2017 Open Championship

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2017 Open Championship
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Tournament information
Dates 20–23 July 2017
Location Southport, England
Course(s) Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Organized by The R&A
Tour(s)
Statistics
Par 70
Length 7,156 yards (6,543 m)
Field 156 players, 77 after cut
Cut 145 (+5)
Prize fund US$10,250,000[1]
€8,935,572
£7,890,000 (est.)[2]
Winner's share $1,845,000
€1,608,403
£1,420,000 (est.)[2]
Champion
United States Jordan Spieth
268 (−12)
Royal Birkdale Golf Club is located in England
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Location in England
 Royal Birkdale Golf Club is located in Merseyside
 Royal Birkdale Golf Club
 Royal Birkdale
 Golf Club
Location in Southport, Merseyside,
north of Liverpool, England

The 2017 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 146th Open Championship, held from 20–23 July at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. It was the tenth Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, which held its first in 1954.[3]

Jordan Spieth shot four rounds under 70 for a score of 268, three strokes ahead of runner-up Matt Kuchar. It was Spieth's second wire-to-wire win at a major, following his 2015 Masters win. In the third round, Branden Grace scored 62, which set a new major championship record.[4]

This was the first year that the prize money was paid in U. S. dollars, rather than British pounds.[5]

Media[edit]

This was the second Open Championship televised domestically by Sky Sports.[6] In the United States, it is the second Open Championship to be televised by NBC (Golf Channel's parent network).[7]

Venue[edit]

The 2017 event is the tenth Open Championship played at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.[8] Before 2017 the most recent was in 2008, where Pádraig Harrington successfully defended his 2007 title from Carnoustie.

The 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yardage n/a 448 422 451 199 346 499 177 458 416 3416 402 436 183 499 200 542 438 567 473 3740 7,156
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 34 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 4 36 70

Lengths of the course for previous Opens:[9]

Field[edit]

Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.

1. The Open Champions aged 60 or under on 23 July 2017

Stewart Cink (2), Darren Clarke (2), John Daly, David Duval, Ernie Els (2), Todd Hamilton, Pádraig Harrington (2), Zach Johnson (2,17), Paul Lawrie, Tom Lehman, Sandy Lyle, Rory McIlroy (2,3,4,5,10,12,17), Phil Mickelson (2,3,4,12,17), Mark O'Meara, Louis Oosthuizen (2,4,5), Henrik Stenson (2,3,4,5,17)

2. The Open Champions for 2007–2016
3. Top 10 finishers and ties in the 2016 Open Championship

Sergio García (4,5,9,17), Bill Haas (4), Tyrrell Hatton (4,5), J. B. Holmes (4,12,17), Dustin Johnson (4,8,12,17), Andrew Johnston (5), Søren Kjeldsen (5), Steve Stricker

4. Top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for Week 21, 2017

Daniel Berger (12), Wesley Bryan, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (5,17), Paul Casey (12), Kevin Chappell (12), Jason Day (10,11,12), Ross Fisher (5), Matthew Fitzpatrick (5,17), Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler (11,17), Branden Grace (5), Emiliano Grillo (12), Adam Hadwin, Billy Horschel, Kim Si-woo (11,12), Kevin Kisner (12), Russell Knox (12), Brooks Koepka (8,17), Matt Kuchar (12,17), Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama (12,21), William McGirt (12), Francesco Molinari (5), Ryan Moore (12,17), Alexander Norén (5,6), Pat Perez, Thomas Pieters (5,17), Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed (12,17), Justin Rose (8,14,17), Charl Schwartzel (5,12), Adam Scott (9,12), Jordan Spieth (8,9,12,17), Hideto Tanihara (22), Justin Thomas (12), Jimmy Walker (10,12,17), Bubba Watson (9,12), Bernd Wiesberger (5), Danny Willett (5,9,17), Gary Woodland (12)

