1996 Open Championship

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1996 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 18–21 July 1996
Location Lytham St Annes, England
Course(s) Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71[1]
Length 6,892 yards (6,302 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 77 after cut[1]
Cut 143 (+1)[1]
Prize fund £1,500,000
1,987,720
$2,200,000
Winner's share £200,000
€280,000
$310,000
Champion
United States Tom Lehman
271 (–13)
Lytham &St Annes is located in England
Lytham &St Annes
Lytham &
St Annes
Location in England

The 1996 Open Championship was the 125th Open Championship, held 18–21 July at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England. Tom Lehman won his only major championship by two strokes over runners-up Mark McCumber and Ernie Els.[2] Lehman built a six-stroke lead after 54 holes and became the first American to win at Lytham since Bobby Jones seventy years earlier.[3][4]

Tiger Woods, age 20, was the only amateur to make the cut and finished tied for 22nd; he turned professional six weeks later. Jack Nicklaus, 56, was one stroke out of the lead after 36 holes, but fell back on the weekend and tied for 45th.

Course layout[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 206 437 457 393 212 490 553 418 164 3,330 334 542 198 342 445 463 357 467 414 3,562 6,892
Par 3 4 4 4 3 5 5 4 3 35 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 36 71

Source:[5]

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

  • 1988: 6,857 yards (6,270 m)
  • 1979: 6,822 yards (6,238 m)
  • 1974: 6,822 yards (6,238 m)
  • 1969: 6,848 yards (6,262 m)
  • 1963: 6,836 yards (6,251 m)
  • 1958: 6,635 yards (6,067 m)
  • 1952: 6,657 yards (6,087 m)

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Nick Faldo  England 1987, 1990, 1992 68 68 68 70 274 –10 4
Greg Norman  Australia 1986, 1993 71 68 71 67 277 –7 T7
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 1989 72 68 76 68 284 E T41
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970, 1978 69 66 77 73 285 +1 T45
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 1994 68 73 71 73 285 +1 T45
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 71 69 73 73 286 +2 T56
John Daly  United States 1995 70 73 69 77 289 +5 T67
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 71 72 71 77 291 +7 71

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 71 76 147 +5
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 74 78 152 +10
Ian Baker-Finch  Australia 1991 78 84 162 +20

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 18 July 1996

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Paul Broadhurst  England 65 –6
T2 Mark Brooks  United States 67 –4
Fred Couples  United States
Brad Faxon  United States
Tom Lehman  United States
Mark McCumber  United States
Mark O'Meara  United States
Loren Roberts  United States
Hidemichi Tanaka  Japan
T10 Ernie Els  South Africa 68 –3
Klas Eriksson  Sweden
Nick Faldo  England
Jim Furyk  United States
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland
Shigeki Maruyama  Japan
Carl Mason  England
Nick Price  Zimbabwe

Second round[edit]

Friday, 19 July 1996

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Tom Lehman  United States 67-67=134 –8
Paul McGinley  Ireland 69-65=134
T3 Ernie Els  South Africa 68-67=135 –7
Peter Hedblom  Sweden 70-65=135
Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-66=135
T6 Nick Faldo  England 68-68=136 –6
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 68-68=136
Mark McCumber  United States 67-69=136
Mark O'Meara  United States 67-69=136
Corey Pavin  United States 70-66=136
Loren Roberts  United States 67-69=136
Vijay Singh  Fiji 69-67=136

Amateurs (a): Woods (–1), Bladon (+4), Allan (+5), García (+7).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 20 July 1996

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Lehman  United States 67-67-64=198 –15
2 Nick Faldo  England 68-68-68=204 –9
T3 Mark Brooks  United States 67-70-68=205 –8
Vijay Singh  Fiji 69-67-69=205
T5 Fred Couples  United States 67-70-69=206 –7
Ernie Els  South Africa 68-67-71=206
T7 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 70-68-69=207 –6
Mark McCumber  United States 67-69-71=207
Shigeki Maruyama  Japan 68-70-69=207
Steve Stricker  United States 71-70-66=207

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 21 July 1996

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Tom Lehman  United States 67-67-64-73=271 –13 200,000
T2 Ernie Els  South Africa 68-67-71-67=273 –11 125,000
Mark McCumber  United States 67-69-71-66=273
4 Nick Faldo  England 68-68-68-70=274 –10 75,000
T5 Mark Brooks  United States 67-70-68-71=276 –8 50,000
Jeff Maggert  United States 69-70-72-65=276
T7 Fred Couples  United States 67-70-69-71=277 –7 35,000
Peter Hedblom  Sweden 70-65-75-67=277
Greg Norman  Australia 71-68-71-67=277
Greg Turner  New Zealand 72-69-68-68=277

Amateurs: Woods (–3).

Source:[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 34, 203. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (22 July 1996). "The big one". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. D1. 
  3. ^ Diaz, Jaime (29 July 1996). "Tour de force". Sports Illustrated. 
  4. ^ Reilly, Rick (29 July 1996). "The anti-Shark". Sports Illustrated. 
  5. ^ "British Open: course". Southeast Missourian. 18 July 1996. p. 3B. 
  6. ^ "1996 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1996 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1996 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 53°44′58″N 3°01′05″W / 53.7495°N 3.0180°W / 53.7495; -3.0180