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2009 British Open

 

The 2009 British Open was 138th time the tournament was played. Stewart Cink won it in a playoff over 59-year-old Tom Watson.

Winner: Stewart Cink, 278

Where it was played: Turnberry (Ailsa Course), Ayrshire, Scotland

Tournament dates: July 16-19, 2009

Leader after first round: Miguel Angel Jimenez, 64

Leader after second round: Steve Marino and Tom Watson, 135

Leader after third round: Tom Watson, 206

Notable Notes: In 1977, Tom Watson won a famous duel at Turnberry over Jack Nicklaus in a British Open. Thirty-two years later Watson, now 59, surely couldn't do it again, right? For 71 holes, it looked as if Watson might. Against all odds, he held the third-round lead, and after a birdie on the 17th hole of the final round led by one. The 5-time Open champion needed a par on the last to win.

But Watson overshot the green, putted back on, then badly missed the par putt, dropping into a tie with Stewart Cink. In the 4-hole aggregate playoff, Watson appeared physically and emotionally spent, and it was no contest. Cink was a first-time major winner.

Final Scores
p-Stewart Cink 66-72-71-69--278
Tom Watson 65-70-71-72--278
Chris Wood 70-70-72-67--279
Lee Westwood 68-70-70-71--279
Luke Donald 71-72-70-67--280
Retief Goosen 67-70-71-72--280
Mathew Goggin 66-72-69-73--280
Soren Hansen 68-72-74-67--281
Ernie Els 69-72-72-68--281
Justin Leonard 70-70-73-68--281
Thomas Aiken 71-72-69-69--281
Richard S. Johnson 70-72-69-70--281
Jeff Overton 70-69-76-67--282
Andres Romero 68-74-73-67--282
Miguel Angel Jimenez 64-73-76-69--282
a-Matteo Manassero 71-70-72-69--282
Camilo Villegas 66-73-73-70--282
Justin Rose 69-72-71-70--282
Francesco Molinari 71-70-71-70--282
Henrik Stenson 71-70-71-70--282
Boo Weekley 67-72-72-71--282
Thongchai Jaidee 69-72-69-72--282
Ross Fisher 69-68-70-75--282
Peter Hanson 70-71-72-70--283
Oliver Wilson 72-70-71-70--283
Angel Cabrera 69-70-72-72--283
Davis Love III 69-73-73-69--284
Soren Kjeldsen 68-76-71-69--284
Mark Calcavecchia 67-69-77-71--284
Nick Watney 71-72-71-70--284
Kenichi Kuboya 65-72-75-72--284
James Kingston 67-71-74-72--284
John Daly 68-72-72-72--284
Richard Sterne 67-73-75-70--285
Martin Kaymer 69-70-74-72--285
Graeme McDowell 68-73-71-73--285
Jim Furyk 67-72-70-76--285
Sergio Garcia 70-69-76-71--286
Thomas Levet 71-73-71-71--286
Nick Dougherty 70-70-73-73--286
Vijay Singh 67-70-75-74--286
Steve Marino 67-68-76-75--286
Anthony Wall 68-72-75-72--287
Branden Grace 67-72-73-75--287
Paul McGinley 71-71-70-75--287
Bryce Molder 70-73-67-77--287
Paul Lawrie 71-73-76-68--288
Zach Johnson 70-71-77-70--288
Paul Casey 68-76-74-70--288
Rory McIlroy 69-74-74-71--288
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 69-72-73-74--288
Darren Clarke 71-71-78-69--289
Kenny Perry 71-72-75-71--289
Graeme Storm 72-72-74-71--289
Robert Allenby 70-74-73-72--289
Johan Edfors 71-73-72-73--289
Billy Mayfair 69-73-73-74--289
David Howell 68-73-72-76--289
Steve Stricker 66-77-70-76--289
David Drysdale 69-73-75-73--290
Tom Lehman 68-74-74-74--290
Paul Broadhurst 70-72-74-74--290
Kevin Sutherland 69-73-73-75--290
Ryuji Imada 74-69-79-69--291
Fredrik Andersson Hed 71-70-78-73--292
Padraig Harrington 69-74-76-73--292
Stuart Appleby 71-72-76-73--292
Sean O'Hair 68-75-75-74--292
J.B. Holmes 68-70-75-80--293
Mark O'Meara 67-77-77-74--295
Fredrik Jacobson 70-72-77-76--295
Paul Goydos 72-72-77-82--303
Daniel Gaunt 76-67-79-82--304

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