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The 1997 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 126th Open Championship, held from 17–20 July at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland. Justin Leonard won his only major championship and was the fifth consecutive American to win at Royal Troon.

1997 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates17–20 July 1997
LocationTroon, Scotland
Course(s)Royal Troon Golf Club
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71[1]
Length7,079 yards (6,473 m)[1][2]
Field156 players, 70 after cut[1]
Cut147 (+5)[1]
Prize fund£1,600,000
2,220,820
$2,680,000
Winner's share£250,000
€350,000
$418,875
Champion
United States Justin Leonard
272 (–12)
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Royal Troon Golf Club is located in Scotland
Royal Troon Golf Club
Royal Troon Golf Club
Location in Scotland
Royal Troon Golf Club is located in South Ayrshire
Royal Troon Golf Club
Royal Troon Golf Club
Location in South Ayrshire, Scotland

Five strokes back after a 72 in the third round, Leonard had six birdies on the front nine in the final round; he added two more at 16 and 17 for 65 (–6) to win by three strokes over runners-up Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik, the 54-hole leader.[3][4][5]

Contents

CourseEdit

Old Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Seal 364 4 10 Sandhills 438 4
2 Black Rock 391 4 11 The Railway 463 4
3 Gyaws 379 4 12 The Fox 431 4
4 Dunure 557 5 13 Burmah 465 4
5 Greenan 210 3 14 Alton 179 3
6 Turnberry 577 5 15 Crosbie 457 4
7 Tel-el-Kebir 402 4 16 Well 542 5
8 Postage Stamp 126 3 17 Rabbit 223 3
9 The Monk 423 4 18 Craigend 452 4
Out 3,429 36 In 3,650 35
Source:[2][6] Total 7,079 71

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

  • 1989: 7,097 yards (6,489 m), par 72
  • 1982: 7,067 yards (6,462 m), par 72
  • 1973: 7,064 yards (6,459 m), par 72
  • 1962: 7,045 yards (6,442 m), par 72
  • 1950: 6,583 yards (6,019 m), par 70

Opens from 1962 through 1989 played the 11th hole as a par-5.

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Mark Calcavecchia   United States 1989 74 67 72 69 282 –2 T10
Tom Watson   United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
71 70 70 71 282 –2 T10
Tom Lehman   United States 1996 74 72 72 66 284 E T24
Greg Norman   Australia 1986, 1993 69 73 70 75 287 +3 T37
Nick Faldo   England 1987, 1990, 1992 71 73 75 72 291 +7 T50
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1966, 1970, 1978 73 74 71 75 293 +9 T60

Source:[1][4]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 1979, 1984, 1988 77 71 148 +6
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 78 71 149 +7
Nick Price   Zimbabwe 1994 78 72 150 +8
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 1985 78 75 153 +11
Ian Baker-Finch   Australia 1991 92 WD

Source:[1][7]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, 17 July 1997

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 67 –4
Jim Furyk   United States
T3 Fred Couples   United States 69 –2
Justin Leonard   United States
Greg Norman   Australia
T6 Ángel Cabrera   Argentina 70 –1
Barclay Howard (a)   Scotland
Davis Love III   United States
Andrew Magee   United States
Jesper Parnevik   Sweden

Source:

Second roundEdit

Friday, 18 July 1997

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 67-66=133 –9
2 Justin Leonard   United States 69-66=135 –7
3 Jesper Parnevik   Sweden 70-66=136 –6
T4 Fred Couples   United States 69-68=137 –5
David Tapping   England 71-66=137
T6 Jim Furyk   United States 67-72=139 –3
Tom Kite   United States 72-67=139
8 Ángel Cabrera   Argentina 70-70=140 –2
T9 Mark Calcavecchia   United States 74-67=141 –1
Jay Haas   United States 71-70=141
Davis Love III   United States 70-71=141
Tom Watson   United States 71-70=141

Source:[7]
Amateurs: Howard (+2), Watson (+7), Bladon (+10), Olsson (+11), Webster (+11), Taylor (+15), Young (+17), Miller (+22).

Third roundEdit

Saturday, 19 July 1997

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jesper Parnevik   Sweden 70-66-66=202 –11
2 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 67-66-71=204 –9
T3 Fred Couples   United States 69-68-70=207 –6
Justin Leonard   United States 69-66-72=207
T5 Stephen Ames   Trinidad and Tobago 74-69-66=209 –4
Jim Furyk   United States 67-72-70=209
Eduardo Romero   Argentina 74-68-67=209
T8 Robert Allenby   Australia 76-68-66=210 –3
Lee Westwood   England 73-70-67=210
Tiger Woods   United States 72-74-64=210

Source:[8]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, 20 July 1997

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Justin Leonard   United States 69-66-72-65=272 –12 250,000
T2 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 67-66-71-71=275 –9 150,000
Jesper Parnevik   Sweden 70-66-66-73=275
4 Jim Furyk   United States 67-72-70-70=279 –5 90,000
T5 Pádraig Harrington   Ireland 75-69-69-67=280 –4 62,500
Stephen Ames   Trinidad and Tobago 74-69-66-71=280
T7 Peter O'Malley   Australia 73-70-70-68=281 –3 40,667
Eduardo Romero   Argentina 74-68-67-72=281
Fred Couples   United States 69-68-70-74=281
T10 Davis Love III   United States 70-71-74-67=282 –2 24,300
Retief Goosen   South Africa 75-69-70-68=282
Frank Nobilo   New Zealand 74-72-68-68=282
Tom Kite   United States 72-67-74-69=282
Mark Calcavecchia   United States 74-67-72-69=282
Shigeki Maruyama   Japan 74-69-70-69=282
Ernie Els   South Africa 75-69-69-69=282
Tom Watson   United States 71-70-70-71=282
Robert Allenby   Australia 76-68-66-72=282
Lee Westwood   England 73-70-67-72=282

Source:[1][4][9]
Amateurs: Howard (+9)

ScorecardEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 5 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4
  Leonard −6 −7 −8 −9 −8 −9 −10 −10 −11 −10 −10 −10 −10 −10 −10 −11 −12 −12
  Clarke −10 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −8 −8 −9
  Parnevik −11 −11 −12 −12 −12 −11 −12 −12 −12 −11 −12 −12 −11 −11 −11 −11 −10 −9

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 33, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Royal Troon, hole-by-hole". Toledo Blade. (Ohio, U.S.). 17 July 1997. p. 42.
  3. ^ Reilly, Rick (28 July 1997). "Justin time". Sports Illustrated.
  4. ^ a b c Sirak, Ron (21 July 1997). "Leonard's surge foils Parnevik's redemption". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon, U.S.). Associated Press. p. 1B.
  5. ^ a b Parascenzo, Marino (21 July 1997). "Leonard outduels Parnevik". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. B1.
  6. ^ "Open Championship: course". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 17 July 1997. p. 10C.
  7. ^ a b Sirak, Ron (19 July 1997). "Birdie barrage hits Troon". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon, U.S.). Associated Press. p. 1D.
  8. ^ Sirak, Ron (20 July 1997). "Parnevik picks up the pace at Troon". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon, U.S.). Associated Press. p. 1G.
  9. ^ "1997 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 2 July 2012.

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