When it comes to the traditional "Fall Classic," Americans equate that with the World Series, which has been around in its present form since 1903. And most golf fans think of the Open Championship as having a late summer place on the golfing calendar.
But that wasn't always the case. On Oct. 4, 1873 -- 141 years ago today -- two traditions began that are the pinnacle of any golfer's career aspirations. First, the Open Championship was held at St. Andrews for the first of 28 times. And second, winner Tom Kidd was presented with a new silver claret jug.
According to the minutes of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, dated May 1, state that the green committee had been "empowered to enter into communication with other clubs with a view to effecting a revival of the Championship Belt, and they were authorised to contribute a sum not exceeding 15 from the funds of the club."
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Afterwards, he was awarded the claret jug. But Kidd's name was not the first to be engraved on the trophy. Instead, that honor went to Tom Morris Jr., who had won the previous Open.
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