2004 Open Championship
|Dates||15–18 July 2004|
|Location||Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland|
|Course(s)||Royal Troon Golf Club,
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,175 yards (6,561 m)|
|Field||156 players, 73 after cut|
|274 (−10), playoff|
Todd Hamilton won his only major championship, defeating 2002 champion Ernie Els by a stroke in a four-hole playoff. Phil Mickelson finished third, followed by Lee Westwood in fourth. Hamilton was the sixth consecutive American to win at Royal Troon.
History of The Open Championship at Royal Troon
Royal Troon first hosted The Open Championship in 1923 and the 2004 Open was its eighth. Royal Troon's list of champions includes Arthur Havers (1923), 4-time Open winner Bobby Locke (1950), 7-time major winner Arnold Palmer (1962), Tom Weiskopf (1973), 5-time Open champion Tom Watson (1982), Mark Calcavecchia (1989), and Justin Leonard (1997).
|2||Black Rock||391||4||11||The Railway||490||4|
Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1950):
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||2002||69||69||68||68||274||−10||2|
|Tiger Woods||United States||2000||70||71||68||72||281||−3||T9|
|Mark Calcavecchia||United States||1989||72||73||69||68||282||−2||T11|
|Justin Leonard||United States||1997||70||72||71||71||288||E||T16|
|Mark O'Meara||United States||1998||71||74||68||75||288||+4||T30|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|John Daly||United States||1995||70||78||148||+6|
|Ben Curtis||United States||2003||75||74||149||+7|
|Greg Norman||Australia||1986, 1993||73||76||149||+7|
|Tom Lehman||United States||1996||73||78||151||+9|
|Nick Faldo||England||1987, 1990, 1992||76||77||153||+11|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||1973||80||80||160||+18|
Thursday, 15 July 2004
Paul Casey and Thomas Levet both carded 66 (−5) and held a two stroke lead over a group of nine players. The group at 3-under included amateur Stuart Wilson and Vijay Singh. Defending champ Ben Curtis carded a 75 (+4). In total there were 39 rounds under par, 25 of those being in the 60s. Home favourite Colin Montgomerie started with a 2-under 69.
|T3||K.J. Choi||South Korea||68||−3|
|Stuart Wilson (a)||England|
Friday, 16 July 2004
Skip Kendall stormed into the lead with a 66 to reach the halfway stage at 135 (−7). Casey dropped down the leaderboard with a 77, while Levet shot a 70 to drop down into second. K.J. Choi continued his good start with a 69, keeping the him in a tie for third place with Barry Lane. Todd Hamilton finished the round with a 67 to move up into a tie for fifth place.
|1||Skip Kendall||United States||69-66=135||−7|
|T3||K.J. Choi||South Korea||68-69=137||−5|
|T5||Michael Campbell||New Zealand||67-71=138||−4|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||69-69=138|
|Todd Hamilton||United States||71-67=138|
|T10||Retief Goosen||South Africa||69-70=139||−3|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||73-66=139|
|Kenny Perry||United States||69-70=139|
|Scott Verplank||United States||69-70=139|
Saturday, 17 July 2004
Hamilton surged up the leader with a second consecutive 67 to finish the day at 205 (−8). Ernie Els, the 2002 champion, moved up to second at 206 with a 68, while one shot behind lay the reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen, and Thomas Levet at 207 (−6).
|1||Todd Hamilton||United States||71-67-67=205||−8|
|2||Ernie Els||South Africa||69-69-68=206||−7|
|T3||Retief Goosen||South Africa||69-70-68=207||−6|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||73-66-68=207|
|T7||Scott Verplank||United States||69-70-70=209||−4|
|Tiger Woods||United States||70-71-68=209|
|T9||Skip Kendall||United States||69-66-75=210||−3|
Sunday, 18 July 2004
A see-saw final round led to a two man playoff between Hamilton and Els. Hamilton, playing in only his eighth major, looked like a sure bet to win after chipping in for birdie from 30 feet (9 m) on the par-3 14th to get to 10 under. Then he holed a 12-foot (4 m) birdie on the par-5 16th to keep his cushion. Els had to make birdies to keep up, and he came through with pure putts on the 16th and 17th. Then came the wild 72nd hole, with Hamilton holding a one shot lead. Hamilton pushed his iron off the tee and into the rough, then chopped it across the fairway next to a guard railing that restricted his swing. Els hit his approach to within the shadow of the flag, a 12-foot birdie attempt. Hamilton chipped to 20 feet (6 m) and missed to take bogey. Els suddenly had a putt to win, but left it short. Mickelson carded a final round 68 to finish a shot back at 275 (−9). A 67 moved Lee Westwood into sole fourth, matching Davis Love III for low score of the final round.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money (£)|
|T1||Todd Hamilton||United States||71-67-67-69=274||−10||Playoff|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||69-69-68-68=274|
|3||Phil Mickelson||United States||73-66-68-68=275||−9||275,000|
|Davis Love III||United States||72-69-71-67=279|
|T7||Retief Goosen||South Africa||69-70-68-73=280||−4||117,500|
|Scott Verplank||United States||69-70-70-71=280|
|Tiger Woods||United States||70-71-68-72=281|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
After 72 holes, Hamilton and Els were tied for the lead at 274 (−10), requiring a four-hole aggregate playoff, played over the 1st, 2nd, 17th, and 18th holes. (The first use of this format in The Open was fifteen years earlier in 1989, also at Royal Troon.) Both players parred the first two holes, both par fours, and Hamilton managed a par 3 on the 222-yard (203 m) 17th. Els overshot the green and bogeyed, then parred the last, leaving Hamilton a par putt to win the Open, which he subsequently holed. Els had all four rounds in the 60s for the second time in an Open without winning; the other time was at Royal St. George's in 1993.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money (£)|
|1||Todd Hamilton||United States||4-4-3-4=15||E||720,000|
|2||Ernie Els||South Africa||4-4-4-4=16||+1||430,000|
Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par
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2004 U.S. Open
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
2004 PGA Championship