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The Claret Jug, or the Golf Champion Trophy to give it its official name, is the most sought-after prize at the Open this week – but it isn’t the only prize which is handed out.
In fact, there are seven prizes in total which are handed out, some of which you may never have heard of before. Allow us to explain…
The Golf Champion Trophy
More commonly known as the Claret Jug, it has been awarded to the winner since 1873 although Young Tom Morris, winner in 1872, is the first name engraved on it. The winner keeps the trophy until the next Open, at which point it must be returned, with a replica is provided as a replacement.
The Gold Medal
As well as the Claret Jug, a gold medal is also awarded to the winner of the Open. It was first handed out in 1872 when the Claret Jug wasn’t ready and has since been awarded to all champions
The Silver Medal
Awarded since 1949 to the leading amateur completing the final round. Past winners include Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick.
The Bronze Medal
Awarded since 1972 to all other amateurs who make the cut and play all four rounds.
Ryle Memorial Medal
The Professional Golfers’ Association of Great Britain & Ireland also mark the achievements of their own members in the Open. The Ryle Memorial Medal has been awarded since 1901 to the winner if he is a PGA member.
Braid Taylor Memorial Medal
Awarded since 1966 to the highest finishing PGA member. It is restricted to members born in, or with a parent or parents born in, the UK or Republic of Ireland.
Tooting Bec Cup
Awarded since 1924 to the PGA member born in, or with a parent or parents born in, the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland who returns the lowest single-round score in The Open Championship. A medal rather than a trophy, it is It is the PGA’s oldest prize, predating the northern section’s Leeds Cup which was first contested in 1902.
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