1995 Open Championship

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1995 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 20–23 July 1995
Location St Andrews, Scotland
Course(s) Old Course at St Andrews
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 6,933 yards (6,340 m)[1]
Field 159 players, 103 after cut[1]
Cut 148 (+4)[1]
Prize fund £1,250,000
1,876,980
$2,000,000
Winner's share £125,000
€175,000
$199,375
Champion
United States John Daly
282 (−6), playoff
St Andrews is located in Scotland
St Andrews
St Andrews
Location in Scotland

The 1995 Open Championship was the 124th Open Championship held 20–23 July at the Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. John Daly won his first Open Championship and second major title in a four-hole playoff over Costantino Rocca.[2]

Course[edit]

The Old Course at St Andrews[3]

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Burn 370 4 10 Bobby Jones 342 4
2 Dyke 411 4 11 High (In) 172 3
3 Cartgate (Out) 371 4 12 Heathery (In) 316 4
4 Ginger Beer 463 4 13 Hole O'Cross (In) 425 4
5 Hole O'Cross (Out) 564 5 14 Long 567 5
6 Heathery (Out) 416 4 15 Cartgate (In) 413 4
7 High (Out) 372 4 16 Corner of the Dyke 382 4
8 Short 178 3 17 Road 461 4
9 End 356 4 18 Tom Morris 354 4
Out 3,501 36 In 3,432 36
Total 6,933 72

Previous lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):[1]

  • 6,933 yards (6,340 m) - 1990, 1984, 1978
  • 6,957 yards (6,361 m) - 1970:
  • 6,926 yards (6,333 m) - 1964
  • 6,936 yards (6,342 m) - 1960, 1955

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, 1993 71 74 72 70 287 −1 T15
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 1989 71 72 72 74 289 +1 T24
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
67 76 70 77 290 +2 T31
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 75 69 76 71 291 +3 T40
Nick Faldo  England 1987, 1990, 1992 74 67 75 75 291 +3 T40
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 1994 70 74 70 77 291 +3 T40
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 71 73 77 74 295 +7 T68
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970, 1978 78 70 77 71 296 +8 T79
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 71 71 79 75 296 +8 T79

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 73 76 149 +5
Tom Weiskopf  United States 1973 76 75 151 +7
Lee Trevino  United States 1971, 1972 75 77 152 +8
Ian Baker-Finch  Australia 1991 77 76 153 +9
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 83 75 158 +14

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 20 July 1995

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Ben Crenshaw  United States 67 −5
John Daly  United States
Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe
Tom Watson  United States
T5 David Feherty  Northern Ireland 68 −4
Bill Glasson  United States
Mats Hallberg  Sweden
Vijay Singh  Fiji
T9 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 69 −3
John Cook  United States
Jim Gallagher, Jr.  United States
David Gilford  England
Per-Ulrik Johansson  Sweden
Steve Lowery  United States
Corey Pavin  United States
Costantino Rocca  Italy
Gene Sauers  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, 21 July 1995

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 John Daly  United States 67-71=138 −6
Brad Faxon  United States 71-67=138
Katsuyoshi Tomori  Japan 70-68=138
T4 Mark Brooks  United States 70-69=139 −5
John Cook  United States 69-70=139
Ben Crenshaw  United States 67-72=139
Ernie Els  South Africa 71-68=139
Corey Pavin  United States 69-70=139
Costantino Rocca  Italy 69-70=139
T10 Justin Leonard  United States 73-67=140 −4
Vijay Singh  Fiji 68-72=140
Payne Stewart  United States 72-68=140

Amateurs: Sherry (−3), Webster (−2), Woods (+1), Clark (+3), Gallacher (+7).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 22 July 1995

