1996 Open Championship

The 1996 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 125th Open Championship, held from 18–21 July at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England. Tom Lehman won his only major championship by two strokes over runners-up Mark McCumber and Ernie Els.[2] Lehman built a six-stroke lead after 54 holes and became the first American to win at Lytham since Bobby Jones seventy years earlier.[3][4]

1996 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates18–21 July 1996
LocationLytham St Annes, England
Course(s)Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71[1]
Length6,892 yards (6,302 m)[1]
Field156 players, 77 after cut[1]
Cut143 (+1)[1]
Prize fund£1,500,000
1,987,720
$2,200,000
Winner's share£200,000
€280,000
$310,000
Champion
United States Tom Lehman
271 (–13)
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Lytham & St Annes is located in England
Lytham & St Annes
Lytham &
St Annes
Location in England

Tiger Woods, age 20, was the only amateur to make the cut and finished tied for 22nd; he turned professional six weeks later. Jack Nicklaus, 56, was one stroke out of the lead after 36 holes, but fell back on the weekend and tied for 45th.

Course layoutEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 206 437 457 393 212 490 553 418 164 3,330 334 542 198 342 445 463 357 467 414 3,562 6,892
Par 3 4 4 4 3 5 5 4 3 35 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 36 71

Source:[5]

Previous lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):[1]

  • 1988: 6,857 yards (6,270 m)
  • 1979: 6,822 yards (6,238 m)
  • 1974: 6,822 yards (6,238 m)
  • 1969: 6,848 yards (6,262 m)
  • 1963: 6,836 yards (6,251 m)
  • 1958: 6,635 yards (6,067 m)
  • 1952: 6,657 yards (6,087 m)

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Nick Faldo   England 1987, 1990, 1992 68 68 68 70 274 –10 4
Greg Norman   Australia 1986, 1993 71 68 71 67 277 –7 T7
Mark Calcavecchia   United States 1989 72 68 76 68 284 E T41
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1966, 1970, 1978 69 66 77 73 285 +1 T45
Nick Price   Zimbabwe 1994 68 73 71 73 285 +1 T45
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 1985 71 69 73 73 286 +2 T56
John Daly   United States 1995 70 73 69 77 289 +5 T67
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 71 72 71 77 291 +7 71

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 71 76 147 +5
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 74 78 152 +10
Ian Baker-Finch   Australia 1991 78 84 162 +20

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, 18 July 1996

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Paul Broadhurst   England 65 –6
T2 Mark Brooks   United States 67 –4
Fred Couples   United States
Brad Faxon   United States
Tom Lehman   United States
Mark McCumber   United States
Mark O'Meara   United States
Loren Roberts   United States
Hidemichi Tanaka   Japan
T10 Ernie Els   South Africa 68 –3
Klas Eriksson   Sweden
Nick Faldo   England
Jim Furyk   United States
Pádraig Harrington   Ireland
Shigeki Maruyama   Japan
Carl Mason   England
Nick Price   Zimbabwe

Second roundEdit

Friday, 19 July 1996

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Tom Lehman   United States 67-67=134 –8
Paul McGinley   Ireland 69-65=134
T3 Ernie Els   South Africa 68-67=135 –7
Peter Hedblom   Sweden 70-65=135
Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-66=135
T6 Nick Faldo   England 68-68=136 –6
Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 68-68=136
Mark McCumber   United States 67-69=136
Mark O'Meara   United States 67-69=136
Corey Pavin   United States 70-66=136
Loren Roberts   United States 67-69=136
Vijay Singh   Fiji 69-67=136

Amateurs (a): Woods (–1), Bladon (+4), Allan (+5), García (+7).

Third roundEdit

Saturday, 20 July 1996

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Lehman   United States 67-67-64=198 –15
2 Nick Faldo   England 68-68-68=204 –9
T3 Mark Brooks   United States 67-70-68=205 –8
Vijay Singh   Fiji 69-67-69=205
T5 Fred Couples   United States 67-70-69=206 –7
Ernie Els   South Africa 68-67-71=206
T7 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 70-68-69=207 –6
Mark McCumber   United States 67-69-71=207
Shigeki Maruyama   Japan 68-70-69=207
Steve Stricker   United States 71-70-66=207

Final roundEdit

Sunday, 21 July 1996

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Tom Lehman   United States 67-67-64-73=271 –13 200,000
T2 Ernie Els   South Africa 68-67-71-67=273 –11 125,000
Mark McCumber   United States 67-69-71-66=273
4 Nick Faldo   England 68-68-68-70=274 –10 75,000
T5 Mark Brooks   United States 67-70-68-71=276 –8 50,000
Jeff Maggert   United States 69-70-72-65=276
T7 Fred Couples   United States 67-70-69-71=277 –7 35,000
Peter Hedblom   Sweden 70-65-75-67=277
Greg Norman   Australia 71-68-71-67=277
Greg Turner   New Zealand 72-69-68-68=277

Amateurs: Woods (–3).

Source:[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 34, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  2. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (22 July 1996). "The big one". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. D1.
  3. ^ Diaz, Jaime (29 July 1996). "Tour de force". Sports Illustrated.
  4. ^ Reilly, Rick (29 July 1996). "The anti-Shark". Sports Illustrated.
  5. ^ "British Open: course". Southeast Missourian. 18 July 1996. p. 3B.
  6. ^ "1996 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1996 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1996 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 53°44′58″N 3°01′05″W / 53.7495°N 3.0180°W / 53.7495; -3.0180