1997 Open Championship

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1997 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 17–20 July 1997
Location Troon, Scotland
Course(s) Royal Troon Golf Club
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71[1]
Length 7,079 yards (6,473 m)[1][2]
Field 156 players, 70 after cut[1]
Cut 147 (+5)[1]
Prize fund £1,600,000
2,220,820
$2,680,000
Winner's share £250,000
€350,000
$418,875
Champion
United States Justin Leonard
272 (–12)

The 1997 Open Championship was the 126th Open Championship, held from 17–20 July at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland. Justin Leonard won his first major championship, the fifth consecutive American to win The Open at Royal Troon. Five strokes back after a 72 in the third round, he shot a final round 65 (–6) to win by three strokes over runners-up Jesper Parnevik and Darren Clarke.[3]

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 463 4
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 3,650 35
Source:[2][4] Total 7,079 71

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

  • 1989: 7,097 yards (6,489 m), par 72
  • 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
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 1989 74 67 72 69 282 –2 T10
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
71 70 70 71 282 –2 T10
Tom Lehman  United States 1996 74 72 72 66 284 E T24
Greg Norman  Australia 1986, 1993 69 73 70 75 287 +3 T37
Nick Faldo  England 1987, 1990, 1992 71 73 75 72 291 +7 T50
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970, 1978 73 74 71 75 293 +9 T60

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 77 71 148 +6
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 78 71 149 +7
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 1994 78 72 150 +8
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 78 75 153 +11
Ian Baker-Finch  Australia 1991 92 WD

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 17 July 1997

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 67 –4
Jim Furyk  United States
T3 Fred Couples  United States 69 –2
Justin Leonard  United States
Greg Norman  Australia
T6 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 70 –1
Barclay Howard (a)  Scotland
Davis Love III  United States
Andrew Magee  United States
Jesper Parnevik  Sweden

Second round[edit]

Friday, 18 July 1997

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 67-66=133 –9
2 Justin Leonard  United States 69-66=135 –7
3 Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 70-66=136 –6
T4 Fred Couples  United States 69-68=137 –5
David Tapping  England 71-66=137
T6 Jim Furyk  United States 67-72=139 –3
Tom Kite  United States 72-67=139
8 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 70-70=140 –2
T9 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 74-67=141 –1
Jay Haas  United States 71-70=141
Davis Love III  United States 70-71=141
Tom Watson  United States 71-70=141

Amateurs: Howard (+2), Watson (+7), Bladon (+10), Olsson (+11), Webster (+11), Taylor (+15), Young (+17), Miller (+22).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 19 July 1997

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 70-66-66=202 –11
2 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 67-66-71=204 –9
T3 Fred Couples  United States 69-68-70=207 –6
Justin Leonard  United States 69-66-72=207
T5 Stephen Ames  Trinidad and Tobago 74-69-66=209 –4
Jim Furyk  United States 67-72-70=209
Eduardo Romero  Argentina 74-68-67=209
T8 Robert Allenby  Australia 76-68-66=210 –3
Lee Westwood  England 73-70-67=210
Tiger Woods  United States 72-74-64=210

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 20 July 1997

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Justin Leonard  United States 69-66-72-65=272 –12 250,000
T2 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 67-66-71-71=275 –9 150,000
Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 70-66-66-73=275
4 Jim Furyk  United States 67-72-70-70=279 –5 90,000
T5 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 75-69-69-67=280 –4 62,500
Stephen Ames  Trinidad and Tobago 74-69-66-71=280
T7 Peter O'Malley  Australia 73-70-70-68=281 –3 40,667
Eduardo Romero  Argentina 74-68-67-72=281
Fred Couples  United States 69-68-70-74=281
T10 Davis Love III  United States 70-71-74-67=282 –2 24,300
Retief Goosen  South Africa 75-69-70-68=282
Frank Nobilo  New Zealand 74-72-68-68=282
Tom Kite  United States 72-67-74-69=282
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 74-67-72-69=282
Shigeki Maruyama  Japan 74-69-70-69=282
Ernie Els  South Africa 75-69-69-69=282
Tom Watson  United States 71-70-70-71=282
Robert Allenby  Australia 76-68-66-72=282
Lee Westwood  England 73-70-67-72=282

Amateurs: Howard (+9). Source:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 33, 203. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Royal Troon, hole-by-hole". Toledo Blade. Ohio. 17 July 1997. p. 42. 
  3. ^ Reilly, Rick (28 July 1997). "Justin time". Sports Illustrated. 
  4. ^ "Open Championship: course". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 17 July 1997. p. 10C. 
  5. ^ "1997 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1997 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1997 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 55°31′55″N 4°39′00″W / 55.532°N 4.65°W / 55.532; -4.65