2007 Open Championship
|Dates||19–22 July 2007|
|Course(s)||Carnoustie Golf Links
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,421 yards (6,786 m)|
|Field||156 players, 70 after cut|
|277 (−7), playoff|
The 2007 Open Championship was the 136th Open Championship, played 19–22 July at Carnoustie Golf Links. Pádraig Harrington of Ireland defeated Sergio García of Spain in a playoff to take the title and his first major championship. A field of 156 players participated in the championship, and the purse was £4,200,000 (an increase of £200,000 over 2006); the winner received £750,000 (an increase of £30,000 over 2006). Using conversion rates at the time of the tournament, the purse was €6,158,474 for the European Tour's Order of Merit rankings and US$8,637,720 for the PGA Tour's money list.
- 1 History of The Open Championship at Carnoustie
- 2 Course layout
- 3 Field
- 4 Past champions in the field
- 5 Round summaries
- 6 References
- 7 External links
History of The Open Championship at Carnoustie
Carnoustie hosted its first Open Championship in 1931 and the 2007 Open was the seventh to be held at Carnoustie, and third consecutive to end in a playoff. Carnoustie's prestige in the golf community is irrefutable as the list of champions includes Tommy Armour (1931), Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975) and Paul Lawrie (1999). The 1999 championship was nicknamed "Carnastie" due to how difficult the course and conditions were. Frenchman Jean van de Velde went into the 18th hole needing only a double-bogey to win the championship. He triple-bogeyed the hole and went to a playoff with Lawrie and Justin Leonard of the United States. Lawrie won the Open after a four hole playoff. Watson's win in 1975, his first of five Open Championships (and eight majors), came after a full-round playoff with Jack Newton of Australia.
Carnoustie Golf Links – Championship Course
|3||Jockie's Burn||358||4||12||Southward Ho||499||4|
|6||Hogan's Alley||578||5||15||Lucky Slap||472||4|
Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1950):
- 1999: 7,361 yards (6,731 m), par 71
- 1975: 7,065 yards (6,460 m), par 72
- 1968: 7,252 yards (6,631 m), par 72
- 1953: 6,701 yards (6,127 m)
The field consisted of 156 golfers. Seventy players made the 36-hole cut at 146 (+4) or better.
1. First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place in the 2006 Open Championship
Ángel Cabrera, Chris DiMarco, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Sergio García, Carl Pettersson, Andrés Romero, Adam Scott, Hideto Tanihara, Tiger Woods.
2. Past Open Champions aged 65 or under
Mark Calcavecchia, Ben Curtis, John Daly, Nick Faldo, Todd Hamilton, Tony Jacklin, Paul Lawrie, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, Sandy Lyle, Mark O'Meara,
(Eligible but not competing: Ian Baker-Finch, Seve Ballesteros, David Duval, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Bill Rogers, Tom Watson)
3. The first 50 players on the Official World Golf Rankings for 28 May 2007
Robert Allenby, Stephen Ames, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Chad Campbell, Paul Casey, K. J. Choi, Stewart Cink, Luke Donald, Joe Durant, Niclas Fasth, Retief Goosen, Anders Hansen, Pádraig Harrington, Charles Howell III, David Howell, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Robert Karlsson, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie, Aaron Oberholser, Geoff Ogilvy, Nick O'Hern, José María Olazábal, Rod Pampling, Ian Poulter, John Rollins, Justin Rose, Rory Sabbatini, Charl Schwartzel, Vijay Singh, Henrik Stenson, Richard Sterne Steve Stricker, Vaughn Taylor, David Toms, Scott Verplank, Mike Weir, Lee Westwood, Brett Wetterich
(Eligible but not competing: Tim Clark)
12. First 3 and anyone tying for 3rd place, not exempt having applied above, in the top 20 of the Official Money List of the 2007 PGA Tour on completion of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Nick Watney, Boo Weekley
13. First 2 PGA Tour members and any PGA Tour members tying for 2nd place, not exempt, in a cumulative money list taken from The Players Championship and the five PGA Tour events leading up to and including the 2008 AT&T National
