The 1999 British Open was the 128th time the tournament was played, and the site of one of the most infamous collapses in major championship history.
Winner: Paul Lawrie, 290
Where it was played: Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus, Scotland
Tournament dates: July 15-18, 1999
Leader after first round: Rod Pampling, 71
Leader after second round: Jean van de Velde, 143
Leader after third round: Jean van de Velde, 213
Notable Notes: Jean van de Velde suffered one of the epic collapses in golf history at this Open. He led by five entering the final round, and led by three shots as he arrived on the final tee. He could have double-bogied and won, but instead he triple-bogied, then lost in a playoff.
The winner was Paul Lawrie (Justin Leonard was the third man in the playoff), who had started the final round 10 strokes off the lead. Lawrie thus set a new record for largest final-round comeback in a major. He won the playoff by three strokes.
As for Van de Velde's collapse: His drive was poor but safe. His approach into the green hit the metal grandstands and rebounded into very thick rough. He tried to gouge the ball across water to the green, but went into the water instead. After spending several minutes down in the water, mulling whether to try hitting out of the water, Van de Velde took the penalty and dropped behind the water again. This time, he cleared the water but hit into a bunker. He got up and down from the bunker for triple bogey.