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2010 Open Championship

2010 Open Championship
Oosthuizen after winning the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews
Champion Louis Oosthuizen
with the Claret Jug.
Tournament information
Dates 15–18 July 2010
Location St Andrews, Scotland
Course(s) Old Course at St Andrews
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Par 72[1]
Length 7,305 yards (6,680 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 77 after cut[1]
Cut 146 (+2)[1]
Prize fund 4,800,000
Winner's share ₤850,000
Louis Oosthuizen
272 (−16)
St Andrews is located in Scotland
St Andrews
St Andrews
Location in Scotland
St Andrews is located in Fife
St Andrews
St Andrews
Location in Fife, Scotland

The 2010 Open Championship was held 15–18 July over the Old Course at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It was the 150th anniversary of the founding of The Open in 1860,[2] and the 28th time The Open was played at St Andrews. While the tournament is usually branded with the edition of the championship (for example, the previous year's Open was branded as the "138th Open Championship"), due to the special anniversary the R&A branded this tournament as the "150th Anniversary Open Championship", instead of using what would have been the normal "139th Open Championship" branding. The standard branding returned the following year.

The champion was Louis Oosthuizen with a 16-under-par total of 272, seven strokes clear of runner-up Lee Westwood, with Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson a further stroke behind at 280. It was Oosthuizen's first major championship victory, having only made the cut once from his eight previous appearances, at the PGA Championship in 2008.[3]


St Andrews is considered to be the home of golf, and as such, the current Open Championship rota means that the Old Course plays host to the championship every five years. Given the course's standing, even more attention is given to The Open whenever it visits the historic links.

The previous two Opens at St Andrews, in 2000 and 2005, were both won by Tiger Woods, the first with a record 19-under-par total. The primary change to the course from 2005 was at the par-4 17th hole; a new tee extended the Road Hole to 495 yards (453 m), an increase of 40 yards (37 m).[4][5] Although not altered, the measurement angle of the dogleg was revised for hole #7, resulting in a new length of 371 yards (339 m), a reduction of 19 yards (17 m).[6]

Card of the course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Burn 376 4 10 Bobby Jones 386 4
2 Dyke 453 4 11 High (In) 174 3
3 Cartgate (Out) 397 4 12 Heathery (In) 348 4
4 Ginger Beer 480 4 13 Hole O'Cross (In) 465 4
5 Hole O'Cross (Out) 568 5 14 Long 618 5
6 Heathery (Out) 412 4 15 Cartgate (In) 455 4
7 High (Out) 371 4 16 Corner of the Dyke 423 4
8 Short 175 3 17 Road 495 4
9 End 352 4 18 Tom Morris 357 4
Out 3,584 36 In 3,721 36
Total 7,305 72
Previous lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):[1]
  • 2005: 7,279 yards (6,656 m)
  • 2000: 7,115 yards (6,506 m)
  • 1995: 6,933 yards (6,340 m)
  • 1990: 6,933 yards (6,340 m)
  • 1984: 6,933 yards (6,340 m)
  • 1978: 6,933 yards (6,340 m)
  • 1970: 6,957 yards (6,361 m)
  • 1964: 6,926 yards (6,333 m)
  • 1960: 6,936 yards (6,342 m)
  • 1955: 6,936 yards (6,342 m)


Each year, around two thirds of The Open Championship field consists of players that are fully exempt from qualifying for the Open. The players who have already qualified for the 2010 Open Championship are listed below. Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.[7][8]

1. Past Open Champions aged 60 or under on 18 July 2010
Mark Calcavecchia, Stewart Cink (2,5,6,16,20), Ben Curtis (2,4), John Daly, David Duval (2), Ernie Els (2,4,5,6,7,16,20), Nick Faldo, Todd Hamilton (2), Pádraig Harrington (2,4,6,7,14,16), Paul Lawrie, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard (4,5,20), Sandy Lyle, Mark O'Meara, Tom Watson (4,5), Tiger Woods (2,4,6,12,14,16,20)
(Eligible but not playing: Ian Baker-Finch, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Price, Bill Rogers)
(Greg Norman (4) withdrew due to a shoulder injury.[9])

2. The Open Champions for 2000–2009

3. Past Open Champions born between 17 July 1944 and 19 July 1948
(Eligible but not playing: Johnny Miller)

4. Past Open Champions finishing in the top 10 and tying for 10th place in The Open Championship 2005–2009

5. First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place in the 2009 Open Championship
Thomas Aiken, Luke Donald (6,16), Mathew Goggin, Retief Goosen (6,7,16,20), Søren Hansen (7), Richard S. Johnson, Lee Westwood (6,7), Chris Wood