(Eligible but not competing: Woody Austin)
20. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, not exempt having applied (26) above, in a cumulative money list taken from all official Japan Golf Tour events from the 2007 Japan PGA Championship up to and including the 2007 Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic
Tomohiro Kondo, Toshimitsu Izawa
International Final Qualifying
- Africa: Desvonde Botes, Adilson da Silva, Doug McGuigan, Terry Pilkadaris
- Australasia: Ben Bunny, Peter Fowler, Scott Laycock, Ewan Porter:
- Asia: Ross Bain, David Gleeson, Adam Groom, Lam Chih Bing, Won Joon Lee
- America: Brian Davis, Mark Hensby, Charley Hoffman, Anders Hultman, Jerry Kelly, Matt Kuchar,, Spencer Levin Ryan Moore, Sean O'Hair, Michael Putnam, John Senden, Duffy Waldorf
- Europe:Fredrik Andersson Hed, Benn Barham Grégory Bourdy, Peter Baker, Nick Dougherty, Mattias Eliasson, Ross Fisher, Alastair Forsyth, Mark Foster, David Frost, Peter Hanson, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, José-Filipe Lima, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Oliver Wilson
Local Final Qualifying
- Downfield: Jon Bevan, Scott Drummond, David Higgins
- Monifieth: David Coupland (a), Paul Waring (a), Llewellyn Matthews (a)
- Montrose: Justin Kehoe, David Shacklady, Matthew Zions
- Panmure: Kevin Harper, Steven Alker, Steve Parry
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) Won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||2002||72||70||68||69||279||−5||T4|
|Ben Curtis||United States||2003||72||74||70||65||281||−3||T8|
|Tiger Woods||United States||2000, 2005, 2006||69||74||69||70||282||−2||T12|
|Mark Calcavecchia||United States||1989||74||70||72||69||285||+1||T23|
|Tom Lehman||United States||1996||73||73||74||73||283||+9||T51|
|Mark O'Meara||United States||1998||74||72||76||74||296||+12||T60|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) Won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Justin Leonard||United States||1997||74||73||147||+5|
|John Daly||United States||1995||74||76||150||+8|
|Nick Faldo||England||1987, 1990, 1992||79||73||152||+10|
|Todd Hamilton||United States||2004||81||72||156||+11|
Friday, 19 July 2007
Sergio García led the field after the first round. When the Open was last held at Carnoustie in 1999, García shot a first round 89 and went on to miss the cut. Amateur Rory McIlroy shot the only bogey-free round on the day, finishing with a 68 (−3). McIlroy qualified for the Open by winning the European Amateur Championship for 2006. Tiger Woods began his campaign for his third straight Open Championship by shooting a 69 (−2), including an eagle at Hogan's Alley, the famous 6th hole at Carnoustie. Paul McGinley shot a bogey-free round through 14 but then bogeyed the 15th and 16th holes. John Daly suffered an incredible swoon, scoring −5 after three birdies and an eagle on 11, only to get a double bogey on 12, triple bogey on 14, and three more bogeys on the way to a 74 (+3) for the round and eventually missed the cut. The scoring average on the day was 73.72 (+2.72).
|Michael Campbell||New Zealand|
|Rory McIlroy (a)||Northern Ireland|
|Boo Weekley||United States|
|T8||K.J. Choi||South Korea||69||−2|
|Stewart Cink||United States|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain|
|Tiger Woods||United States|
Friday, 20 July 2007
Day 1 leader Sergio García shot a 71 (E) today to stay at −6 and led by 2 strokes. Amateur Rory McIlroy was the story of day 1 and shot a 76 (+5) to drop to +2 which put him in a tie for 31st going into the weekend. Paul McGinley shot a 75 (+4) to drop to even par; the Irishman had started the day in second place. Tiger Woods shot a disappointing 74 (+3) including a double bogey on the first hole. Mike Weir shot the best round of the day with a 68 (−3), which moved him into a tie for third place going into the weekend. The 36-hole cut fluctuated between +4 and +5 until it settled at +4, and the scoring average for the second round was 74.10 (+3.10).