5. Top 30 on the 2016 Race to Dubai

Richard Bland, Scott Hend (18), David Horsey, Thongchai Jaidee, Martin Kaymer (8,17), Li Haotong, Shane Lowry, Joost Luiten, Thorbjørn Olesen, Andy Sullivan (17), Wang Jeung-hun, Lee Westwood (17), Chris Wood (6,17)

6. Last three BMW PGA Championship winners

An Byeong-hun

7. Top 5 players, not already exempt, within the top 20 of the 2017 Race to Dubai through the BMW International Open

Dylan Frittelli, Pablo Larrazábal, Alexander Lévy, David Lipsky, Fabrizio Zanotti

8. Last five U.S. Open winners
9. Last five Masters Tournament winners
10. Last five PGA Championship winners

Jason Dufner (12)

11. Last three Players Championship winners
12. The 30 qualifiers for the 2016 Tour Championship

Roberto Castro, Kevin Na, Sean O'Hair, Jhonattan Vegas

13. Top 5 players, not already exempt, within the top 20 of the 2017 FedEx Cup points list through the Travelers Championship

Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Charley Hoffman, Brendan Steele

14. Winner of the 2016 Olympic Golf Tournament
15. Winner of the 2016 Open de Argentina

Kent Bulle

16. Winner and runner-up from the 2017 Korea Open

Chang Yi-keun, Kim Gi-whan

17. Playing members of the 2016 Ryder Cup teams
18. Winner of the 2016 Asian Tour Order of Merit
19. Winner of the 2016 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit

Matthew Griffin

20. Winner of the 2016–17 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit

Brandon Stone

21. Winner of the 2016 Japan Open
22. Top 2 on the 2016 Japan Golf Tour Official Money List

Yuta Ikeda

23. Top 2, not already exempt, on the 2017 Japan Golf Tour Official Money List through the Japan Golf Tour Championship

Yūsaku Miyazato, Shaun Norris

24. Winner of the 2016 Senior Open Championship

Paul Broadhurst

25. Winner of the 2017 Amateur Championship

Harry Ellis (a)

26. Winner of the 2016 U.S. Amateur

Curtis Luck forfeited his exemption after turning professional in April 2017.

27. Winners of the 2016 and 2017 editions of the European Amateur

Luca Cianchetti (a), Alfie Plant (a)

28. Recipient of the 2016 Mark H. McCormack Medal

Maverick McNealy (a)

Open Qualifying Series

The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) consists of 10 events from the six major tours. Places are available to the leading players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top n and ties. In the event of ties, positions go to players ranked highest according to that week's OWGR.

Location Tournament Date Spots Top Qualifiers
Australia Emirates Australian Open 20 Nov 3 10 Aaron Baddeley, Ashley Hall, Cameron Smith
Singapore SMBC Singapore Open 22 Jan 4 12 Phachara Khongwatmai, Jbe' Kruger, Prayad Marksaeng, Song Young-han
South Africa Joburg Open 26 Feb 3 10 Darren Fichardt, Stuart Manley, Paul Waring
Japan Mizuno Open 28 May 4 12 Adam Bland, Michael Hendry, Chan Kim, Kim Kyung-tae
France HNA Open de France 2 Jul 3 10 Alexander Björk, Michael Lorenzo-Vera, Peter Uihlein
United States Quicken Loans National 2 Jul 4 12 Charles Howell III, Kang Sung-hoon, Martin Laird, Kyle Stanley
Ireland Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 9 Jul 3 10 David Drysdale, Ryan Fox, Richie Ramsay
United States Greenbrier Classic 9 Jul 4 12 Jamie Lovemark, Sebastián Muñoz, Xander Schauffele, Robert Streb
Scotland Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 16 Jul 3 10 Andrew Dodt, Matthieu Pavon, Callum Shinkwin
United States John Deere Classic 16 Jul 1 5 Bryson DeChambeau
Final Qualifying

The Final Qualifying events were played on 4 July at five courses covering Scotland and the North-West, Central and South-coast regions of England. Three qualifying places were available at each location.

