2010 Open Championship
|Dates||15–18 July 2010|
|Location||St Andrews, Scotland|
|Course(s)||Old Course at St Andrews|
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,305 yards (6,680 m)|
|Field||156 players, 77 after cut|
The 2010 Open Championship was the 139th Open Championship, held 15–18 July over the Old Course at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It was celebrated as the 150th anniversary of the founding of The Open in 1860. It was the 28th time The Open was played at St Andrews.
The champion was Louis Oosthuizen with a 16-under-par total of 272, seven strokes clear of runner-up Lee Westwood, with Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson a further stroke behind at 280. It was Oosthuizen's only major championship victory, having only made the cut once from his eight previous appearances, at the PGA Championship in 2008.
St Andrews is considered to be the home of golf, and as such, the current Open Championship rota means that the Old Course plays host to the championship every five years. Given the course's standing, even more attention is given to The Open whenever it visits the historic links.
The previous two Opens at St Andrews, in 2000 and 2005, were both won by Tiger Woods, the first with a record 19-under-par total. The primary change to the course from 2005 was at the par-4 17th hole; a new tee extended the Road Hole to 495 yards (453 m), an increase of 40 yards (37 m). Although not altered, the measurement angle of the dogleg was revised for hole #7, resulting in a new length of 371 yards (339 m), a reduction of 19 yards (17 m).
Card of the course
|3||Cartgate (Out)||397||4||12||Heathery (In)||348||4|
|4||Ginger Beer||480||4||13||Hole O'Cross (In)||465||4|
|5||Hole O'Cross (Out)||568||5||14||Long||618||5|
|6||Heathery (Out)||412||4||15||Cartgate (In)||455||4|
|7||High (Out)||371||4||16||Corner of the Dyke||423||4|
Previous lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):
Each year, around two thirds of The Open Championship field consists of players that are fully exempt from qualifying for the Open. The players who have already qualified for the 2010 Open Championship are listed below. Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.
1. Past Open Champions aged 60 or under on 18 July 2010
Mark Calcavecchia, Stewart Cink (2,5,6,16,20), Ben Curtis (2,4), John Daly, David Duval (2), Ernie Els (2,4,5,6,7,16,20), Nick Faldo, Todd Hamilton (2), Pádraig Harrington (2,4,6,7,14,16), Paul Lawrie, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard (4,5,20), Sandy Lyle, Mark O'Meara, Tom Watson (4,5), Tiger Woods (2,4,6,12,14,16,20)
(Eligible but not playing: Ian Baker-Finch, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Price, Bill Rogers)
(Greg Norman (4) withdrew due to a shoulder injury.)
2. The Open Champions for 2000–2009
3. Past Open Champions born between 17 July 1944 and 19 July 1948
(Eligible but not playing: Johnny Miller)
4. Past Open Champions finishing in the top 10 and tying for 10th place in The Open Championship 2005–2009
5. First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place in the 2009 Open Championship
Thomas Aiken, Luke Donald (6,16), Mathew Goggin, Retief Goosen (6,7,16,20), Søren Hansen (7), Richard S. Johnson, Lee Westwood (6,7), Chris Wood
6. The first 50 players on the Official World Golf Rankings for Week 21, 2010
Robert Allenby (7,20), Ángel Cabrera (12,13,16,20), Paul Casey (7,8), K. J. Choi, Tim Clark (15,20), Ben Crane, Ross Fisher (7), Jim Furyk (16,20), Sergio García (7,15), Lucas Glover (12,16,20), Peter Hanson (7), Yuta Ikeda (25), Ryo Ishikawa (20), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (7,8), Dustin Johnson (16), Zach Johnson (13,16,20), Robert Karlsson, Martin Kaymer (7), Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell (12), Rory McIlroy (7), Hunter Mahan (16,20), Phil Mickelson (13,14,16,20), Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari (7), Kevin Na (16), Geoff Ogilvy (7,12,16,20), Sean O'Hair (16,20), Louis Oosthuizen, Kenny Perry (16,20), Ian Poulter (7), Álvaro Quirós (7), Charl Schwartzel (7), Adam Scott (20), Michael Sim (22), Henrik Stenson (7,15), Steve Stricker (16,20), Thongchai Jaidee (7,21), Camilo Villegas (7,20), Nick Watney (16), Oliver Wilson (7), Y. E. Yang (14,16,20)
(Anthony Kim (20) withdrew due to thumb surgery.)
