So who was the first American golfer to win the Open Championship? This is actually a question we can pose two different ways, with two different answers:
- Who was the first American citizen to win the British Open? Answer: Jock Hutchison.
- Who was the first golfer born in the United States to win the British Open? Answer: Walter Hagen.
The answers are different, but the two golfers who are the answers to these questions won their Open Championships in back-to-back years.
At the 1921 British Open, Jock Hutchison became the first American winner of the tournament. Hutchison was a native of St. Andrews, Scotland (and won the 1921 Open on The Old Course at St. Andrews), but became an American citizen in 1920.
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