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Michael Campbell  New Zealand 71-71-65=207 −9
2 Costantino Rocca  Italy 69-70-70=209 −7
3 Steve Elkington  Australia 72-69-69=210 −6
T4 John Daly  United States 67-71-73=211 −5
Ernie Els  South Africa 71-68-72=211
Corey Pavin  United States 69-70-72=211
Katsuyoshi Tomori  Japan 70-68-73=211
T8 Mark Brooks  United States 70-69-73=212 −4
Sam Torrance  Scotland 71-70-71=212
T10 Bob Estes  United States 72-70-71=213 −3
Brad Faxon  United States 71-67-75=213
Barry Lane  England 72-73-68=213
Brett Ogle  Australia 73-69-71=213
Vijay Singh  Fiji 68-72-73=213
Tom Watson  United States 67-76-70=213

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 23 July 1995

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
T1 John Daly  United States 67-71-73-71=282 −6 Playoff
Costantino Rocca  Italy 69-70-70-73=282
T3 Steven Bottomley  England 70-72-72-69=283 −5 65,667
Mark Brooks  United States 70-69-73-71=283
Michael Campbell  New Zealand 71-71-65-76=283
T6 Steve Elkington  Australia 72-69-69-74=284 −4 40,500
Vijay Singh  Fiji 68-72-73-71=284
T8 Bob Estes  United States 72-70-71-72=285 −3 33,333
Mark James  England 72-75-68-70=285
Corey Pavin  United States 69-70-72-74=285

Amateurs: Webster (+1), Sherry (+3), Woods (+7), Clark (+13).

Source:[4]

The 72nd hole[edit]

As the final group, consisting of Rocca and 54-hole leader Michael Campbell, approached the last hole, Daly had completed his round and was in at −6, a shot clear of Rocca and two ahead of Campbell. Both golfers had a chance to tie Daly and force a playoff, with Rocca needing birdie and Campbell eagle to do so.

Rocca hit a shorter shot than Campbell, who nearly reached the green on his first shot, and played his second first. However, he misplayed the chip shot and only hit the ball a few yards, leaving him with an extremely long putt from an area of the hole referred to as the "Valley of Sin". Campbell failed to hole out on his second shot, thus leaving Rocca as the only one who could prevent the outright win for Daly.[5]

As Daly and his wife Paulette watched on a monitor, believing that Rocca's mistake clinched the victory for him, Rocca lined up to attempt his putt for a tournament-tying birdie. Needing to make a sixty-five foot uphill putt with a sharp break to stay alive, Rocca managed to redeem himself for his error on the second shot as the putt rolled in to tie Daly at −6.

Playoff[edit]

For the 1995 edition of the Open, the four holes selected for the aggregate score playoff were 1, 2, 17 (St. Andrew's infamous "Road Hole"), and 18.[5]

Daly emerged with the early lead after parring the first playoff hole while Rocca carded a bogey. He added a shot to his lead with a birdie on 2, leaving him at −1 to Rocca's +1 as the two men headed to the Road Hole for the third playoff hole.[5]

Rocca hit his first shot onto the fairway while Daly ended up in the left-side rough. On the next shot, Rocca hit his ball into the Road Bunker, one of the deepest such hazards on the course. To further complicate matters, Rocca's shot was nestled deep in the sand near the front of the bunker and it took him three tries to finally extricate himself from the trap. Rocca two-putted from there to a triple-bogey 7, which all but ensured Daly would win the tournament as he headed to the last hole with a five shot lead after parring the Road Hole. Daly finished with another par at 18, giving him a four-hole total of 15, one-under-par. Rocca finished with a birdie to record a final total of 19, three-over-par.[5]

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 John Daly  United States 4-3-4-4=15 −1 125,000
2 Costantino Rocca  Italy 5-4-7-3=19 +3 100,000

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 35, 203. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Reilly, Rick (31 July 1995). "An epic finish". Sports Illustrated. 
  3. ^ "124th Open Championship: course". Southeast Missourian. 20 July 1995. p. B1. 
  4. ^ "1995 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Parascenzo, Marino (24 July 1995). "Daly takes crown". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. C1. 
  6. ^ Bonk, Thomas (24 July 1995). "Big bad John rules St. Andrews". Eugene Register-Guard. (Los Angeles Times). p. 1B. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1995 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1995 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 56°20′36″N 2°48′10″W / 56.3433°N 2.8028°W / 56.3433; -2.8028