9. First 3 and anyone tying for 3rd place, not exempt having applied above, in the top 20 of the 2010 PGA European Tour Race to Dubai on completion of the 2010 BMW PGA Championship
Fredrik Andersson Hed, Rhys Davies (the only two golfers in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai at that time who were not already exempt)
10. First 2 European Tour members and any European Tour members tying for 2nd place, not exempt, in a cumulative money list taken from all official PGA European Tour events from OWGR Week 19 up to and including the BMW International Open and including the U.S. Open
Stephen Gallacher, Grégory Havret
12. The U.S. Open Champions for 2006–2010
14. The U.S. PGA Champions for 2005–2009
15. The U.S. PGA Tour Players Champions for 2008–2010
16. Top 30 on the Official 2009 PGA Tour FedEx Cup points list
Jason Dufner, Brian Gay, Jerry Kelly, Marc Leishman, Steve Marino, John Senden, Heath Slocum, Scott Verplank, Mike Weir (20)
(David Toms withdrew due to a shoulder injury.)
17. First 3 and anyone tying for 3rd place, not exempt having applied above, in the top 20 of the FedEx Cup points list of the 2010 PGA Tour on completion of the HP Byron Nelson Championship
Jason Bohn, Bill Haas, J. B. Holmes
18. 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 2010 AT&T National
Justin Rose, Bubba Watson
21. First place on the 2009 Asian Tour Order of Merit
22. First place on the 2009 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit
23. First place on the 2009 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit
27. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, not exempt having applied (26) above, in a cumulative money list taken from all official 2010 Japan Golf Tour events up to and including the 2010 Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic
Kim Kyung-tae, Katsumasa Miyamoto
International Final Qualifying
- Australasia: Kurt Barnes, Ewan Porter, Peter Senior
- Africa: Josh Cunliffe, Darren Fichardt, Jean Hugo
- Asia: Danny Chia, Eric Chun (a), Hiroyuki Fujita, Noh Seung-yul
- America: Glen Day, Martin Laird, George McNeill, Cameron Percy, Tom Pernice, Jr., Tim Petrovic, D. A. Points, Bo Van Pelt
- Europe: Thomas Bjørn, Andrew Coltart, Bradley Dredge, Ignacio Garrido, Estanislao Goya, José Manuel Lara, Shane Lowry, Gareth Maybin, Colin Montgomerie, Marcel Siem
Local Final Qualifying
- Fairmont St Andrews: Laurie Canter (a), Mark Haastrup, Zane Scotland
- Kingsbarns Links: Jamie Abbott (a), Colm Moriarty, Tom Whitehouse
- Ladybank: Phillip Archer, Simon Edwards, Tyrrell Hatton (a)
- Scotscraig: Gary Clark, Paul Streeter, Steven Tiley
- (a) denotes amateur
- Rickie Fowler awarded exemption as highest ranked player not already qualified.
- Jeff Overton awarded exemption as highest ranked player not already qualified.
- Ricky Barnes replaced Anthony Kim.
- Davis Love III replaced David Toms.
- Jason Day replaced Greg Norman.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Tom Lehman||United States||1996||71||68||75||70||284||–4||T14|
|Tiger Woods||United States||2000, 2005, 2006||67||73||73||72||285||–3||T23|
|Stewart Cink||United States||2009||70||74||71||74||289||+1||T48|
|John Daly||United States||1995||66||76||74||73||289||+1||T48|
|Mark Calcavecchia||United States||1989||70||67||77||80||294||+6||73rd|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Mark O'Meara||United States||1998||69||78||147||+3|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||2002||69||79||148||+4|
|Tom Watson||United States||1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983||73||75||148||+4|
|Ben Curtis||United States||2003||76||73||149||+5|
|Todd Hamilton||United States||2004||72||77||149||+5|
|Pádraig Harrington||Ireland||2007, 2008||73||77||150||+6|
|Justin Leonard||United States||1997||76||74||150||+6|
|Nick Faldo||England||1987, 1990, 1992||72||81||153||+9|
|David Duval||United States||2001||77||78||155||+11|
Thursday, 15 July 2010
For the 28th time, the Open Championship took to the Old Course at St Andrews, and it played perhaps the easiest it has in all its history. Overall, 73 golfers played their first round under par. The round of the day was by Rory McIlroy, who tied a major championship record with a round of 63 which was good for −9. It was only the eighth 63 in Open Championship history, and 22nd time a 63 has been carded in major championship history. McIlroy was bogey free and played his last ten holes at −8. South African, Louis Oosthuizen put himself alone in 2nd place after day 1 with a −7, 65. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the first round was turned in by John Daly. The 1995 champion at St Andrews turned in a −6, 66 and was among five golfers tied for third. Bradley Dredge, Peter Hanson, Andrew Coltart, and Steven Tiley were the others tied with Daly at −6. Tiger Woods, who switched from his old Scotty Cameron putter to a Nike Method putter that week, headlined the group of nine tied for 8th at −5. The other notables in that group were 2009 PGA Champion Yang Yong-eun and Lee Westwood. 2009 Open Champion Stewart Cink and 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, each shot one-under 71s which earned them ties for 58th after the first round. 2010 Masters champion Phil Mickelson, struggling with the putter, ended up among those over par with a one-over 73.
