With the Open Championship returning to Royal Liverpool, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to reshare the amazing history of John Ball, Junior. Ball was the first amateur in history to win a professional major and he was the most prolific winner of the Amateur Majors in golf history.

This is the story of Hoylake's original hero – the man that helped bring the Open to Royal Liverpool – the golfer who became the first Englishman to win the Open.

The underrated, John Ball, Junior.

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