6. The first 50 players on the Official World Golf Rankings for Week 21, 2010
Robert Allenby (7,20), Ángel Cabrera (12,13,16,20), Paul Casey (7,8), K. J. Choi, Tim Clark (15,20), Ben Crane, Ross Fisher (7), Jim Furyk (16,20), Sergio García (7,15), Lucas Glover (12,16,20), Peter Hanson (7), Yuta Ikeda (25), Ryo Ishikawa (20), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (7,8), Dustin Johnson (16), Zach Johnson (13,16,20), Robert Karlsson, Martin Kaymer (7), Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell (12), Rory McIlroy (7), Hunter Mahan (16,20), Phil Mickelson (13,14,16,20), Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari (7), Kevin Na (16), Geoff Ogilvy (7,12,16,20), Sean O'Hair (16,20), Louis Oosthuizen, Kenny Perry (16,20), Ian Poulter (7), Álvaro Quirós (7), Charl Schwartzel (7), Adam Scott (20), Michael Sim (22), Henrik Stenson (7,15), Steve Stricker (16,20), Thongchai Jaidee (7,21), Camilo Villegas (7,20), Nick Watney (16), Oliver Wilson (7), Y. E. Yang (14,16,20)
(Anthony Kim (20) withdrew due to thumb surgery.[10])

7. First 30 in the PGA European Tour Final Race to Dubai for 2009
Simon Dyson, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Anders Hansen (23), Søren Kjeldsen, Thomas Levet, Ross McGowan, Alexander Norén, Robert Rock

8. The BMW PGA Championship winners for 2008–2010
Simon Khan

9. First 3 and anyone tying for 3rd place, not exempt having applied above, in the top 20 of the 2010 PGA European Tour Race to Dubai on completion of the 2010 BMW PGA Championship
Fredrik Andersson Hed, Rhys Davies (the only two golfers in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai at that time who were not already exempt)

10. First 2 European Tour members and any European Tour members tying for 2nd place, not exempt, in a cumulative money list taken from all official PGA European Tour events from OWGR Week 19 up to and including the BMW International Open and including the U.S. Open
Stephen Gallacher, Grégory Havret

11. The leading player, not exempt having applied above, in the first 5 and ties of each of the 2010 Alstom Open de France and the 2010 Barclays Scottish Open
Alejandro Cañizares, Darren Clarke

12. The U.S. Open Champions for 2006–2010

13. The U.S. Masters Champions for 2006–2010
Trevor Immelman

14. The U.S. PGA Champions for 2005–2009

15. The U.S. PGA Tour Players Champions for 2008–2010

16. Top 30 on the Official 2009 PGA Tour FedEx Cup points list
Jason Dufner, Brian Gay, Jerry Kelly, Marc Leishman, Steve Marino, John Senden, Heath Slocum, Scott Verplank, Mike Weir (20)
(David Toms withdrew due to a shoulder injury.[10])

17. First 3 and anyone tying for 3rd place, not exempt having applied above, in the top 20 of the FedEx Cup points list of the 2010 PGA Tour on completion of the HP Byron Nelson Championship
Jason Bohn, Bill Haas, J. B. Holmes

18. First 2 PGA Tour members and any PGA Tour members tying for 2nd place, not exempt, in a cumulative money list taken from The Players Championship and the five PGA Tour events leading up to and including the 2010 AT&T National
Justin Rose, Bubba Watson

19. The leading player, not exempt having applied above, in the first 5 and ties of each of the 2010 AT&T National and the 2010 John Deere Classic
Paul Goydos, Ryan Moore

20. Playing members of the 2009 Presidents Cup teams
Vijay Singh

21. First place on the 2009 Asian Tour Order of Merit

22. First place on the 2009 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit

23. First place on the 2009 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit

24. The 2009 Japan Open Champion
Ryuichi Oda

25. First 2, not exempt, on the Official Money List of the Japan Golf Tour for 2009
Koumei Oda

26. The leading 4 players, not exempt, in the 2010 Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic
Hirofumi Miyase, Park Jae-bum, Shunsuke Sonoda, Toru Taniguchi

27. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, not exempt having applied (26) above, in a cumulative money list taken from all official 2010 Japan Golf Tour events up to and including the 2010 Mizuno Open Yomiuri Classic
Kim Kyung-tae, Katsumasa Miyamoto

