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The 1995 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 124th Open Championship held from 20–23 July at the Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. John Daly won his first Open Championship and second major title in a four-hole playoff over Costantino Rocca.[2]

1995 Open Championship
1995 Open Championship Program.png
Front cover of the 1995 Open Program
Tournament information
Dates20–23 July 1995
LocationSt Andrews, Scotland
Course(s)Old Course at St Andrews
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72[1]
Length6,933 yards (6,340 m)[1]
Field159 players, 103 after cut[1]
Cut148 (+4)[1]
Prize fund£1,250,000
1,876,980
$2,000,000
Winner's share£125,000
€175,000
$199,375
Champion
United States John Daly
282 (−6), playoff
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St Andrews is located in Scotland
St Andrews
St Andrews
Location in Scotland

This was the final Open appearance for two-time champion Arnold Palmer.

Contents

CourseEdit

The Old Course at St Andrews[3]

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Burn 370 4 10 Bobby Jones 342 4
2 Dyke 411 4 11 High (In) 172 3
3 Cartgate (Out) 371 4 12 Heathery (In) 316 4
4 Ginger Beer 463 4 13 Hole O'Cross (In) 425 4
5 Hole O'Cross (Out) 564 5 14 Long 567 5
6 Heathery (Out) 416 4 15 Cartgate (In) 413 4
7 High (Out) 372 4 16 Corner of the Dyke 382 4
8 Short 178 3 17 Road 461 4
9 End 356 4 18 Tom Morris 354 4
Out 3,501 36 In 3,432 36
Total 6,933 72

Previous lengths of the course for The Open Championship (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, 1993 71 74 72 70 287 −1 T15
Mark Calcavecchia   United States 1989 71 72 72 74 289 +1 T24
Tom Watson   United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
67 76 70 77 290 +2 T31
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 75 69 76 71 291 +3 T40
Nick Faldo   England 1987, 1990, 1992 74 67 75 75 291 +3 T40
Nick Price   Zimbabwe 1994 70 74 70 77 291 +3 T40
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 71 73 77 74 295 +7 T68
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1966, 1970, 1978 78 70 77 71 296 +8 T79
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 1985 71 71 79 75 296 +8 T79

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 73 76 149 +5
Tom Weiskopf   United States 1973 76 75 151 +7
Lee Trevino   United States 1971, 1972 75 77 152 +8
Ian Baker-Finch   Australia 1991 77 76 153 +9
Arnold Palmer   United States 1961, 1962 83 75 158 +14

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, 20 July 1995

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Ben Crenshaw   United States 67 −5
John Daly   United States
Mark McNulty   Zimbabwe
Tom Watson   United States
T5 David Feherty   Northern Ireland 68 −4
Bill Glasson   United States
Mats Hallberg   Sweden
Vijay Singh   Fiji
T9 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 69 −3
John Cook   United States
Jim Gallagher, Jr.   United States
David Gilford   England
Per-Ulrik Johansson   Sweden
Steve Lowery   United States
Corey Pavin   United States
Costantino Rocca   Italy
Gene Sauers   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, 21 July 1995

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 John Daly   United States 67-71=138 −6
Brad Faxon   United States 71-67=138
Katsuyoshi Tomori   Japan 70-68=138
T4 Mark Brooks   United States 70-69=139 −5
John Cook   United States 69-70=139
Ben Crenshaw   United States 67-72=139
Ernie Els   South Africa 71-68=139
Corey Pavin   United States 69-70=139
Costantino Rocca   Italy 69-70=139
T10 Justin Leonard   United States 73-67=140 −4
Vijay Singh   Fiji 68-72=140
Payne Stewart   United States 72-68=140

Amateurs: Sherry (−3), Webster (−2), Woods (+1), Clark (+3), Gallacher (+7).

