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The 1991 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 120th Open Championship, held from 18–21 July at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. Ian Baker-Finch won his only major championship, two strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Harwood.

1991 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates18–21 July 1991
LocationSouthport, England
Course(s)Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par70[1]
Length6,940 yards (6,346 m)[1]
Field156 players, 113 after cut[1]
Cut148 (+8)[1]
Prize fund£900,000
$1,512,000
Winner's share£90,000
$151,200
Champion
Australia Ian Baker-Finch
272 (–8)
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Southport is located in England
Southport
Southport
Location in England
Royal Birkdale Golf Club is located in Southport
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Location in Southport, Merseyside,
north of Liverpool, England

Baker-Finch was two-over after two rounds in a tie for 28th place, then was ten-under on the weekend. His 66 on Sunday was bolstered by a 29 on the front nine, with birdies on five of the first seven holes.[2][3][4]

The cut at 148 (+8) included those within ten strokes of the lead, which resulted in a record 113 players on the weekend, nearly three-quarters of the field.[5][6]

Contents

CourseEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 448 417 409 203 346 473 156 458 414 3,324 395 409 184 475 199 543 414 525 472 3,616 6,940
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 34 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 4 36 70

Source:[7]
Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1950):[1]

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Greg Norman   Australia 1986 74 68 71 66 279 –1 T9
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 66 73 69 71 279 –1 T9
Lee Trevino   United States 1971, 1972 71 72 71 67 281 +1 T17
Nick Faldo   England 1987, 1990 68 75 70 68 281 +1 T17
Tom Watson   United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
69 72 72 69 282 +2 T26
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1966, 1970, 1978 70 75 69 71 285 +5 T44
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 75 71 69 71 286 +6 T57
Tom Weiskopf   United States 1973 74 74 73 73 294 +14 T101

Source:[1][2]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Mark Calcavecchia   United States 1989 71 79 150 +10
Johnny Miller   United States 1976 74 80 154 +14
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 1985 79 DQ

Source:[5]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, 18 July 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 66 –4
T2 Chip Beck   United States 67 –3
Martin Gates   England
Santiago Luna   Spain
T5 Nick Faldo   England 68 –2
Gary Hallberg   United States
Mike Harwood   Australia
Barry Lane   England
Mark Mouland   Wales
Mike Reid   United States
Costantino Rocca   Italy

Source:[8]

Second roundEdit

Friday, 19 July 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Gary Hallberg   United States 68-70=138 –2
Mike Harwood   Australia 68-70=138
Andrew Oldcorn   Scotland 71-67=138
T4 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 66-73=139 –1
Steve Elkington   Australia 71-68=139
David Gilford   England 72-67=139
Wayne Grady   Australia 69-70=139
Mark O'Meara   United States 71-68=139
Mike Reid   United States 68-71=139
T10 Richard Boxall   England 71-69=140 E
Roger Chapman   England 74-66=140
Howard Clark   England 71-69=140
Mark James   England 72-68=140
Barry Lane   England 68-72=140
Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 71-69=140
Vijay Singh   Fiji 71-69=140

Source:[5]
Amateurs: Mickelson (+4), Payne (+4), Allenby (+9), Roblin (+11), Coltart (+13), Evans (+13), Muntz (+14), Wilshire (+15).

Third roundEdit

Saturday, 20 July 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Ian Baker-Finch   Australia 71-71-64=206 –4
Mark O'Meara   United States 71-68-67=206
T3 Eamonn Darcy   Ireland 73-68-66=207 –3
Mike Harwood   Australia 68-70-69=207
5 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 66-73-69=208 –2
T6 Mike Reid   United States 68-71-70=209 –1
Vijay Singh   Fiji 71-69-69=209
T8 Mark James   England 72-68-70=210 E
Mark Mouland   Wales 68-74-68=210
Craig Parry   Australia 71-70-69=210
Martin Poxon   England 71-72-67=210

Source:[9]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, 21 July 1991

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Ian Baker-Finch   Australia 71-71-64-66=272 –8 90,000
2 Mike Harwood   Australia 68-70-69-67=274 –6 70,000
T3 Fred Couples   United States 72-69-70-64=275 –5 55,000
Mark O'Meara   United States 71-68-67-69=275
T5 Eamonn Darcy   Ireland 73-68-66-70=277 –3 34,167
Jodie Mudd   United States 72-70-72-63=277
Bob Tway   United States 75-66-70-66=277
8 Craig Parry   Australia 71-70-69-68=278 –2 27,500
T9 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 66-73-69-71=279 –1 22,833
Bernhard Langer   Germany 71-71-70-67=279
Greg Norman   Australia 74-68-71-66=279

Source:[1][2][10]
Amateurs: Payne (+4), Mickelson (+8)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 41, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Baker-Finch bags Open title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). 22 July 1991. p. D1.
  3. ^ Reilly, Rick (29 July 1991). "Watch the birdies". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  4. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (22 July 1991). "It's Baker-Finch: Aussie's sizzling 66 wins British Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 7.
  5. ^ a b c Shapiro, Leonard (20 July 1991). "Unheralded trio lead British Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Washington Post). p. 1D.
  6. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (20 July 1991). "The kindest cut of all". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17.
  7. ^ "Stat sheet: British Open". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). 18 July 1991. p. C2.
  8. ^ "Seve storms back at Birkdale". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). 19 July 1991. p. 1B.
  9. ^ "O'Meara bears American bid". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). 21 July 1991. p. 1E.
  10. ^ "1991 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 7 July 2012.

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