1991 Open Championship

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1991 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 18–21 July 1991
Location Southport, England
Course(s) Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70[1]
Length 6,940 yards (6,346 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 113 after cut[1]
Cut 148 (+8)[1]
Prize fund £900,000
$1,512,000
Winner's share £90,000
$151,200
Champion
Australia Ian Baker-Finch
272 (–8)
Southport is located in England
Southport
Southport
Location in England
Royal Birkdale Golf Club is located in Southport
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Location in Southport, Merseyside,
north of Liverpool, England

The 1991 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 120th Open Championship, held from 18–21 July at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. Ian Baker-Finch won his only major championship, two strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Harwood.

Baker-Finch was two-over after two rounds in a tie for 28th place, then was ten-under on the weekend. His 66 on Sunday was bolstered by a 29 on the front nine, with birdies on five of the first seven holes.[2][3][4]

The cut at 148 (+8) included those within ten strokes of the lead, which resulted in a record 113 players on the weekend, nearly three-quarters of the field.[5][6]

Course[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 448 417 409 203 346 473 156 458 414 3,324 395 409 184 475 199 543 414 525 472 3,616 6,940
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 34 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 4 36 70

Source:[7]
Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1950):[1]

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 74 68 71 66 279 –1 T9
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 66 73 69 71 279 –1 T9
Lee Trevino  United States 1971, 1972 71 72 71 67 281 +1 T17
Nick Faldo  England 1987, 1990 68 75 70 68 281 +1 T17
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
69 72 72 69 282 +2 T26
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970, 1978 70 75 69 71 285 +5 T44
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 75 71 69 71 286 +6 T57
Tom Weiskopf  United States 1973 74 74 73 73 294 +14 T101

Source:[1][2]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 1989 71 79 150 +10
Johnny Miller  United States 1976 74 80 154 +14
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 79 DQ

Source:[5]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 18 July 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 66 –4
T2 Chip Beck  United States 67 –3
Martin Gates  England
Santiago Luna  Spain
T5 Nick Faldo  England 68 –2
Gary Hallberg  United States
Mike Harwood  Australia
Barry Lane  England
Mark Mouland  Wales
Mike Reid  United States
Costantino Rocca  Italy

Source:[8]

Second round[edit]

Friday, 19 July 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Gary Hallberg  United States 68-70=138 –2
Mike Harwood  Australia 68-70=138
Andrew Oldcorn  Scotland 71-67=138
T4 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 66-73=139 –1
Steve Elkington  Australia 71-68=139
David Gilford  England 72-67=139
Wayne Grady  Australia 69-70=139
Mark O'Meara  United States 71-68=139
Mike Reid  United States 68-71=139
T10 Richard Boxall  England 71-69=140 E
Roger Chapman  England 74-66=140
Howard Clark  England 71-69=140
Mark James  England 72-68=140
Barry Lane  England 68-72=140
Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 71-69=140
Vijay Singh  Fiji 71-69=140

Source:[5]
Amateurs: Mickelson (+4), Payne (+4), Allenby (+9), Roblin (+11), Coltart (+13), Evans (+13), Muntz (+14), Wilshire (+15).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 20 July 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Ian Baker-Finch  Australia 71-71-64=206 –4
Mark O'Meara  United States 71-68-67=206
T3 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 73-68-66=207 –3
Mike Harwood  Australia 68-70-69=207
5 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 66-73-69=208 –2
T6 Mike Reid  United States 68-71-70=209 –1
Vijay Singh  Fiji 71-69-69=209
T8 Mark James  England 72-68-70=210 E
Mark Mouland  Wales 68-74-68=210
Craig Parry  Australia 71-70-69=210
Martin Poxon  England 71-72-67=210

Source:[9]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 21 July 1991

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Ian Baker-Finch  Australia 71-71-64-66=272 –8 90,000
2 Mike Harwood  Australia 68-70-69-67=274 –6 70,000
T3 Fred Couples  United States 72-69-70-64=275 –5 55,000
Mark O'Meara  United States 71-68-67-69=275
T5 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 73-68-66-70=277 –3 34,167
Jodie Mudd  United States 72-70-72-63=277
Bob Tway  United States 75-66-70-66=277
8 Craig Parry  Australia 71-70-69-68=278 –2 27,500
T9 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 66-73-69-71=279 –1 22,833
Bernhard Langer  Germany 71-71-70-67=279
Greg Norman  Australia 74-68-71-66=279

Source:[1][2][10]
Amateurs: Payne (+4), Mickelson (+8)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 41, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Baker-Finch bags Open title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). 22 July 1991. p. D1. 
  3. ^ Reilly, Rick (29 July 1991). "Watch the birdies". Sports Illustrated. p. 18. 
  4. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (22 July 1991). "It's Baker-Finch: Aussie's sizzling 66 wins British Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 7. 
  5. ^ a b c Shapiro, Leonard (20 July 1991). "Unheralded trio lead British Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Washington Post). p. 1D. 
  6. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (20 July 1991). "The kindest cut of all". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17. 
  7. ^ "Stat sheet: British Open". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). 18 July 1991. p. C2. 
  8. ^ "Seve storms back at Birkdale". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). 19 July 1991. p. 1B. 
  9. ^ "O'Meara bears American bid". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). 20 July 1991. p. 1E. 
  10. ^ "1991 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1991 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1991 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 53°37′19″N 3°01′59″W / 53.622°N 3.033°W / 53.622; -3.033