1987 Open Championship

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1987 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16–19 July 1987
Location Gullane, Scotland
Course(s) Muirfield
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71[1]
Length 6,963 yards (6,367 m)[1]
Field 153 players, 78 after cut[1]
Cut 146 (+4)[1]
Prize fund £650,000
$1,040,000
Winner's share £75,000
$120,000
Champion
England Nick Faldo
279 (–5)
Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland

The 1987 Open Championship was the 116th Open Championship, held 16–19 July at Muirfield Golf Links in Gullane, Scotland. Nick Faldo won the first of his three Open Championships, one stroke ahead of runners-up Paul Azinger and Rodger Davis.[2] It was the first of Faldo's six major championships.[3] It was the first win at The Open by an Englishman since Tony Jacklin in 1969.[4][5]

This was the thirteenth Open Championship held at Muirfield; the previous was in 1980 and the next in 1992.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
69 69 71 74 283 –1 7
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 76 69 71 70 286 +2 T17
Lee Trevino  United States 1971, 1972 67 74 73 72 286 +2 T17
Greg Norman  Australia 1986 71 71 74 75 291 +7 T35
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979, 1984 73 70 77 75 295 +11 T50
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 72 74 79 75 300 +16 T66
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970, 1978 74 71 81 76 302 +18 T72

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 75 78 153 +11

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 16 July 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Rodger Davis  Australia 64 –7
T2 Ken Green  United States 67 –4
Lee Trevino  United States
Bob Tway  United States
T5 Paul Azinger  United States 68 –3
Nick Faldo  England
Larry Mize  United States
Nick Price  Zimbabwe
T9 Ken Brown  Scotland 69 –2
Mark Calcavecchia  United States
David Graham  Australia
Jay Haas  United States
Bernhard Langer  West Germany
Graham Marsh  Australia
Masashi Ozaki  Japan
Craig Stadler  United States
Gerard Taylor  Australia
Tom Watson  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, 17 July 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Paul Azinger  United States 68-68=136 –6
T2 Rodger Davis  Australia 64-73=137 –5
Nick Faldo  England 68-69=137
Payne Stewart  United States 71-66=137
Gerard Taylor  Australia 69-68=137
T6 David Frost  South Africa 70-68=138 –4
Bernhard Langer  West Germany 69-69=138
Craig Stadler  United States 69-69=138
Tom Watson  United States 69-69=138
T10 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 69-70=139 –3
Graham Marsh  Australia 69-70=139
Carl Mason  England 70-69=139
Larry Mize  United States 68-71=139
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 68-71=139
Bob Tway  United States 67-72=139

Amateurs: Mayo (E), Willison (+4), Winchester (+6), Curry (+9), Hardin (+11), Bottomley (+12), Hird (+12), O'Connell (+12), Ambridge (+13), George (+13), Robinson (+13), Jones (+16), Hamer (+17).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 18 July 1987

After tolerable weather conditions for the first two days, the third round on Saturday was played in a storm of wind and rain.[2][6][7]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Paul Azinger  United States 68-68-71=207 –6
T2 Nick Faldo  England 68-69-71=208 –5
David Frost  South Africa 70-68-70=208
T4 Craig Stadler  United States 69-69-71=209 –4
Payne Stewart  United States 71-66-72=209
Tom Watson  United States 69-69-71=209
7 Raymond Floyd  United States 72-68-70=210 –3
T8 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 69-70-72=211 –2
Rodger Davis  Australia 64-73-74=211
Graham Marsh  Australia 69-70-72=211
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 68-71-72=211

Source[6]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 19 July 1987

The final round was played in a gray mist. Azinger had a three stroke lead at the turn which was soon reduced to one, where it remained through 16 holes. Using a driver at the par-5 17th, he found a fairway bunker off the tee and bogeyed. Now tied with Faldo, Azinger's approach shot from the fairway on 18 found the left greenside bunker and led to another bogey. In the pairing just ahead, Faldo parred all 18 holes to win his first major by a stroke.[4][5]

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Nick Faldo  England 68-69-71-71=279 –5 75,000
T2 Paul Azinger  United States 68-68-71-73=280 –4 49,500
Rodger Davis  Australia 64-73-74-69=280
T4 Ben Crenshaw  United States 73-68-72-68=281 –3 31,000
Payne Stewart  United States 71-66-72-72=281
6 David Frost  South Africa 70-68-70-74=282 –2 26,000
7 Tom Watson  United States 69-69-71-74=283 –1 23,000
T8 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 68-71-72-73=284 E 18,667
Craig Stadler  United States 69-69-71-75=284
Ian Woosnam  Wales 71-69-72-72=284

Amateurs: Mayo (+13), Willison (+21)
Source:[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 45, 203. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Reilly, Rick (27 July 1987). "Very British Open". Sports Illustrated: 18. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Van Sickle, Gary (3 July 2009). "In His Own Words: Nick Faldo on 1987 British Open win at Muirfield". GOLF.com. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Parascenzo, Marino (20 July 1987). "Faldo emerges". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 11. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Green, Bob (20 July 1987). "Faldo first in Azinger of a finish". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. C1. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Feinstein, John (19 July 1987). "Par enough for Azinger". Eugene Register-Guard. (Washington Post). p. 1B. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "They won't soon forget the fabled storm of '87". Eugene Register-Guard. wire services. 19 July 1987. p. 5B. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "1987 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1987 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1987 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 56°02′35″N 2°49′23″W / 56.043°N 2.823°W / 56.043; -2.823