Gailes LinksRyan McCarthy, Julian Suri, Connor Syme (a)
HillsideAdam Hodkinson, Nick McCarthy, Haydn McCullen
Notts (Hollinwell)Laurie Canter, Joe Dean, Mark Foster
Royal Cinque PortsAustin Connelly, Robert Dinwiddie, Matthew Southgate
WoburnShiv Kapur, Ian Poulter, Toby Tree
Alternates

To make up the full field of 156, additional places are allocated in ranking order from the Official World Golf Ranking at the time that these places are made available by the Championship Committee.

  1. Webb Simpson (ranked 61, week 26)
  2. Scott Piercy (65; declined spot)
  3. Anirban Lahiri (66; replaced Piercy)[13]
  4. Tony Finau (ranked 64, week 27; replaced Ben Curtis)[11]
  5. James Hahn (66; replaced Brandt Snedeker)[12]

Nationalities in the field[edit]

North America (54) South America (4) Europe (58) Oceania (13) Asia (18) Africa (9)
 Canada (2)  Argentina (1)  England (28)  Australia (11)  China (1)  South Africa (9)
 United States (52)  Colombia (1)  Northern Ireland (2)  New Zealand (2)  India (2)
 Paraguay (1)  Scotland (7)  Japan (4)
 Venezuela (1)  Wales (1)  South Korea (8)
 Ireland (2)  Thailand (3)
 Austria (1)
 Belgium (1)
 Denmark (2)
 France (3)
 Germany (1)
 Italy (2)
 Netherlands (1)
 Spain (4)
 Sweden (3)

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 2014 71 68 69 67 275 −5 T4
Henrik Stenson  Sweden 2016 69 73 65 70 277 −3 T11
Zach Johnson  United States 2015 75 66 71 66 278 −2 T14
Ernie Els  South Africa 2002, 2012 68 73 70 74 285 +5 61

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 2007, 2008 73 73 146 +6
Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 2011 75 73 148 +8
Tom Lehman  United States 1996 72 76 148 +8
Paul Lawrie  Scotland 1999 70 79 149 +9
Phil Mickelson  United States 2013 73 77 150 +10
Stewart Cink  United States 2009 77 73 150 +10
David Duval  United States 2001 79 72 151 +11
Mark O'Meara  United States 1998 81 70 151 +11
Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 2010 78 74 152 +12
John Daly  United States 1995 74 78 152 +12
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1985 77 76 153 +13
Todd Hamilton  United States 2004 79 79 158 +18

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Three Americans – Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, and Jordan Spieth – shared the lead after the first round on five under par, a shot clear of England's Paul Casey and Charl Schwartzel, with Ian Poulter a further shot back.[14] Reigning champion Henrik Stenson was one under after a 69. Rory McIlroy was five over par after six holes but recovered to finish with a one-over-par 71.[15][16]

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Brooks Koepka  United States 65 −5
Matt Kuchar  United States
Jordan Spieth  United States
T4 Paul Casey  England 66 −4
Charl Schwartzel  South Africa
T6 Richard Bland  England 67 −3
Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain
Austin Connelly  Canada
Charley Hoffman  United States
Ian Poulter  England
Justin Thomas  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, 21 July 2017

In difficult conditions, Jordan Spieth followed his first round 65 with a 69 to lead by two strokes from Matt Kuchar.[17] Only eight players scored under par for their second rounds, Zach Johnson's 66 being the best round of the day. Alfie Plant was the only amateur to make the cut. He eagled the par-five 15th on his way to a 73 and a 36-hole total of 144.[18]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jordan Spieth  United States 65-69=134 −6
2 Matt Kuchar  United States 65-71=136 −4
T3 Brooks Koepka  United States 65-72=137 −3
Ian Poulter  England 67-70=137
5 Richie Ramsay  Scotland 68-70=138 −2
T6 Richard Bland  England 67-72=139 −1
Austin Connelly  Canada 67-72=139
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 71-68=139
Gary Woodland  United States 70-69=139
T10 Kent Bulle  United States 68-72=140 E
Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain 67-73=140
Charley Hoffman  United States 67-73=140
Russell Henley  United States 70-70=140
Chan Kim  United States 72-68=140
Jamie Lovemark  United States 71-69=140
Joost Luiten  Netherlands 68-72=140
Hideki Matsuyama  Japan 68-72=140
Alexander Norén  Sweden 68-72=140
Bubba Watson  United States 68-72=140

