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43-year drought at British Open?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by gravehunter, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

    Several online stories (perhaps print too) on the upcoming British Open are referring to a 43-year drought since an English player last won on English soil (Tony Jacklin, 1969).
    Since the 2012 British Open has yet to be played, wouldn't this be a 42-year drought?
    Could someone please explain how and why it's being called a 43-year drought when only 42 have been played since 1969 (but not counting 1969?)

    1970-1979...10 years
    1980-1989...10 years
    1990-1999...10 years
    2000-2009...10 years
    2010...1 year
    2011...1 year
    42 years
  2. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Could it be some odd date snafu where the 1969 Open could have been played in June and the 2012 Open later in the summer?
  3. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    43 years is not the same as 43 Opens.
  4. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    It's been 43 calendar years. And yes, it hurts to write that.
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