Dr Laidlaw Purves of the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, designed and established the Club in 1887. The Club was intended to serve the needs of London golfers who were only able to play their golf on often crowded and unkept courses in the area. Named St. George’s, it was to become the English rival to Scotland’s St. Andrew’s. Royal status was bestowed on the Club by King Edward VII in May 1902. The Links provides a severe test for even the greatest of golfers and the fact that only three Open winners, Bill Rogers in 1981, Greg Norman in 1993 and Ben Curtis in 2003, have managed to be under par after the 72 holes, speaks for itself.