Claret Jug gets a workout in trip around the world

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Yesterday, Ernie Els reluctantly gave back the Claret Jug.

But it seems that even the Claret Jug might need a bit of a break -- and maybe a polish or two.

The Open Championship's YouTube channel has been releasing interesting videos over the past month, including a journey around the world with the Claret Jug. Women, men and children alike raised it like a champion would, even giving it a peck or two.

The awarding of the Claret Jug dates back to 1872, originally intended to be a trophy for Young Tom Morris, but would not be formally presented until Tom Kidd won the Open in 1873.

The current Claret Jug -- the original is on display at St. Andrews (read Alex Miceli's blog from the famed course last week) -- was first given to Walter Hagen in 1928.

The last American to win the Open Championship -- Stewart Cink in 2009 -- used the Jug to enjoy some brews. Our Jeff Rude let us in on what he drank. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.