Amateurs: Plant (+4), Syme (+9), Cianchetti (+11), Ellis (+12), McNealy (+12)

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Jordan Spieth shot a 65 to take a three-stroke lead over Matt Kuchar, who shot a 66. On an easier day of scoring, Branden Grace scored 62, breaking the long-standing men's major championship record of 63.[19] There were also low rounds from Dustin Johnson, with a 64, and Henrik Stenson, with a 65, both getting into a tie for 7th place.[20]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jordan Spieth  United States 65-69-65=199 −11
2 Matt Kuchar  United States 65-71-66=202 −8
T3 Austin Connelly  Canada 67-72-66=205 −5
Brooks Koepka  United States 65-72-68=205
T5 Branden Grace  South Africa 70-74-62=206 −4
Hideki Matsuyama  Japan 68-72-66=206
T7 Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain 67-73-67=207 −3
Dustin Johnson  United States 71-72-64=207
Chan Kim  United States 72-68-67=207
Henrik Stenson  Sweden 69-73-65=207

Branden Grace scorecard[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 4
South Africa Grace −1 −1 −1 −2 −3 −3 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −7 −8 −8
Birdie

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Beginning the round with a three-shot lead, Jordan Spieth bogeyed three of his first four holes to fall into a tie with Matt Kuchar.[21] A birdie at the 5th combined with a bogey by Kuchar at the 6th allowed Spieth to re-open a two-stroke advantage, but a bogey-birdie swing at the 9th evened the score heading to the back-nine. The score remained level until the 13th, when Spieth hit his tee shot well to the right of the fairway. Forced to take an unplayable lie and drop from the practice area, he managed to get up-and-down to save bogey while Kuchar parred the hole to take the lead.[22] At the par-3 14th, however, Spieth nearly holed his tee shot and converted the birdie attempt to tie Kuchar.[23] Then at the par-5 15th, Spieth made a 48-foot (15 m) eagle putt to take the lead once again. With birdies on the next two holes Spieth played 14–17 in five-under to take a two-stroke lead heading to the last. When Kuchar found a greenside bunker and made bogey, Spieth was able to tap in for par and win the championship by three strokes.[24] Li Haotong birdied his last four holes for 63 (−7) and jump into third place at 274 (−6), the best finish for an Asian player at the Open Championship since Lu Liang-Huan in 1971, also at Royal Birkdale.[25] With the victory, Spieth joined Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers to win three legs of the career Grand Slam before the age of 24.[26]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jordan Spieth  United States 65-69-65-69=268 −12 1,845,000
2 Matt Kuchar  United States 65-71-66-69=271 −9 1,067,000
3 Li Haotong  China 69-73-69-63=274 −6 684,000
T4 Rafael Cabrera-Bello  Spain 67-73-67-68=275 −5 480,000
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 71-68-69-67=275
T6 Branden Grace  South Africa 70-74-62-70=276 −4 281,000
Brooks Koepka  United States 65-72-68-71=276
Marc Leishman  Australia 69-76-66-65=276
Alexander Norén  Sweden 68-72-69-67=276
Matthew Southgate  England 72-72-67-65=276

Source:[27]

Amateurs: Plant (+6)

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 4
United States Spieth −10 −10 −9 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −8 −10 −11 −12 −12
United States Kuchar −8 −9 −8 −8 −8 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −10 −9
China Li +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 E −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −3 −4 −5 −6
Spain Cabrera-Bello −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5
Northern Ireland McIlroy −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −5 −5

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey

Source:[27]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
2017 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
2017 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 53°37′19″N 3°01′59″W / 53.622°N 3.033°W / 53.622; -3.033