Third roundEdit

Saturday, 22 July 1995

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Michael Campbell   New Zealand 71-71-65=207 −9
2 Costantino Rocca   Italy 69-70-70=209 −7
3 Steve Elkington   Australia 72-69-69=210 −6
T4 John Daly   United States 67-71-73=211 −5
Ernie Els   South Africa 71-68-72=211
Corey Pavin   United States 69-70-72=211
Katsuyoshi Tomori   Japan 70-68-73=211
T8 Mark Brooks   United States 70-69-73=212 −4
Sam Torrance   Scotland 71-70-71=212
T10 Bob Estes   United States 72-70-71=213 −3
Brad Faxon   United States 71-67-75=213
Barry Lane   England 72-73-68=213
Brett Ogle   Australia 73-69-71=213
Vijay Singh   Fiji 68-72-73=213
Tom Watson   United States 67-76-70=213

Final roundEdit

Sunday, 23 July 1995

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
T1 John Daly   United States 67-71-73-71=282 −6 Playoff
Costantino Rocca   Italy 69-70-70-73=282
T3 Steven Bottomley   England 70-72-72-69=283 −5 65,667
Mark Brooks   United States 70-69-73-71=283
Michael Campbell   New Zealand 71-71-65-76=283
T6 Steve Elkington   Australia 72-69-69-74=284 −4 40,500
Vijay Singh   Fiji 68-72-73-71=284
T8 Bob Estes   United States 72-70-71-72=285 −3 33,333
Mark James   England 72-75-68-70=285
Corey Pavin   United States 69-70-72-74=285

Amateurs: Webster (+1), Sherry (+3), Woods (+7), Clark (+13).

Source:[4]

The 72nd holeEdit

As the final group, consisting of Rocca and 54-hole leader Michael Campbell, approached the last hole, Daly had completed his round and was in at −6, a shot clear of Rocca and two ahead of Campbell. Both golfers had a chance to tie Daly and force a playoff, with Rocca needing birdie and Campbell eagle to do so.

Rocca hit a shorter shot than Campbell, who nearly reached the green on his first shot, and played his second first. However, he misplayed the chip shot and only hit the ball a few yards, leaving him with an extremely long putt from an area of the hole referred to as the "Valley of Sin". Campbell failed to hole out on his second shot, thus leaving Rocca as the only one who could prevent the outright win for Daly.[5]

As Daly and his wife Paulette watched on a monitor, believing that Rocca's mistake clinched the victory for him, Rocca lined up to attempt his putt for a tournament-tying birdie. Needing to make a sixty-five foot uphill putt with a sharp break to stay alive, Rocca managed to redeem himself for his error on the second shot as the putt rolled in to tie Daly at −6.

PlayoffEdit

For this 1995 edition, the four holes pre-selected for the aggregate score playoff were 1, 2, 17 (St. Andrew's infamous "Road Hole"), and 18.[5] All were par four holes.

Daly emerged with the early lead after parring the first playoff hole while Rocca carded a bogey. He added a shot to his lead with a birdie on 2, leaving him at −1 to Rocca's +1 as the two men headed to the Road Hole for the third playoff hole.[5]

Rocca hit his first shot onto the fairway while Daly ended up in the left-side rough. On the next shot, Rocca hit his ball into the Road Bunker, one of the deepest such hazards on the course. To further complicate matters, Rocca's shot was nestled deep in the sand near the front of the bunker and it took him three tries to finally extricate himself from the trap. Rocca two-putted from there to a triple-bogey 7, which all but ensured Daly would win the championship as he headed to the last hole with a five-shot lead after parring the Road Hole. Daly finished with another par at 18, giving him a four-hole total of 15, one-under-par. Rocca salvaged some pride with a birdie three for 19, three-over-par and four back.[5]

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 John Daly   United States 4-3-4-4=15 −1 125,000
2 Costantino Rocca   Italy 5-4-7-3=19 +3 100,000

ScorecardEdit

Hole   1     2    17   18 
Par 4 4 4 4
  Daly E −1 −1 −1
  Rocca +1 +1 +4 +3

Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey +

Source[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 35, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  2. ^ Reilly, Rick (31 July 1995). "An epic finish". Sports Illustrated.
  3. ^ "124th Open Championship: course". Southeast Missourian. 20 July 1995. p. B1.
  4. ^ "1995 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Parascenzo, Marino (24 July 1995). "Daly takes crown". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. C1.
  6. ^ Bonk, Thomas (24 July 1995). "Big bad John rules St. Andrews". Eugene Register-Guard. (Los Angeles Times). p. 1B.

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