|Dates||19–22 July 2012|
|Location||Lytham St Annes,|
|Course(s)||Royal Lytham & St Annes|
|Organized by||The R&A|
|Length||7,086 yards (6,479 m)|
|Field||156 players, 83 after cut|
The 2012 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 141st Open Championship, held from 19−22 July at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England. Ernie Els won his second Claret Jug, one stroke ahead of runner-up Adam Scott. Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker finished tied for third, four strokes behind Els, who gained his fourth major title.
Scott was the leader after 54 holes at 199 (−11), with Els six strokes back, tied for fifth. After a birdie at the 14th hole, Scott was four strokes ahead with four holes to play. Els, two groups ahead of Scott on the course, birdied the 18th hole for a score of 68 and the clubhouse lead at 273 (−7). When Scott agonizingly bogeyed each of the final four holes, he dropped to second and Els won the Championship by a single stroke.
Entering the final round, Graeme McDowell and Snedeker were tied for second at 203 (−7), four strokes behind Scott. McDowell shot a 75 (+5) and Snedeker a 74 to knock them out of contention; Woods had a triple bogey at the sixth hole and carded a 73 to tie for third with Snedeker.
The 2012 event was the eleventh Open Championship to be played at Royal Lytham & St Annes. The previous one was in 2001, when David Duval won his only major championship, three strokes clear of runner-up Niclas Fasth. Tom Lehman won the previous Open at the venue, in 1996.
^ Hole #6 was a par 5 in previous Opens.
Lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):
1. Past Open Champions aged 60 or under on 22 July 2012
Mark Calcavecchia, Stewart Cink (2,4), Darren Clarke (2,4,5,7), Ben Curtis (2,4), John Daly, David Duval, Ernie Els (2,4,6,20), Todd Hamilton (2), Pádraig Harrington (2,4,14), Paul Lawrie (6,7), Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard (4), Sandy Lyle, Louis Oosthuizen (2,4,6,7), Tiger Woods (2,6,12,14,20)
- Eligible but not competing: Ian Baker-Finch, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman (4), Nick Price, Bill Rogers.
- Mark O'Meara withdrew due to an unspecified injury.
2. The Open Champions for 2002–2011
3. Past Open Champions born between 22 July 1946 and 19 July 1948
(This exemption category was introduced in 2008 when the age limit for past Open Champions was reduced from 65 to 60. It enabled those past Champions aged 60 to 65 at that time to continue playing until they were 65. Johnny Miller is now the only player in this category. He has not played in the Open since 1991.)
4. Past Open Champions finishing in the top 10 and tying for 10th place in The Open Championship 2007–2011
5. First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place in the 2011 Open Championship
Thomas Bjørn (6,7), Chad Campbell, Simon Dyson (6,7), Rickie Fowler (6), Sergio García (6,7), Raphaël Jacquelin, Dustin Johnson (6,16,20), Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson (6,13,16,20)
6. The first 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking for Week 20, 2012
Aaron Baddeley (16,20), Bae Sang-moon (24), Keegan Bradley (14,16), K. J. Choi (15,16,20), Nicolas Colsaerts (7), Luke Donald (7,8,16), Jason Dufner (16), Jim Furyk (20), Bill Haas (16,20), Anders Hansen (7), Peter Hanson (7), Fredrik Jacobson (16), Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer (7,14), Matt Kuchar (15,16,20), Martin Laird, Hunter Mahan (16,20), Graeme McDowell (7,12), Rory McIlroy (7,12), Francesco Molinari (7), Kevin Na, Geoff Ogilvy (16,20), Carl Pettersson, Ian Poulter (7), Álvaro Quirós (7), Justin Rose (16), Charl Schwartzel (7,13,20), Adam Scott (16,20), John Senden (16), Brandt Snedeker (16), Steve Stricker (16,20), Bo Van Pelt (16), Nick Watney (16,20), Bubba Watson (13,16,20), Lee Westwood (7), Mark Wilson (16)
- Jason Day (16,20) did not compete for personal reasons.
- Robert Karlsson did not compete.
- Webb Simpson (12,16,20) did not compete for personal reasons.
- David Toms (16,20) did not compete.
7. First 30 in the European Tour Race to Dubai for 2011
Thomas Aiken, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey, George Coetzee, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Grégory Havret, Michael Hoey, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Pablo Larrazábal, Joost Luiten, Alexander Norén, Richie Ramsay
9. First 3 and anyone tying for 3rd place, not exempt having applied above, in the top 20 of the 2012 PGA European Tour Race to Dubai on completion of the 2012 BMW PGA Championship
Branden Grace, Jbe' Kruger, Robert Rock
10. First 2 European Tour members and any European Tour members tying for 2nd place, not exempt, in a cumulative money list taken from the seven official European Tour events leading up to and including the 2012 Irish Open
Thongchai Jaidee, Richard Sterne
17. First 3 and anyone tying for 3rd place, not exempt having applied from #6, in the top 20 of the FedEx Cup points list of the 2012 PGA Tour on completion of the HP Byron Nelson Championship
John Huh, Kyle Stanley, Johnson Wagner
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 2012 Greenbrier Classic
Marc Leishman, Ted Potter, Jr.
