2002 Open Championship

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2002 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 18–21 July 2002
Location Gullane, Scotland
Course(s) Muirfield Golf Links
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par 71[1]
Length 7,034 yards (6,432 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 83 after cut[1]
Cut 144 (+2)[1]
Prize fund £3,800,000
5,947,076
$6,004,760
Winner's share £700,000
€1,095,514
$1,106,140
Champion
South Africa Ernie Els
278 (–6), playoff
Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland

The 2002 Open Championship was the 131st Open Championship, held from 18–21 July at Muirfield Golf Links in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Ernie Els won his first Claret Jug and third major title in a playoff over Stuart Appleby, Steve Elkington, and ultimately in a sudden-death playoff over Thomas Levet.[2][3]

Tiger Woods' bid for the Grand Slam came to a halt on Saturday with the worst round of his career to date, an 81 (+10) in cold, gusty rain.[4] It took him and others out of contention, but he rebounded on Sunday with a six-under 65 and finished at even par, six strokes back. Woods was the first in thirty years to win the first two legs (Masters, U.S. Open), last done by Jack Nicklaus in 1972.[5] Nicklaus' grand slam bid also ended at Muirfield, runner-up by one stroke to Lee Trevino in 1972. The only one to win the first three was Ben Hogan in 1953. Entering the championship, Woods had won seven of the previous eleven majors.[6]

Course[edit]

Main article: Muirfield
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 448 351 378 213 560 468 185 443 508 3,554 475 389 381 191 448 415 186 546 449 3,480 7,034
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 36 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 35 71

Source:[7]

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

  • 1992: 6,970 yards (6,370 m), par 71
  • 1987: 6,963 yards (6,367 m), par 71
  • 1980: 6,926 yards (6,333 m), par 71
  • 1972: 6,892 yards (6,302 m), par 71
  • 1966: 6,887 yards (6,297 m), par 71
  • 1959: 6,806 yards (6,223 m), par 72

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Justin Leonard  United States 1997 71 72 68 70 281 –3 T14
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 1994 68 70 75 68 282 –2 T18
Greg Norman  Australia 1986, 1993 71 72 71 68 282 –2 T18
David Duval  United States 2001 72 71 70 70 283 –1 T22
Mark O'Meara  United States 1998 69 69 77 68 283 –1 T22
Tiger Woods  United States 2000 70 68 81 65 284 E T28
Paul Lawrie  Scotland 1999 70 70 78 71 289 +5 T59
Nick Faldo  England 1987, 1990, 1992 73 69 76 71 289 +5 T59
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 68 76 73 75 292 +8 T76
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 1989 74 66 81 74 295 +11 T80

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Tom Lehman  United States 1996 70 76 146 +4
John Daly  United States 1995 74 77 151 +9
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
77 78 155 +13

Source:[8]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 18 July 2002

Place Player Country Score To par[9]
T1 Carl Pettersson  Sweden 67 –4
David Toms  United States
Duffy Waldorf  United States
T4 Stephen Ames  Trinidad and Tobago 68 –3
Thomas Bjørn  Denmark
Søren Hansen  Denmark
Steve Jones  United States
Sandy Lyle  Scotland
Shigeki Maruyama  Japan
Len Mattiace  United States
Phil Mickelson  United States
Nick Price  Zimbabwe
Jean-François Remésy  France
Justin Rose  England
Des Smyth  Ireland

Second round[edit]

Friday, 19 July 2002

Place Player Country Score To par[10]
T1 Ernie Els  South Africa 70-66=136 –6
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 69-67=136
Shigeki Maruyama  Japan 68-68=136
Bob Tway  United States 70-66=136
Duffy Waldorf  United States 67-69=136
T6 Søren Hansen  Denmark 68-69=137 –5
Carl Pettersson  Sweden 67-70=137
Des Smyth  Ireland 68-69=137
T9 Stephen Ames  Trinidad and Tobago 68-70=138 –4
Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 68-70=138
Thomas Levet  France 72-66=138
Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 74-64=138
Mark O'Meara  United States 69-69=138
Ian Poulter  England 69-69=138
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 68-70=138
Tiger Woods  United States 70-68=138

Amateurs: Young (+5), Kemp (+6), Larrazábal (+10).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 20 July 2002

Place Player Country Score To par[11]
1 Ernie Els  South Africa 70-66-72=208 –5
2 Søren Hansen  Denmark 68-69-73=210 –3
T3 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 68-70-73=211 –2
Sergio García  Spain 71-69-71=211
Justin Leonard  United States 71-72-68=211
Shigeki Maruyama  Japan 68-68-75=211
Scott McCarron  United States 71-68-72=211
Justin Rose  England 68-75-68=211
Des Smyth  Ireland 68-69-74=211
T10 Steve Elkington  Australia 71-73-68=212 –1
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 69-67-76=212
Thomas Levet  France 72-66-74=212
Peter Lonard  Australia 72-72-68=212

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 21 July 2002

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
T1 Ernie Els  South Africa 70-66-72-70=278 –6 Playoff
Thomas Levet  France 72-66-74-66=278
Stuart Appleby  Australia 73-70-70-65=278
Steve Elkington  Australia 71-73-68-66=278
T5 Gary Evans  England 72-68-74-65=279 –5 140,000
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 69-67-76-67=279
Shigeki Maruyama  Japan 68-68-75-68=279
T8 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 68-70-73-69=280 –4 77,500
Sergio García  Spain 71-69-71-69=280
Retief Goosen  South Africa 71-68-74-67=280
Søren Hansen  Denmark 68-69-73-70=280
Scott Hoch  United States 74-69-71-66=280
Peter O'Malley  Australia 72-68-75-65=280

Source:[8]

Playoff[edit]

The four-hole playoff was contested over holes 1, 16, 17, & 18; Levet and Elkington went off in the first pair and Els and Appleby in the last. After a 50-foot (15 m) birdie putt on the second hole (#16, par 3), Levet led by a stroke, but bogeyed the last to tie Els at even-par. Appleby and Elkington also bogeyed the last hole and were eliminated by a stroke.[12] At the first hole (#18) of sudden death, Levet put his tee shot in a fairway bunker and bogeyed. Els saved par from a greenside bunker with a five-foot (1.6 m) putt to win the title.[3]

Place Player Country Score
Sudden
death
Money (£)
1 Ernie Els  South Africa 4-3-5-4=16 4 700,000
T2 Thomas Levet  France 4-2-5-5=16 5 286,667
Stuart Appleby  Australia 4-3-5-5=17
Steve Elkington  Australia 5-3-4-5=17

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 28, 203. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Rushin, Steve (29 July 2002). "Brutish Open". Sports Illustrated. 
  3. ^ a b Ferguson, Doug (22 July 2002). "Someone Els wins Open title". Associated Press. p. C-1. 
  4. ^ Dahlberg, Tim (21 July 2002). "British field gets blown away". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. p. 1D. 
  5. ^ Ferguson, Doug (16 July 2002). "British Open next test for Tiger". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. p. E1. 
  6. ^ Whicker, Mark (18 July 2002). "Incomparable, really". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (Orange County Register). p. D1. 
  7. ^ "British Open: hole-by-hole analysis". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 18 July 2002. p. 3C. 
  8. ^ a b "2002 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "PGA European Tour - Tournaments". Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  10. ^ "PGA European Tour - Tournaments". Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  11. ^ "PGA European Tour - Tournaments". Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  12. ^ "Big, but not easy". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. 22 July 2002. p. C1. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2002 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
2002 PGA Championship

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