1989 Open Championship

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1989 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 20–23 July 1989
Location Troon, Scotland
Course(s) Royal Troon Golf Club
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 7,097 yards (6,489 m)[1][2]
Field 156 players, 80 after cut[1]
Cut 146 (+2)[1]
Prize fund £725,000
$1,165,600
Winner's share £80,000
$128,000
Champion
United States Mark Calcavecchia
275 (−13), playoff
Royal Troon is located in Scotland
Royal Troon
Royal Troon
Location in Scotland
Royal Troon is located in South Ayrshire
Royal Troon
Royal Troon
Location in South Ayrshire, Scotland

The 1989 Open Championship was the 118th Open Championship, held 20–23 July at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland. Mark Calcavecchia won his only major championship in a playoff over Greg Norman and Wayne Grady.[3][4][5] It was the first playoff at the Open in fourteen years and the first use off the four-hole aggregate playoff, adopted in 1985.[6] The playoff was formerly 18 holes the following day (and 36 holes prior to 1964).[7] Calcavecchia was the first American champion at The Open in six years.[8] Norman shot a course record 64 (−8) in the final round to get into the playoff.[9]

Course[edit]

Main article: Royal Troon Golf Club

Old Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Seal 364 4 10 Sandhills 438 4
2 Black Rock 391 4 11 The Railway 481 5
3 Gyaws 379 4 12 The Fox 431 4
4 Dunure 557 5 13 Burmah 465 4
5 Greenan 210 3 14 Alton 179 3
6 Turnberry 577 5 15 Crosbie 457 4
7 Tel-el-Kebir 402 4 16 Well 542 5
8 Postage Stamp 126 3 17 Rabbit 223 3
9 The Monk 423 4 18 Craigend 452 4
Out 3,429 36 In 3,668 36
Source:[2] Total 7,097 72

Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1950):[10]

  • 1982: 7,067 yards (6,462 m), par 72
  • 1973: 7,064 yards (6,459 m), par 72
  • 1962: 7,045 yards (6,442 m), par 72
  • 1950: 6,583 yards (6,019 m), par 70

Opens from 1962 through 1989 played the 11th hole as a par-5.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Greg Norman  Australia 1986 69 70 72 64 275 −13 T2
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
69 68 68 72 277 −11 4
Nick Faldo  England 1987 71 71 70 69 281 −7 T11
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970, 1978 74 71 71 70 286 −2 T30
Lee Trevino  United States 1971, 1972 68 73 73 74 288 E T42
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 73 73 71 72 289 +1 T46
Johnny Miller  United States 1976 72 69 76 73 290 +2 T49
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 72 73 76 78 299 +11 T77

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Tom Weiskopf  United States 1973 74 73 147 +3
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 79 73 152 +8
Tony Jacklin  England 1969 80 77 157 +13
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 82 82 164 +20

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 20 July 1989

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Wayne Stephens  England 66 −6
T2 Paul Azinger  United States 68 −4
Fred Couples  United States
Wayne Grady  Australia
Miguel Ángel Martín  Spain
José María Olazábal  Spain
Eduardo Romero  Argentina
Lee Trevino  United States
T9 Derrick Cooper  England 69 −3
Mark James  England
Gavan Levenson  South Africa
Brian Marchbank  Scotland
Greg Norman  Australia
Steve Pate  United States
Philip Walton  Ireland
Tom Watson  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, 21 July 1989

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Wayne Grady  Australia 68-67=135 −9
T2 Payne Stewart  United States 72-65=137 −7
Tom Watson  United States 69-68=137
T4 David Feherty  Northern Ireland 71-67=138 −6
Eduardo Romero  Argentina 68-70=138
Wayne Stephens  England 66-72=138
T7 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 71-68=139 −5
Derrick Cooper  England 69-70=139
Fred Couples  United States 68-71=139
Mark James  England 69-70=139
Mark McCumber  United States 71-68=139
Greg Norman  Australia 69-70=139
Steve Pate  United States 69-70=139
Scott Simpson  United States 73-66=139

Amateurs: Claydon (E), Karlsson (+1), Els (+4), Evans (+5), Dodd (+10), Milne (+10), Hare (+11), O'Shea (+11), Noon (+14), Meeks (+17).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 22 July 1989

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Wayne Grady  Australia 68-67-69=204 −12
2 Tom Watson  United States 69-68-68=205 −11
3 Payne Stewart  United States 72-65-69=206 −10
T4 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 71-68-68=207 −9
Fred Couples  United States 68-71-68=207
David Feherty  Northern Ireland 71-67-69=207
T7 Paul Azinger  United States 68-73-67=208 −8
Jodie Mudd  United States 73-67-68=208
T9 Mark McCumber  United States 71-68-70=209 −7
José María Olazábal  Spain 68-72-69=209
Steve Pate  United States 69-70-70=209

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 23 July 1989

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
T1 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 71-68-68-68=275 −13 Playoff
Greg Norman  Australia 69-70-72-64=275
Wayne Grady  Australia 68-67-69-71=275
4 Tom Watson  United States 69-68-68-72=277 −11 40,000
5 Jodie Mudd  United States 73-67-68-70=278 −10 30,000
T6 Fred Couples  United States 68-71-68-72=279 −9 26,000
David Feherty  Northern Ireland 71-67-69-72=279
T8 Eduardo Romero  Argentina 68-70-75-67=280 −8 21,000
Paul Azinger  United States 68-73-67-72=280
Payne Stewart  United States 72-65-69-74=280

Amateurs: Claydon (+5), Karlsson (+11).

Source:[3][11]

Playoff[edit]

Place Player Country Score
To par Money (£)
1 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 4-3-3-3=13 −2 80,000
T2 Wayne Grady  Australia 4-4-4-4=16 +1 55,000
Greg Norman  Australia 3-3-4-x=x x

The four-hole aggregate playoff was held on holes 1, 2, 17, and 18; three par fours and a par three (#17).[5][6]

Scorecard[edit]

Playoff

Hole  1   2  17 18
Par 4 4 3 4
United States Calcavecchia E −1 −1 −2
Australia Grady E E +1 +1
Australia Norman −1 −2 −1 x

Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par
Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 43, 203. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "British Open Hole by Hole". Times Daily. Florence, Alabama. Associated Press. 16 July 1989. p. 8B. 
  3. ^ a b c Green, Bob (24 July 1989). "Calcavecchia wins British title". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. p. C1. 
  4. ^ "Calcavecchia tops British Open". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Knight News Service. 24 July 1989. p. 17. 
  5. ^ a b Reilly, Rick (31 July 1989). "High noon at Troon". Sports Illustrated. 
  6. ^ a b Parascenzo, Marino (24 July 1989). "Calcavecchia wins British Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 9. 
  7. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 208. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Siddons, Larry (24 July 1989). "American survives Shark attack". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. Associated Press. p. D1. 
  9. ^ Gretz, Bob (24 July 1989). "Calcavecchia pulls off British Open surprise". Pittsburgh Press. Scripps Howard News. p. D1. 
  10. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 33, 203. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "1989 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1989 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1989 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 55°18′58″N 4°49′55″W / 55.316°N 4.832°W / 55.316; -4.832