
1939 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Alexander Kyle 2 & 1 A.A. Duncan
1938 Royal Troon Golf Clubmarker Charles Yates 3 & 2 Cecil Ewing
1937 Royal St. George's Golf Club Robert Sweeny Jr. 3 & 2 Lionel Munn
1936 St. Andrews Linksmarker Hector Thomson 2 up Jim Ferrier
1935 Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club Lawson Little 1 up William Tweddell
1934 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker Lawson Little 14 & 13 J. Wallace
1933 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Michael Scott 4 & 3 T.A. Bourn
1932 Muirfieldmarker John De Forest 3 & 1 Eric Fiddian
1931 Royal North Devon Golf Clubmarker Eric Martin-Smith 1 up John De Forest
1930 St. Andrews Linksmarker Bobby Jones 7 & 6 Roger Wethered
1929 Royal St. George's Golf Club Cyril Tolley 4 & 3 J. Nelson Smith
1928 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker Phil Perkins 6 & 4 Roger Wethered
1927 Royal Liverpool Golf Club William Tweddell 7 & 6 D.E. Landale
1926 Muirfieldmarker Jess Sweetser 6 & 5 A.F. Simpson
1925 Royal North Devon Golf Clubmarker Robert Harris 13 & 12 Kenneth F. Fradgley
1924 St. Andrews Linksmarker Ernest Holderness 3 & 2 E.F. Storey
1923 Royal Cinque Ports Golf Clubmarker Roger Wethered 7 & 6 Robert Harris
1922 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker Ernest Holderness 1 up John Caven
1921 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Willie Hunter 12 & 11 Allan Graham
1920 Muirfieldmarker Cyril Tolley 37 holes Robert A. Gardner
1915-19: Not played due to World War I
1914 Royal St. George's Golf Club J.L.C. Jenkins 3 & 2 Charles O. Hezlet
1913 St. Andrews Linksmarker Harold Hilton 6 & 5 Robert Harris
1912 Royal North Devon Golf Clubmarker John Ball 38 holes Abe Mitchell
1911 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker Harold Hilton 4 & 3 E.A. Lassen
1910 Royal Liverpool Golf Club John Ball 10 & 9 C.C. Aylmer
1909 Muirfieldmarker Robert Maxwell 1 up C.K. Hutchison
1908 Royal St. George's Golf Club E.A. Lassen 7 & 6 H.E. Taylor
1907 St. Andrews Linksmarker John Ball 6 & 4 C.A. Palmer
1906 Royal Liverpool Golf Club James Robb 4 & 3 C.C. Lingen
1905 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker Arthur Barry 3 & 2 Osmund Scott
1904 Royal St. George's Golf Club Walter Travis 4 & 3 Edward Blackwell
1903 Muirfieldmarker Robert Maxwell 7 & 5 Horace Hutchinson
1902 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Charles Hutchings 1 up Sidney Fry
1901 St. Andrews Linksmarker Harold Hilton 1 up John L. Low
1900 Royal St. George's Golf Club Harold Hilton 8 & 7 James Robb
1899 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker John Ball 37 holes Freddie Tait
1898 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Freddie Tait 7 & 5 S. Mure Fergusson
1897 Muirfieldmarker Jack Allan 4 & 2 James Robb
1896 Royal St. George's Golf Club Freddie Tait 8 & 7 Harold Hilton
1895 St. Andrews Linksmarker Leslie Balfour-Melville 19 holes John Ball
1894 Royal Liverpool Golf Club John Ball 1 up S. Mure Fergusson
1893 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker P.C. Anderson 1 up Johnny Laidlay
1892 Royal St. George's Golf Club John Ball 3 & 1 Harold Hilton
1891 St. Andrews Linksmarker Johnny Laidlay 20 holes Harold Hilton
1890 Royal Liverpool Golf Club John Ball 4 & 3 Johnny Laidlay
1889 St. Andrews Linksmarker Johnny Laidlay 2 & 1 Leslie Balfour-Melville
1888 Prestwick Golf Clubmarker John Ball 5 & 4 Johnny Laidlay
1887 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Horace Hutchinson 1 up John Ball
1886 St. Andrews Linksmarker Horace Hutchinson 7 & 6 Henry Lamb
1885 Royal Liverpool Golf Club Allen MacFie 7 & 6 Horace Hutchinson


Multiple winners

Sixteen players have won more than one Amateur Championship, through 2007:



Three players have won both the Amateur and the Open:
  • John Ball - 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894, 1899, 1907, 1910, 1912 Amateurs; 1890 Open
  • Harold Hilton - 1900, 1901, 1911, 1913 Amateurs; 1892, 1897 Opens
  • Bobby Jones - 1930 Amateur; 1926, 1927, 1930 Opens


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