28. The Senior British Open Champion for 2009
Loren Roberts

29. The 2010 Amateur Champion
Jin Jeong (a)

30. The 2009 U.S. Amateur Champion
An Byeong-hun (a)

31. The 2009 European Individual Amateur Champion
Victor Dubuisson (a)

International Final Qualifying

Australasia: Kurt Barnes, Ewan Porter, Peter Senior
Africa: Josh Cunliffe, Darren Fichardt, Jean Hugo
Asia: Danny Chia, Eric Chun (a), Hiroyuki Fujita, Noh Seung-yul
America: Cameron Percy, Tom Pernice, Jr., Tim Petrovic, D. A. Points, Bo Van Pelt
Europe: Thomas Bjørn, Andrew Coltart, Bradley Dredge, Ignacio Garrido, Estanislao Goya, José Manuel Lara, Shane Lowry, Gareth Maybin, Colin Montgomerie, Marcel Siem

Local Final Qualifying

Fairmont St Andrews: Laurie Canter (a), Mark Haastrup, Zane Scotland
Kingsbarns Links: Jamie Abbott (a), Colm Moriarty, Tom Whitehouse
Ladybank: Phillip Archer, Simon Edwards, Tyrrell Hatton (a)
Scotscraig: Gary Clark, Paul Streeter, Steven Tiley
  • (a) denotes amateur

Drawn from the Official World Golf Rankings of 4 July 2010[11] (provide the player was entered in the Open and did not withdraw from qualifying):[7]

Past champions in the field

Made the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tom Lehman  United States 1996 71 68 75 70 284 –4 T14
Tiger Woods  United States 2000, 2005, 2006 67 73 73 72 285 –3 T23
Stewart Cink  United States 2009 70 74 71 74 289 +1 T48
John Daly  United States 1995 66 76 74 73 289 +1 T48
Mark Calcavecchia  United States 1989 70 67 77 80 294 +6 73rd

Missed the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Mark O'Meara  United States 1998 69 78 147 +3
Ernie Els  South Africa 2002 69 79 148 +4
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
73 75 148 +4
Ben Curtis  United States 2003 76 73 149 +5
Todd Hamilton  United States 2004 72 77 149 +5
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 2007, 2008 73 77 150 +6
Justin Leonard  United States 1997 76 74 150 +6
Paul Lawrie  Scotland 1999 69 82 151 +7
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 75 76 151 +7
Nick Faldo  England 1987, 1990, 1992 72 81 153 +9
David Duval  United States 2001 77 78 155 +11

Round summaries

First round

Thursday, 15 July 2010

For the 28th time, the Open Championship took to the Old Course at St Andrews, and it played perhaps the easiest it has in all its history. Overall, 73 golfers played their first round under par. The round of the day was by Rory McIlroy, who tied a major championship record with a round of 63 which was good for −9. It was only the eighth 63 in Open Championship history, and 22nd time a 63 has been carded in major championship history.[13] McIlroy was bogey free and played his last ten holes at −8. South African, Louis Oosthuizen put himself alone in 2nd place after day 1 with a −7, 65. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the first round was turned in by John Daly. The 1995 champion at St Andrews turned in a −6, 66 and was among five golfers tied for third. Bradley Dredge, Peter Hanson, Andrew Coltart, and Steven Tiley were the others tied with Daly at −6. Tiger Woods, who switched from his old Scotty Cameron putter to a Nike Method putter that week, headlined the group of nine tied for 8th at −5. The other notables in that group were 2009 PGA Champion Yang Yong-eun and Lee Westwood. 2009 Open Champion Stewart Cink and 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, each shot one-under 71s which earned them ties for 58th after the first round. 2010 Masters champion Phil Mickelson, struggling with the putter, ended up among those over par with a one-over 73.[14]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 63 −9
2 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 65 −7
T3 Andrew Coltart  Scotland 66 −6
John Daly  United States
Bradley Dredge  Wales
Peter Hanson  Sweden
Steven Tiley  England
T8 Fredrik Andersson Hed  Sweden 67 −5
Alejandro Cañizares  Spain
Lucas Glover  United States
Sean O'Hair  United States
Marcel Siem  Germany
Nick Watney  United States
Lee Westwood  England
Tiger Woods  United States
Yang Yong-eun  South Korea

