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1916 Herbert Gustavus Max Faulkner is born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England, the last British winner of the Open Championship in 1951 at Royal Portrush before a 17 year period of overseas domination. Leading by six shots with a round to play, he is said to have signed autographs as "1951 Open Champion", a boast he carried out, winning by a margin of two shots from Antonio Cerdá. He played in five Ryder Cups, including the 1957 Match at Lindrick when the GB&I team defeated the USA for the only time between 1933 and 1985. A flamboyant character, he was in a fashion sense the Doug Sanders or Ian Poulter of his day. After Faulkner, the next British winner of The Open would be Tony Jacklin, with his victory in the 1969 Open at Lytham St. Annes.

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