24. The 2011 Japan Open Champion
27. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, not exempt having applied (26) above, in a cumulative money list taken from all official 2012 Japan Golf Tour events up to and including the 2012 Mizuno Open
Yoshinori Fujimoto, Brendan Jones
28. The Senior British Open Champion for 2011
30. The 2011 U.S. Amateur Champion
32. The Mark H. McCormack Medal winner for 2011.
- Patrick Cantlay forfeited his exemption by turning professional in June 2012.
International Final Qualifying
- Australasia: Nick Cullen, Ashley Hall, Aaron Townsend
- Africa: Adilson da Silva, Andrew Georgiou, Grant Veenstra
- Asia: Kodai Ichihara, Anirban Lahiri, Mardan Mamat, Prayad Marksaeng
- America: Stephen Ames, Daniel Chopra, James Driscoll, Harris English, Bob Estes, Justin Hicks, Greg Owen, Andrés Romero
- Europe: Matthew Baldwin, Alejandro Cañizares, Jamie Donaldson, Richard Finch, Ross Fisher, Marcus Fraser, James Morrison, Thorbjørn Olesen, Lee Slattery, Sam Walker
Local Final Qualifying
- Hillside: Warren Bennett, Steven Tiley, Dale Whitnell
- Southport & Ainsdale: Ian Keenan, Morten Ørum Madsen, Elliot Saltman
- St Annes Old Links: Paul Broadhurst, Rafael Echenique, Barry Lane
- West Lancashire: Steven Alker, Steven O'Hara, Scott Pinckney
- (a) denotes amateur
Twenty players were appearing in their first major championship: Nick Cullen, Alan Dunbar, Harris English, Yoshinori Fujimoto, Andrew Georgiou, Ashley Hall, John Huh, Kodai Ichihara, Ian Keenan, Jbe' Kruger, Anirban Lahiri, Morten Ørum Madsen, Garth Mulroy, Steven O'Hara, Juvic Pagunsan, Ted Potter, Jr., Aaron Townsend, Manuel Trappel, Grant Veenstra, and Dale Whitnell.
A further 12 players were appearing in their first Open Championship: Matthew Baldwin, Keegan Bradley, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Justin Hicks, Troy Kelly, Troy Matteson, James Morrison, Scott Pinckney, Chez Reavie, Michael Thompson, Johnson Wagner, and Sam Walker.
Where places are available to make up the full entry of 156, these additional places are allocated in ranking order from the Official World Golf Ranking. The alternates are allocated when it becomes clear that additional places are available (using the latest World Rankings), except that places allocated after the issue of Week 27 rankings (9 July) use those rankings.
After the final qualifying events on 15 July there were 157 qualified players. The withdrawal of Robert Karlsson reduced the field size to the usual 156. Russ Cochran then withdrew and was replaced by Michael Thompson (ranked 56), as Ben Crane (ranked 54) chose not to travel.
Nationalities in the field
|North America (47)||South America (4)||Europe (58)||Oceania (15)||Asia (18)||Africa (14)|
|Canada (1)||Argentina (2)||England (21)||Australia (13)||India (2)||South Africa (14)|
|United States (46)||Brazil (1)||Northern Ireland (5)||Fiji (1)||Japan (8)|
|Scotland (6)||New Zealand (1)||Philippines (1)|
|Wales (1)||Singapore (1)|
|Ireland (1)||South Korea (4)|
|Austria (1)||Thailand (2)|
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||2002||67||70||68||68||273||−7||1|
|Tiger Woods||United States||2000, 2005, 2006||67||67||70||73||277||−3||T3|
|Mark Calcavecchia||United States||1989||71||68||69||72||280||E||T9|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||2010||72||68||68||73||281||+1||T19|
|Pádraig Harrington||Ireland||2007, 2008||70||72||70||73||285||+5||T39|
|Tom Watson||United States||1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
|John Daly||United States||1995||72||71||77||74||294||+14||T81|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|David Duval||United States||2001||74||71||145||+5|
|Tom Lehman||United States||1996||73||72||145||+5|
|Stewart Cink||United States||2009||72||73||145||+5|
|Todd Hamilton||United States||2004||72||74||146||+6|
|Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||2011||76||71||147||+7|
|Justin Leonard||United States||1997||75||73||148||+8|
|Ben Curtis||United States||2003||75||74||149||+9|
Thursday, 19 July 2012
The weather conditions during the first day of the tournament turned out to be less harsh than expected, with very little wind and cloudy skies. Adam Scott made eight birdies and only two bogeys en route to a 6-under-par 64, tying the course record. Tiger Woods shot a 3-under 67, hitting all but one fairway in regulation.