Second round

Friday, 16 July 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010

Mark Calcavecchia had the earliest tee time and took advantage of the morning conditions to shoot a 67 (−5) for a 137 (−7). Louis Oosthuizen played in the next group and also shot 67 to move into first place at 132 (−12), five shots ahead of Calcavecchia. Phil Mickelson posted a 71 to get to even-par 144. However, the conditions were significantly worse in the afternoon. Rory McIlroy followed his 63 (−9) in the opening round with 80 (+8) for 143 (−1).[15] Jason Dufner's golf ball would not stay still on the 7th green due to the gale force 40 mph (64 km/h) winds, which caused play to be suspended for 66 minutes. Winds also caused backup on the course, and some rounds took 7½ hours. Tiger Woods had a bad start with bogeys on the first two holes, and despite three-putting four times that day, grinded out to shoot 73 (+1) on Friday for 140 (−4), 8 shots behind the leader. Notable players who missed the cut were Ernie Els, Pádraig Harrington, Tom Watson, and Jim Furyk.[16]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 65-67=132 −12
2 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 70-67=137 −7
T3 Alejandro Cañizares  Spain 67-71=138 −6
Paul Casey  England 69-69=138
Jin Jeong (a)  South Korea 68-70=138
Lee Westwood  England 67-71=138
T7 Ricky Barnes  United States 68-71=139 −5
Retief Goosen  South Africa 69-70=139
Peter Hanson  Sweden 66-73=139
Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 72-67=139
Tom Lehman  United States 71-68=139
Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 71-68=139
Sean O'Hair  United States 67-72=139

Amateurs: Jeong (−6), Chun (+3), An (+7), Abbott (+8), Dubuisson (+9), Hatton (+11), Canter (+16).

  • Due to darkness, the second round was suspended at 9:43 pm BST and completed on Saturday morning.

Third round

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Mark Calcavecchia quickly fell out of contention when he played his first 5 holes 7 over par. Tiger Woods never made a move because of his poor putting, needing 35 putts for the round and had 10 three-putts through 54 holes. Phil Mickelson mounted a charge after being 4-under-par through 13 holes of this round, but fell back with a double-bogey on 16. Louis Oosthuizen's consistency never wavered, and he ended the day with a 4-shot lead over Paul Casey who shot a solid round of 67.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 65-67-69=201 −15
2 Paul Casey  England 69-69-67=205 −11
3 Martin Kaymer  Germany 70-71-68=208 −8
T4 Henrik Stenson  Sweden 68-74-67=209 −7
Alejandro Cañizares  Spain 67-71-71=209
Lee Westwood  England 67-71-71=209
7 Dustin Johnson  United States 69-72-69=210 −6
T8 Nick Watney  United States 67-73-71=211 −5
Retief Goosen  South Africa 69-70-72=211
Sean O'Hair  United States 67-72-72=211
Ricky Barnes  United States 68-71-72=211

Final round

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Louis Oosthuizen shot a final round 71 to win his first major championship by 7 shots. He played consistently all day, including an eagle at the drivable 9th hole. Paul Casey was in contention until a triple bogey at the 12th, which Oosthuizen birdied.[17] Earlier in the day, Rickie Fowler shot the round of the day with a 67 to move into a tie for 14th despite opening the championship with a 79, and his scorecard that week was 79-67-71-67. Tiger Woods switched back to his old putter with improved results, but poor ball striking left him with an even-par 72. Phil Mickelson made a charge earlier in his round, 2-under-par in his round thru 5 holes, but poor putting led to him playing the rest of his round 5 over par for a 75. Rory McIlroy bounced back well from his 80 on Friday and finished tied for 3rd place.

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 65-67-69-71=272 −16 850,000
2 Lee Westwood  England 67-71-71-70=279 −9 500,000
T3 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 63-80-69-68=280 −8 256,667
Henrik Stenson  Sweden 68-74-67-71=280
Paul Casey  England 69-69-67-75=280
6 Retief Goosen  South Africa 69-70-72-70=281 −7 175,000
T7 Robert Rock  England 68-78-67-69=282 −6 121,250
Nick Watney  United States 67-73-71-71=282
Sean O'Hair  United States 67-72-72-71=282
Martin Kaymer  Germany 69-71-68-74=282

Amateurs: Jeong (–4).

Complete Final Leaderboard


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External links

  • The 2010 Open
  • Coverage on the European Tour's official site
  • Coverage from the PGA of America's official site
  • 2010 Open
Preceded by
2010 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
2010 PGA Championship

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