2003 Open Championship

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2003 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 17–20 July 2003
Location Sandwich, England
Course(s) Royal St George's Golf Club
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 7,106 yards (6,498 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 75 after cut[1]
Cut 150 (+8)[1]
Prize fund £3,900,000
5,631,600
$6,240,000
Winner's share £700,000
€1,010,800
$1,112,720
Champion
United States Ben Curtis
283 (−1)
Sandwich is located in England
Sandwich
Sandwich
Location in England

The 2003 Open Championship was the 132nd Open Championship, held 17–20 July at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Ben Curtis won his only major title, one stroke ahead of runners-up Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh. Bjørn had led in the final round by two shots with three holes to play, but needed three attempts to play out of a greenside bunker on the 16th hole.[2][3] Playing in his first major championship and number 396 in the world rankings, Curtis became the first debut winner at The Open since Tom Watson in 1975.[4][5][6]

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 442 418 210 497 420 172 532 455 388 3,534 414 242 381 459 550 475 163 428 460 3,572 7,106
Par 4 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 4 36 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 35 71

Source:[1]

  • The 4th hole was a par 4 in previous Opens

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

  • 1993: 6,860 yards (6,273 m), par 70
  • 1985: 6,857 yards (6,270 m), par 70
  • 1981: 6,827 yards (6,243 m), par 70

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tiger Woods  United States 2000 73 72 69 71 285 +1 T4
Nick Faldo  England 1987, 1990, 1992 76 74 67 70 287 +3 T8
Greg Norman  Australia 1986, 1993 69 79 74 68 290 +6 T18
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
71 77 73 69 290 +6 T18
Ernie Els  South Africa 2002 78 68 72 72 290 +6 T18
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 1994 74 72 72 74 292 +8 T28
Tom Lehman  United States 1996 77 73 72 73 295 +11 T46
Mark O'Meara  United States 1998 73 77 77 71 298 +14 T65
John Daly  United States 1995 75 74 74 80 303 +19 T72

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Justin Leonard  United States 1997 74 77 151 +9
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 1989 78 73 151 +9
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 73 79 152 +10
Paul Lawrie  Scotland 1999 81 74 155 +13
David Duval  United States 2001 83 78 161 +19

Source:[7]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 17 July 2003

Place Player Country Score To par[8]
1 Hennie Otto  South Africa 68 −3
T2 Davis Love III  United States 69 −2
Greg Norman  Australia
T4 S.K. Ho  South Korea 70 −1
Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden
T6 Fred Couples  United States 71 E
Gary Evans  England
Mathias Grönberg  Sweden
Charles Howell III  United States
Thomas Levet  France
Scott McCarron  United States
Tom Watson  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, 18 July 2003

Place Player Country Score To par[9]
1 Davis Love III  United States 69-72=141 −1
T2 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 73-70=143 +1
S.K. Ho  South Korea 70-73=143
T4 Ben Curtis  United States 72-72=144 +2
Alastair Forsyth  Scotland 74-70=144
Sergio García  Spain 73-71=144
Thomas Levet  France 71-73=144
Hennie Otto  South Africa 68-76=144
Kenny Perry  United States 74-70=144
Marco Ruiz  Paraguay 73-71=144

Amateurs: Barnes (+11), Wolstenholme (+14), Godfrey (+18).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 19 July 2003

Place Player Country Score To par[10]
1 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 73-70-69=212 −1
2 Davis Love III  United States 69-72-72=213 E
T3 Ben Curtis  United States 72-72-70=214 +1
Sergio García  Spain 73-71-70=214
Kenny Perry  United States 74-70-70=214
Vijay Singh  Fiji 75-70-69=214
Tiger Woods  United States 73-72-69=214
T8 Hur Suk-ho  South Korea 70-73-72=215 +2
Phillip Price  Wales 74-72-69=215
T10 Gary Evans  England 71-75-70=216 +3
Pierre Fulke  Sweden 77-72-67=216
Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden 70-76-70=216
Peter Lonard  Australia 73-73-70=216

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 20 July 2003

Ben Curtis shot six-under in the first 11 holes to grab sole possession of the lead, but dropped four strokes in the next six holes to fall behind, and sank a 10-foot (3 m) putt on the final hole to post the clubhouse lead. Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods also moved into early contention, but fell behind Curtis with late bogeys, leaving Thomas Bjørn with a three stroke lead with four holes to play. He finished bogey-double bogey-bogey-par and tied for second, one stroke back.

It was not only Curtis' first win, but his first top-10 finish in a PGA Tour event.

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Ben Curtis  United States 72-72-70-69=283 −1 700,000
T2 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 73-70-69-72=284 E 345,000
Vijay Singh  Fiji 75-70-69-70=284
T4 Davis Love III  United States 69-72-72-72=285 +1 185,000
Tiger Woods  United States 73-72-69-71=285
T6 Brian Davis  England 77-73-68-68=286 +2 134,500
Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden 70-76-70-70=286
T8 Nick Faldo  England 76-74-67-70=287 +3 155,383
Kenny Perry  United States 74-70-70-73=287
T10 Gary Evans  England 71-75-70-72=288 +4 97,750
Sergio García  Spain 73-71-70-74=288
Retief Goosen  South Africa 73-75-71-69=288
Hennie Otto  South Africa 68-76-75-69=288
Phillip Price  Wales 74-72-69-73=288

Source:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 5. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Bunkered Bjorn's sandy sorrow
  3. ^ Bamberger, Michael (28 July 2003). "A major major upset". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Ben who?
  5. ^ Ferguson, Doug (21 July 2003). "Rookie pulls off stunner". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. p. C-1. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Newberry, Paul (21 July 2003). "Caught in a trap". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. p. C-3. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2003 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "PGA European Tour - Tournaments". Archived from the original on 4 September 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "PGA European Tour - Tournaments". Archived from the original on 4 September 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "PGA European Tour - Tournaments". Archived from the original on 4 September 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2003 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
2003 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 51°16′26″N 1°22′01″E / 51.274°N 1.367°E / 51.274; 1.367