The game of golf is an ancient sport with a rich history and this year’s British Open Championship was no different. In the end, it came down to one man: Tommy Fleetwood.

In the first-ever British Open Championship, a player shot 35 over par at St. Andrews and won a whopping $13.

A who’s who of legends may be found on the list of golfers who have won an Open Championship at St. Andrews. On the 18th hole of the Old Course, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, and Tiger Woods have all raised the Claret Jug at least once.

However, the first person to accomplish so wasn’t really a legend. No, he was a part-time caddy who was born and raised in the St. Andrews region of Scotland. He won the Open at the Old Course in 1873 by dominating his home course.

His reward for the illustrious victory? A huge $13 and a brilliant gold medal.

Tom Kidd’s tale is presented here.

Tom Kidd shot 35 over par to win the inaugural British Open at St. Andrews.

The legendary Old Course at St. Andrews hosted the 13th Open for the first time.

It was won by Tom Kidd with the highest aggregate score recorded in the Championship at the time, after days of heavy rain led to significant areas of the course becoming waterlogged 🌧#TheJourney pic.twitter.com/jtPCVAkFpK

— The Open (@TheOpen) March 2, 2022

Young Tom Morris was the player to beat going into the 1873 Open Championship, the first Open Championship ever played at St. Andrews Golf Links, after winning four consecutive Open events. However, there was another young Tom in the game who was aiming for his first big win.

That person was Tom Kidd, a resident of St. Andrews in his mid-20s who earned a livelihood as a part-time caddy at the Old Course. But he was a hell of a player himself when he wasn’t carrying the bag for someone else.

A “jut-jawed behemoth” with a flair for fashion, Kidd was characterized. He could out-drive just about anybody back then, and he was always easy to see on the golf field because to his constant usage of bright clothing and towering hats.

Kidd gained notoriety in 1873 for reasons other than his showy looks.

Over St. Andrews’ courses, it had been raining practically continually in the days before the 1873 Open. The fairways and greens were now muddy, and the bunkers were more water than sand-filled. But they continued to play nevertheless.

In the first round, Kidd struggled to a wet 91 to tie for the lead. The local player started the second and final round, which was played later that day, in 39 and ended with a tournament-best 88 to win the Open with a total of 35 over par. In the 36-hole Open era, it is the highest winning score that has ever been recorded.

however it was still a successful result.

Kidd left St. Andrews with the Claret Jug and $13 in his pocket.

The plaque commemorating Tom Kidd at St. Andrews. The plaque honoring Tom Kidd’s victory in the first The Open Championship, which was played in St. Andrews, in 1873

Kidd wasn’t simply the first golfer to ever win the Open Championship trophy on the revered St. Andrews grounds. He was the first player to win the Claret Jug for his significant triumph. Although the trophy had been ordered for The Open a year earlier, it wasn’t used until 1873.

Kidd also received a gold medal, a monetary reward of 11 pounds, or little more than $13 in American money, in addition to the Claret Jug. Later on that day, Kidd asked Eliza, his girlfriend, to marry him. He ultimately decided to sell his gold medal and start a new life as a married man with the proceeds (plus his $13 award).

After 1873, Kidd never again won a major title. He left behind his wife and two children when he passed away from heart failure nine years later. Only 35 years old, he.

Let’s keep in mind the guy who began it all as we kick off the 150th Open Championship, the 30th to be hosted at illustrious St. Andrews.

All facts and figures were provided from the BBC and Golf Compendium.

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