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1872 Tom Morris Jr. ('Young Tom') wins his fourth consecutive Open Championship at Prestwick, and remains to this day the only man to win the Open four times in a row.
His victories in fact came in 1868, '69, '70 and '72, but were nevertheless consecutive, since he had won the Championship Belt outright in 1870 with his third win, meaning there was no trophy available in 1871 and the event was not held. The Claret Jug was commissioned for the 1872 tournament, although it was not delivered in time for Young Tom's win, so a medal was struck for the presentation, a tradition which continues today, and was his to keep. The Claret Jug, duly engraved with his name, was given to him some weeks later, but only to keep until the next Championship.

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