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The Aussie who could have been our first Open champion

When the 150th Open Championship begins at St Andrews on Thursday, there will be 11 Australians taking part. A century ago there was only one, and if not for one dramatic collapse he would have been Australia’s first Open champion.

The name Joe Kirkwood is etched into Australian golf history as the winner of the Australian PGA Championship each year is presented with the Joe Kirkwood Cup.

Aussies At The Open, a new book written by Tony Webeck and Steve Keipert, charts the history of Australian performances at golf’s oldest and most treasured Major championship, including the extraordinary record of Kirkwood in the wake of World War I.

Tasmanian brothers Clyde and Bruce Pearce were the first to travel from Australia to contest the Open Championship in 1911, but it was a further decade before Australia was once again represented.



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