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.