A look at British Opens held at Royal Lytham

continued from page 1

Question of the Day

What has been the biggest debacle on Obama's watch?

View results

MARGIN: 2 shots

EARNINGS: 200,000 pounds.

RECAP: Tom Lehman became the first American professional to win at Royal Lytham with a command performance. He set a 54-hole record at 198 that put him too far ahead for anyone to catch him _ not that Nick Faldo didn’t have his chances. Three months after Faldo came from six shots behind to beat Greg Norman at the Masters, he was poised to do it again. His putter, however, refused to cooperate. Faldo missed four putts from inside 7 feet. Lehman was challenged briefly by Ernie Els and Mark McCumber, but he held on to win by two shots. It was the fourth time Lehman had been in contention in the last 10 majors. Jack Nicklaus, at 56, was within one shot of Lehman going into the weekend until a 77 in the third round dropped him from contention.

NOTEWORTHY: Tiger Woods, a 20-year-old at Stanford had a 66 in the second round and tied for 22nd. This was his last major as an amateur.


YEAR: 1988

WINNER: Seve Ballesteros

SCORE: 273

RUNNER-UP: Nick Price

MARGIN: 2 shots

EARNINGS: 80,000 pounds

RECAP: This was the final major for Ballesteros, and an Open remembered as much for the star power on the leaderboard as the decisive shot by the Spaniard. He had to hold off Nick Price, Nick Faldo and Fred Couples. Price and Faldo were tied going into the final round, but Ballesteros quickly made up the two-shot deficit as Faldo faltered. The turning point again came on the 16th hole. Instead of hitting into a car park, however, Ballesteros drilled a 1-iron into the fairway, and then followed with a 9-iron that settled 3 inches from the cup for a birdie that broke the tie. He closed with a 65, effectively clinching the win with a pitch that stopped a foot from the cup. Heavy rain led to the first Monday finish in Open Championship history.

NOTEWORTHY: Ballesteros became the only player in British Open history to win the claret jug on Saturday (1979), Sunday (1984) and Monday (1988).


YEAR: 1979

Story Continues →

View Entire Story

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Get Adobe Flash player
You Might Also Like
  • Nathan Walker waits to take the ice during the Capitals' development camp at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington on Monday, July 9, 2012. (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

    Nathan Walker’s NHL dreams send him around the world

  • Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon, third from left, smiles as he warms up with his teammates who were were wearing t-shirts in support of him for the All Star game before an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Anthony Rendon not an All-Star, but he’s been Nats’ MVP

  • Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter speaks during a media availability in the dugout before an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Monday, July 7, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    LOVERRO: Suck-up Buck Showalter needs history lesson

  • Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez, left, celebrates with goalkeeper Sergio Romero after scoring the decisive goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup final. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Argentina beats Dutch in shootout to reach World Cup final

  • Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson speaks during a media availability after an NFL football training camp practice at Redskins Park, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely by NFL — again

  • Celebrities In The News
  • Hall of Fame Inductees, KISS, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, and Ace Frehley speak at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April, 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    KISS rocker Gene Simmons touts 1 percent life: ‘It’s fantastic’

  • This image from video released by Funny Or Die shows President Obama, left, with actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis during an appearance on "Between Two Ferns," the digital short with a laser focus on reaching people aged 18 to 34. The president urged young people to sign up for the new health care plan through an appearance posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014, on the comic website Funny or Die, bypassing TV talk show titans like Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel for an online audience. (AP Photo/Funny Or Die)

    Obama’s ‘Ferns’ interview gets Emmy nod

  • ** FILE ** In this Nov. 12, 2013, file photo, actor Alec Baldwin leaves court in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    Alec Baldwin in talks to play Rob Ford-like mayor in new NBC drama