|1||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||63||−9|
|2||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||65||−7|
|John Daly||United States|
|T8||Fredrik Andersson Hed||Sweden||67||−5|
|Lucas Glover||United States|
|Sean O'Hair||United States|
|Nick Watney||United States|
|Tiger Woods||United States|
|Yang Yong-eun||South Korea|
Friday, 16 July 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Mark Calcavecchia had the earliest tee time and took advantage of the morning conditions to shoot a 67 (−5) for a 137 (−7). Louis Oosthuizen played in the next group and also shot 67 to move into first place at 132 (−12), five shots ahead of Calcavecchia. Phil Mickelson posted a 71 to get to even-par 144. However, the conditions were significantly worse in the afternoon. Rory McIlroy followed his 63 (−9) in the opening round with 80 (+8) for 143 (−1). Jason Dufner's golf ball would not stay still on the 7th green due to the gale force 40 mph (64 km/h) winds, which caused play to be suspended for 66 minutes. Winds also caused backup on the course, and some rounds took 7½ hours. Tiger Woods had a bad start with bogeys on the first two holes, and despite three-putting four times that day, grinded out to shoot 73 (+1) on Friday for 140 (−4), 8 shots behind the leader. Notable players who missed the cut were Ernie Els, Pádraig Harrington, Tom Watson, and Jim Furyk.
|1||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||65-67=132||−12|
|2||Mark Calcavecchia||United States||70-67=137||−7|
|Jin Jeong (a)||South Korea||68-70=138|
|T7||Ricky Barnes||United States||68-71=139||−5|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||69-70=139|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||72-67=139|
|Tom Lehman||United States||71-68=139|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||71-68=139|
|Sean O'Hair||United States||67-72=139|
- Due to darkness, the second round was suspended at 9:43 pm BST and completed on Saturday morning.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Mark Calcavecchia quickly fell out of contention when he played his first 5 holes 7 over par. Tiger Woods never made a move because of his poor putting, needing 35 putts for the round and had 10 three-putts through 54 holes. Phil Mickelson mounted a charge after being 4-under-par through 13 holes of this round, but fell back with a double-bogey on 16. Louis Oosthuizen's consistency never wavered, and he ended the day with a 4-shot lead over Paul Casey who shot a solid round of 67.
|1||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||65-67-69=201||−15|
|7||Dustin Johnson||United States||69-72-69=210||−6|
|T8||Nick Watney||United States||67-73-71=211||−5|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||69-70-72=211|
|Sean O'Hair||United States||67-72-72=211|
|Ricky Barnes||United States||68-71-72=211|
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Louis Oosthuizen shot a final round 71 to win his first major championship by 7 shots. He played consistently all day, including an eagle at the drivable 9th hole. Paul Casey was in contention until a triple bogey at the 12th, which Oosthuizen birdied. Earlier in the day, Rickie Fowler shot the round of the day with a 67 to move into a tie for 14th despite opening the championship with a 79, and his scorecard that week was 79-67-71-67. Tiger Woods switched back to his old putter with improved results, but poor ball striking left him with an even-par 72. Phil Mickelson made a charge earlier in his round, 2-under-par in his round thru 5 holes, but poor putting led to him playing the rest of his round 5 over par for a 75. Rory McIlroy bounced back well from his 80 on Friday and finished tied for 3rd place.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money (£)|
|1||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||65-67-69-71=272||−16||850,000|
|T3||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||63-80-69-68=280||−8||256,667|
|6||Retief Goosen||South Africa||69-70-72-70=281||−7||175,000|
|Nick Watney||United States||67-73-71-71=282|
|Sean O'Hair||United States||67-72-72-71=282|
Amateurs: Jeong (–4).
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2010 U.S. Open
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