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The Claret Jug...

Kilted Arab

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A wee while back there was discussion about whether the trophy awarded each year was the original Claret Jug...

Well, for those interedted, here's the definitive answer...

"The Golf Champion Trophy, now commonly referred to as the Claret Jug, was made by Mackay Cunningham & Company of Edinburgh and was hallmarked 1873. The first Open Champion to receive the new trophy was the 1873 winner, Tom Kidd, but Tom Morris Junior’s name was the first to be engraved on it as the 1872 winner.

In 1920 all responsibility for The Open Championship was handed over to The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. Following the 1927 Open, which was won at St Andrews by Bobby Jones, the club’s Championship Committee took the decision to retain the Claret Jug in future years and to present the winner with a replica. In 1928, Walter Hagen won the third of his four Open titles and accepted the replica Claret Jug, having already been presented with the original in 1922 and 1924. During the half-century in which the original Claret Jug was used, twenty-eight different players held it aloft, including Harry Vardon on a record six occasions.

In 1990 a further replica was made for display in the new British Golf Museum at St Andrews and in 2000 a third was made for use in travelling exhibitions, and a fourth was created in 2003 for the same purpose.

The original Golf Champion Trophy is on permanent display in The Royal and Ancient Golf Clubhouse. It sits alongside the original first prize, the Challenge Belt, which was donated to the club in 1908 by the grandchildren of Tom Morris Senior.

Open Medals

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The first time a medal was given to the winner was in 1872, when no trophy was available. Unlike the Claret Jug, which must be returned in time for the next Championship, the Gold Medal is kept by the winner. The early Gold Medals, which in fact were silver gilt, were large ovals with a central design of a shield and crossed clubs. Around the edge was the inscription ‘Golf Champion Trophy’. During the late 1880s and early 1890s, the design of the medal underwent several changes. The circular medal was first introduced in 1893 and the basic size and shape has not changed since then."
 

bdcrowe

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Sure, as soon as an American wins it they start using a replica. Figures...
 
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Kilted Arab

Kilted Arab

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bdcrowe said:
Sure, as soon as an American wins it they start using a replica. Figures...

Damned right! You'd have kept it, renamed it the "Dr Pepper Root Beer Yee-hah howdy iced-tea beaker" and built a Disney Land attraction around it.
 

Bravo

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Thank you for the history lesson. I figured that the original was in St. A. It only makes sense.

The new issue of Golf Digest is plastered with articles about The Open Championship and I read a bit of one about Todd Hamilton this morning whilst in the executive reading room (on the crapper).

He said that over the past year, he has taken his "Jug" with him everywhere and often kept in the trunk (boot) of the car. When playing a casual round on a course, he would bring it in to the pro shop for display until he finished play.

Rather casual treatment of it - don't you think?
 

DaveE

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Kilted Arab said:
Damned right! You'd have kept it, renamed it the "Dr Pepper Root Beer Yee-hah howdy iced-tea beaker" and built a Disney Land attraction around it.

Yeah, so what's your point. :D
 

Rainmanp

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You say it like it's a bad thing.

(This post brought to you by Wendy's brand "Frosty" dessert.)
 
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Kilted Arab

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P_102 said:
The replica is also slightly smaller than the original.

P_102

You see? That's how considerate the R&A are - they were obviously concerned about a possible "excess baggage" charge for transatlantic winners.
 
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Bravo said:
Thank you for the history lesson. I figured that the original was in St. A. It only makes sense.

The new issue of Golf Digest is plastered with articles about The Open Championship and I read a bit of one about Todd Hamilton this morning whilst in the executive reading room (on the crapper).

He said that over the past year, he has taken his "Jug" with him everywhere and often kept in the trunk (boot) of the car. When playing a casual round on a course, he would bring it in to the pro shop for display until he finished play.

Rather casual treatment of it - don't you think?


Reading the note, it seems there is an original replica that is presented each year...the winner gets that for 12 months, plus a gold medal.

I think it's kinda neat what Hamilton did, as long as security wasn't an issue. When Els had it, he had it displayed at Wentworth for the year. Security was provided by a top jewellery firm.
 

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