- Associated Press - Saturday, July 13, 2013

A capsule look at the 15 previous British Opens held at Muirfield Golf Club, where the 142nd British Open will be played July 18-21:


YEAR: 2002

WINNER: Ernie Els.

SCORE: 278.

RUNNER-UP: Thomas Levet, Stuart Appleby, Steve Elkington.

MARGIN: Playoff.

EARNINGS: 700,000 pounds.

RECAP: Tiger Woods’ bid for a calendar Grand Slam ended Saturday when the weather turned nasty for a two-hour spell, sending the Masters and U.S. Open champion to an 81, his worst score as a professional. Ernie Els steadied himself for a 72 to stay in the lead, and with a splendid bunker save on the 13th, the Big Easy was sailing right along. But he took a double bogey on the 16th hole, and had to finish birdie-par to join a record four-man playoff with Thomas Levet, Stuart Appleby and Steve Elkington. The Aussies were eliminated after the four-hole aggregate. Els saved par from a greenside bunker on the 18th hole _ the fifth playoff hole _ to beat Levet and win his first claret jug.

NOTEWORTHY: This was the first time the British Open had been decided by sudden death in a playoff.


YEAR: 1992

WINNER: Nick Faldo

SCORE: 272.

RUNNER-UP: John Cook.

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