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1870 Tom Morris Jr. ('Young Tom') wins his third consecutive Open Championship at Prestwick, and under the original tournament rules is awarded outright the red morocco leather Championship Belt with a golfing scene engraved on the silver buckle that had been the only trophy since the first playing in 1860.
His victory came with a record score of 149 (47-51-51) for the 36 holes of the Championship, twelve shots better than runners-up Davie Strath and Bob Kirk, and thirteen ahead of his illustrious father 'Old' Tom in fourth. Young Tom's first round 47 was a new Championship record by two shots, and began in spectacular style, holing out from some 200 yards with his third shot to the 578 yard first. This would have been considered a par (or 'bogey' at the time) 6 with the equipment of those days, so he probably achieved the first recorded albatross as well. His total of 149 would not be bettered for as long as the tournament was played over three round of 12 holes,
With the Belt now Tom's personal property, there was no trophy available in 1871 and the event was not held, before the Claret Jug was commissioned for the 1872 Championship.

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