2003 Senior British Open

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2003 Senior British Open
Tournament information
Dates24–27 July 2003
LocationSouth Ayrshire, Scotland
Course(s)Turnberry
Organized byThe R&A
Tour(s)
Statistics
Par70
Length6,715 yd (6,140 m)
Field144 players, 77 after cut
Cut144 (+4)
Prize fund$1,590,377
Champion
United States Tom Watson
263 (−17)
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Turnberry  is located in Scotland
Turnberry 
Turnberry 
Location in Scotland

The 2003 Senior British Open was a senior major golf championship and the 17th Senior British Open, held from 24–27 July at Turnberry in South Ayrshire, Scotland. It was the 5th Senior British Open played at the course and the first Senior British Open played as a senior major championship.

Tom Watson defeated Carl Mason in a playoff to win his first Senior British Open title. The 2003 event was Watson's second senior major championship victory.

Venue[edit]

The 2003 event was the 5th Senior British Open played at Turnberry.

Course layout[edit]

Hole Name Yards Par    Hole Name Yards Par
1 Ailsa Craig 358 4 10 Dinna Fouter 415 4
2 Mak Siccar 381 4 11 Maidens 174 3
3 Blaw Wearie 409 4 12 Monument 414 4
4 Woe-Be-Tide 165 3 13 Tickly Tap 412 4
5 Fin Me Oot 416 4 14 Risk-An-Hope 441 4
6 Tappie Toorie 221 3 15 Ca' Canny 209 3
7 Roon The Ben 475 5 16 Wee Burn 409 4
8 Goat Fell 431 4 17 Lang Whang 497 5
9 Bruce's Castle 454 4 18 Duel in the Sun 434 4
Out 3,310 35 In 3,405 35
Source:[1] Total 6,715 70

Field[edit]

The field consisted of 144 competitors: 139 professionals and 5 amateurs.

Nationalities in the field[edit]

North America (61) South America (4) Europe (51) Oceania (15) Asia (7) Africa (6)
 Canada (2)  Argentina (2)  England (21)  Australia (11)  Japan (7)  South Africa (6)
 Jamaica (1)  Chile (1)  Spain (5)  New Zealand (4)
 United States (58)  Brazil (1)  Scotland (12)
 Wales (1)
 Ireland (6)
 Netherlands (2)
 Italy (3)
 Northern Ireland (1)

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1989, 1993 69 68 69 71 277 −3 T20
Noboru Sugai  Japan 2002 67 73 72 71 283 +3 T46
Gary Player  South Africa 1988, 1990, 1997 73 70 69 72 284 +4 T51
Christy O'Connor Jnr  Ireland 1999, 2000 73 71 70 71 285 +5 T54

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
John Fourie  South Africa 1992 71 74 145 +5
Neil Coles  England 1987 72 74 146 +6
Ian Stanley  Australia 2001 79 74 153 +13
Bobby Verwey  South Africa 1991 86 69 155 +15

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 24 July 2003

Tom Kite and Tom Watson posted four-under-par 66's on day one to lead by one shot.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Kite  United States 66 −4
Tom Watson  United States
T3 Denis Durnian  England 67 −3
Carl Mason  England
Mark McCumber  United States
Des Smyth  Ireland
Noboru Sugai  Japan
Russell Weir  Scotland
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States
T10 Maurice Bembridge  England 68 −2
Malcolm Gregson  England
Bill Hardwick  Canada
Bruce Summerhays  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday 25 July 2003

Carl Mason shot a 64 (−6) to take a one-shot lead over D.A. Weibring, who shot a seven-under-par 63.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Carl Mason  England 67-64=131 −9
2 D. A. Weibring  United States 69-63=132 −8
T3 Tom Kite  United States 66-67=133 −7
Bruce Summerhays  United States 68-65=133
Tom Watson  United States 66-67=133
T6 Jim Colbert  United States 72-62=134 −6
Russell Weir  Scotland 67-67=134
8 Denis Durnian  England 67-68=135 −5
T9 Bob Cameron  England 69-67=136 −4
Terry Gale  Australia 70-66=136
Mark McCumber  United States 67-69=136
Dana Quigley  United States 71-65=136
Bobby Wadkins  United States 71-65=136
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 67-69=136

Amateurs: Pierse (−1), Reynolds (+5), Boles (+9), Baldwin (+11), MacNamara (+15)

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 26 July 2003

Mason and Weibring shot matching rounds of 65 (−5) as Mason maintained his one shot lead. Kite, Summerhays, and Watson all shot rounds of 66 (−4) to trail Mason by three shots. Jim Colbert backed up his eight-under-par 62 with a 66 (−4) in the third round, trailing Mason by 4 strokes.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Carl Mason  England 67-64-65=196 −14
2 D. A. Weibring  United States 69-63-65=197 −13
T3 Tom Kite  United States 66-67-66=199 −11
Bruce Summerhays  United States 68-65-66=199
Tom Watson  United States 66-67-66=199
6 Jim Colbert  United States 72-62-66=200 −10
7 Mark McCumber  United States 67-69-65=201 −9
8 Brian Jones  Australia 69-69-65=203 −7
T9 Isao Aoki  Japan 66-67-66=204 −6
Bob Cameron  England 69-67-68=204
Denis Durnian  England 67-68-69=204
Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-67-67=204
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 67-69-68=204

Amateurs: Pierse (+2)

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 27 July 2003

Tom Watson trailed Carl Mason by one stroke heading into the 72nd hole. Needing birdie to tie Mason, Watson bogeyed the par-4 18th hole to fall two shots behind the leader. Mason, now leading by 2 strokes, double bogeyed the 18th hole and fell into a playoff with Watson.

Place Player Country Score To par Money ()
T1 Carl Mason  England 67-64-65-67=263 −17 Playoff
Tom Watson  United States 66-67-66-64=263
3 Bruce Summerhays  United States 68-65-66-65=264 −16 83,648
4 Tom Kite  United States 66-67-66-67=266 −14 66,848
5 D. A. Weibring  United States 69-63-65-73=270 −10 56,641
T6 Brian Jones  Australia 69-69-65-68=271 −9 43,440
Mark McCumber  United States 67-69-65-70=271
T8 Denis Durnian  United States 67-68-69-68=272 −8 31,673
David Eger  United States 71-68-66-67=272
T10 Jim Colbert  United States 72-62-66-73=273 −7 24,734
Graham Marsh  Australia 71-68-66-68=273
Dana Quigley  United States 71-65-70-67=273

Source:[2][3]
Amateurs: Pierse (+6)

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, 27 July 2003

Tom Watson and Carl Mason both parred the first playoff hole. Watson won with par on the second playoff hole as Mason made bogey.

Place Player Country Score To par Money ()
1 Tom Watson  United States 4-4=8 E 222,779
2 Carl Mason  England 4-5=9 +1 148,590

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.europeantour.com/staysuretour/season=2003/tournamentid=2003824/venue/index.html
  2. ^ "The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex". Golf Channel. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.europeantour.com/staysuretour/season=2003/tournamentid=2003824/leaderboard/index.html#/results

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2003 Senior Players Championship
Senior Major Championships Succeeded by
2003 JELD-WEN Tradition

Coordinates: 55°18′58″N 4°49′59″W / 55.316°N 4.833°W / 55.316; -4.833