|Zach Johnson||United States|
|5||Brandt Snedeker||United States||66||−4|
|T6||Ernie Els||South Africa||67||−3|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland|
|Steve Stricker||United States|
|Bubba Watson||United States|
|Tiger Woods||United States|
Friday, 20 July 2012
Some rain showers wet the course overnight and in the early morning hours, but the calm conditions continued into day two of the tournament. Brandt Snedeker fired a bogey-free round of 64 to vault to the top of the leaderboard, one shot ahead of Adam Scott, who shot 67. Tiger Woods, for the second straight round, only missed one fairway in regulation and shot another 3-under 67, including a holed green-side bunker shot for birdie on the 18th hole, to enter the weekend trailing the lead by four shots.
For the first time since 2003, no amateurs made the halfway cut.
|1||Brandt Snedeker||United States||66-64=130||−10|
|3||Tiger Woods||United States||67-67=134||−6|
|T5||Thomas Aiken||South Africa||68-68=136||−4|
|Jason Dufner||United States||70-66=136|
|Matt Kuchar||United States||69-67=136|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||67-69=136|
|10||Ernie Els||South Africa||67-70=137||−3|
Saturday, 21 July 2012
In the third round, leader Brandt Snedeker faltered by shooting a 73 (3-over-par) to move him down to a tie for second with Graeme McDowell, who rose up to second place with a score of 67 (3-under-par). Adam Scott, who entered the round one stroke behind Snedeker, shot a 68 (two under par) to move to eleven strokes under par, retaking the lead from Snedeker. Tiger Woods shot an even par of 70 to stay at six strokes under par, moving him to fourth place behind Scott, McDowell, and Snedeker.
|T2||Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||67-69-67=203||−7|
|Brandt Snedeker||United States||66-64-73=203|
|4||Tiger Woods||United States||67-67-70=204||−6|
|T5||Ernie Els||South Africa||67-70-68=205||−5|
|Zach Johnson||United States||65-74-66=205|
|T8||Thomas Aiken||South Africa||68-68-71=207||−3|
|Bill Haas||United States||71-68-68=207|
|T10||Mark Calcavecchia||United States||71-68-69=208||−2|
|Matt Kuchar||United States||69-67-72=208|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||72-68-68=208|
|Bubba Watson||United States||67-73-68=208|
Sunday, 22 July 2012
In the fourth and final round, leader Adam Scott got off to a poor start on the front nine holes by scoring a 36 (2-over-par), bringing his score to nine-under par. Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, and Tiger Woods entered the round within striking distance of Scott, but each faltered and sank out of contention. McDowell shot a 75 (five-over-par), and fell to a tie for fifth with Luke Donald. Snedeker double-bogeyed the seventh and eighth holes, leading to a final round score of 74 (4-over-par), in a tie for third with Woods. Woods had trouble with a greenside bunker on the sixth hole, and triple-bogeyed the hole which he had birdied in each of the three previous rounds. Woods scored a 73 to put him into a tie for third with Snedeker.
Despite two bogeys on the front nine, Ernie Els got back to even par for the round with a birdie at the 12th hole and then birdied the 14th. Scott also birdied the 14th but bogeyed the next three to leave him at 7-under, tied with Els, who had birdied the final hole. On the tournament's 72nd hole, Scott put his tee shot into a bunker and had to exit sideways to the fairway. His third shot left him an 8-foot (2.4 m) par-saving putt to force a playoff, but it missed to the left. Els was bogey-free on the back nine with four birdies to card a 32 (−4) and win by one stroke.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money (£)|
|1||Ernie Els||South Africa||67-70-68-68=273||−7||900,000|
|T3||Brandt Snedeker||United States||66-64-73-74=277||−3||297,500|
|Tiger Woods||United States||67-67-70-73=277|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||67-69-67-75=278|
|T7||Thomas Aiken||South Africa||68-68-71-72=279||−1||142,500|
|T9||Mark Calcavecchia||United States||71-68-69-72=280||E||79,600|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||71-69-73-67=280|
|Dustin Johnson||United States||73-68-68-71=280|
|Zach Johnson||United States||65-74-66-75=280|
|Matt Kuchar||United States||69-67-72-72=280|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
|Eagle||Birdie||Bogey||Double bogey||Triple bogey+|
Notes and references
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- 141st Open - Royal Lytham and St Annes 2012 (Official site)
- 141st Open Championship - Royal Lytham and St Annes (European Tour)
- 2012 Open Championship (PGA of America)
- 2012 Open Championship (about.sports)
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