The Tournament Within the Tournament, Final Results

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We have a winner. In our just-for-kicks Alternative Tournament – the one among the 11 players from the 1997 U.S. Open who returned to Congressional in 2011 – Lee Westwood shot a 70 in the final round and prevailed over Davis Love by three strokes. Westwood and Love also didn’t do too badly in the actual tournament, finishing tied for third and tied for 11th, respectively.   

Phil Mickelson, completely demoralized by having to play with Rory McIlroy the first two days, brought up the rear. Here’s the final scoreboard:

The 1997 Returnees Invitational

278 (-6) Lee Westwood (75-68-65-70)

281 (-3) Davis Love (70-71-70-70)

283 (-1) Steve Stricker (75-69-69-70)

289 (+5) Paddy Harrington (71-73-72-73)

291 (+7) Phil Mickelson (74-69-77-71)

Missed Cut

147 (+5) Stewart Cink

148 (+6) Ernie Els

149 (+7) Jim Furyk

149 (+7) David Toms

150 (+8) Fred Funk

151 (+9) Robert Allenby

We’ll see all you guys back here in 2025 – or whenever the Open deigns to visit us again.


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Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at

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