|2||K.J. Choi||South Korea||69-69=138||−4|
|T3||Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||69-70=139||−3|
|T5||Jim Furyk||United States||70-70=140||−2|
|Boo Weekley||United States||68-72=140|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||70-71=141|
|J. J. Henry||United States||70-71=141|
Notable players who missed the cut
|Justin Leonard||United States||74-73=147|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||71-77=148||+6|
|David Toms||United States||71-77=148|
|John Daly||United States||74-76=150||+8|
|Davis Love III||United States||79-71=150|
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Sergio García shot a 68 (−3) to extend his lead to three strokes and was now at −9 after 54 holes. Paul McGinley rebounded from his second round 75 to shoot a 68 (−3), −3 for the tournament, in a tie for third place with six other players going into the final round. Tiger Woods shot a 69 (−2) which put him at −1 going into the weekend. At 8 strokes behind the leader it appeared that his quest for a third straight Open Championship would fall short. Tiger had never won a major when trailing after 54 holes. The best round on the day was an amazing 64 (−7) by Steve Stricker, which was the lowest ever for an Open Championship round at Carnoustie, and also tied the course record (Alan Tait scored 64 during a pro-am in 1994, and Colin Montgomerie scored the same during the Scottish Open in 1995). Stricker birdied five of the first seven holes en route to a bogey-free round with 7 birdies. Stricker was at +1 going into the day and ended the day in second alone, 3 strokes behind García. Chris DiMarco scored 66 (−5) to move into the group tied for third at −3, six shots behind. García has never won a major championship, and for the first time in his career held the lead at a major championship heading into the final round. The only Spaniard to win the Open is Hall of Famer Seve Ballesteros, who has won it three times. The scoring average on the day was 71.61 (+0.61).
|2||Steve Stricker||United States||71-72-64=207||−6|
|K.J. Choi||South Korea||69-69-72=210|
|Hunter Mahan||United States||69-73-68=210|
|Chris DiMarco||United States||74-70-66=210|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||72-70-68=210|
|T10||Jim Furyk||United States||70-70-71=211||−2|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||69-70-72=211|
Sunday, 22 July 2007
Another wild final round had numerous lead changes, and it came down to Sergio García, Andres Romero, and Pádraig Harrington in the final holes. García struggled at times during his only over-par round of the tournament, but was still at 8-under (+1 for the day) entering the last couple of holes. Meanwhile, Harrington had four birdies followed by an eagle at the 14th hole to move to 9-under for the championship, and stood on the 18th tee with a one-shot lead. Harrington went into the Barry Burn twice, but salvaged a double-bogey six to finish with a round of 67 (−4), 7-under for the tournament. García, who now had a one-shot lead on the par-4 72nd hole, found a greenside bunker with his approach shot. He left himself a ten footer (3 m) for par and the title, but the putt lipped out and he had to settle for a playoff, scoring a 73 (+2) for the round.
Romero shot par or better in every round, and had ten birdies Sunday. He was at 9-under after 70 holes with a two-stroke lead, but the Argentine was done in by a double bogey-bogey ending to finish a single stroke out of the playoff. The best round of the day was by Richard Green who shot a 64 (−7). The Australian equalled the course record during an Open set the previous day by American Steve Stricker, and set the target in the clubhouse on 279. He began the day at +2 and his round put him in a tie for fourth. Rory McIlroy shot +1 on the day, +5 for the tournament, to finish tied 42nd and win the silver medal for top amateur in his first Open. The scoring average on the day was 72.79 (+1.79).
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money (£)|
|T4||Ernie Els||South Africa||72-70-68-69=279||−5||200,000|
|T6||Stewart Cink||United States||73-73-69-65=280||−4||145,500|
|Hunter Mahan||United States||69-73-68-70=280|
|T8||K.J. Choi||South Korea||69-69-72-71=281||−3||94,750|
|Ben Curtis||United States||72-74-70-65=281|
|Steve Stricker||United States||71-72-64-74=281|
Top amateur: Rory McIlroy (+5).
The first 10 players, plus ties, are invited to the 2008 Open Championship.
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Pádraig Harrington became the first Irishman to win the Open Championship in 60 years, defeating Sergio García in a playoff. The four-hole aggregate playoff included holes 1, 16, 17, and 18. Harrington birdied the par-4 first hole while García bogeyed, a two-stroke edge. Both players parred the next two holes (García hit the pin on the par-3 16th but his ball rolled a distance away), so Harrington still led by two strokes heading into the dangerous 18th. Harrington played the hole more cautiously this time, and reached the green in three shots. García gave himself a chance by reaching the green in two, but his birdie putt burned the left edge. Harrington made his short bogey putt to become the first European winner of a major since Paul Lawrie of Scotland triumphed in a three-way playoff at Carnoustie in 1999; the win moved Harrington's world ranking up to sixth.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money (£)|
Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par
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- The Open.com: 2007 Open
- European Tour: 2007 Open Championship
- PGA of America: 2007 Open Championship
- About.com: 2007 Open
2007 U.S. Open
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
2007 PGA Championship