1998 Open Championship

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1998 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16–19 July 1998
Location Southport, England
Course(s) Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par 70[1]
Length 7,018 yards (6,417 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 81 after cut[1]
Cut 146 (+6)[1]
Prize fund £1,700,000
2,483,810
$2,750,000
Winner's share £300,000
€420,000
$493,500
Champion
United States Mark O'Meara
280 (E), playoff
Southport is located in England
Southport
Southport
Location in England

The 1998 Open Championship was the 127th Open Championship, held 16–19 July at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. Mark O'Meara won his second major championship of the year and first Open Championship in a playoff over Brian Watts by two strokes.[2]

Course[edit]

Royal Birkdale Golf Club[3]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 449 421 407 203 344 480 177 457 411 3,349 403 408 183 498 198 544 416 547 472 3,669 7,018
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 34 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 4 36 70

Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1950):[1]

  • 1991: 6,940 yards (6,350 m), par 70
  • 1983: 6,968 yards (6,372 m), par 71
  • 1976: 7,001 yards (6,402 m), par 72
  • 1971: 7,080 yards (6,470 m), par 73
  • 1965: 7,037 yards (6,435 m), par 73
  • 1961: 6,844 yards (6,258 m)
  • 1954: 6,867 yards (6,279 m)

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 71 72 75 72 290 +10 T19
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 1994 66 72 82 72 292 +12 T29
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 1989 69 77 73 74 293 +13 T35
Nick Faldo  England 1987, 1990, 1992 72 73 75 75 295 +15 T44
Justin Leonard  United States 1997 73 73 82 69 297 +17 T57

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 73 75 148 +8
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
73 76 149 +9
Tom Lehman  United States 1996 71 79 150 +10
John Daly  United States 1995 73 78 151 +11
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 77 74 151 +11

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 16 July 1998

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 John Huston  United States 65 –5
Tiger Woods  United States
T3 Fred Couples  United States 66 –4
Nick Price  Zimbabwe
Loren Roberts  United States
T6 Robert Allenby  Australia 67 –3
Brad Faxon  United States
Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden
Davis Love III  United States
Vijay Singh  Fiji

Second round[edit]

Friday, 17 July 1998

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Brian Watts  United States 68-69=137 –3
T2 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 66-72=138 –2
Justin Rose (a)  England 72-66=138
Tiger Woods  United States 65-73=138
5 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 68-71=139 –1
T6 Stephen Ames  Trinidad and Tobago 68-72=140 E
Fred Couples  United States 66-74=140
Jim Furyk  United States 70-70=140
Davis Love III  United States 67-73=140
Mark O'Meara  United States 72-68=140
Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 68-72=140

Amateurs: Rose (-2), García (+4), De Vooght (+6), McCarthy (+8), Kuchar (+10).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 18 July 1998

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Brian Watts  United States 68-69-73=210 E
T2 Jim Furyk  United States 70-70-72=212 +2
Mark O'Meara  United States 72-68-72=212
Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 68-72-72=212
5 Justin Rose (a)  England 72-66-75=213 +3
T6 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 68-71-76=215 +5
Brad Faxon  United States 67-74-74=215
John Huston  United States 65-77-73=215
Tiger Woods  United States 65-73-77=215
T10 David Duval  United States 70-71-75=216 +6
Costantino Rocca  Italy 72-74-70=216
Raymond Russell  Scotland 68-73-75=216
Katsuyoshi Tomori  Japan 75-71-70=216

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 19 July 1998

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
T1 Mark O'Meara  United States 72-68-72-68=280 E Playoff
Brian Watts  United States 68-69-73-70=280
3 Tiger Woods  United States 65-73-77-66=281 +1 135,000
T4 Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 68-72-72-70=282 +2 76,667
Raymond Russell  Scotland 68-73-75-66=282
Jim Furyk  United States 70-70-72-70=282
Justin Rose (a)  England 72-66-75-69=282 0
8 Davis Love III  United States 67-73-77-68=285 +5 49,500
T9 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 68-71-76-71=286 +6 40,850
Costantino Rocca  Italy 72-74-70-70=286

Amateurs: Rose (+2), García (+12), De Vooght (+19).

Source:[4]

Playoff[edit]

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Mark O'Meara  United States 4-4-5-4=17 –1 300,000
2 Brian Watts  United States 5-4-5-5=19 +1 188,000

The four-hole playoff was played over the final four holes (#15-18).
O'Meara birdied the first, while Watts parred, and they halved the next two holes with pars.
Watts bogeyed the final hole, while O'Meara parred to win the title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 32, 203. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Garrity, John (27 July 1998). "Double major". Sports Illustrated. 
  3. ^ "128th Open Championship: course". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 16 July 1998. p. 4C. 
  4. ^ "1998 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1998 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1998 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 53°37′17″N 3°01′57″W / 53.6215°N 3.0325°W / 53.6215; -3.0325