Carnoustie Hosts the Women's British Open for the First Time

Despite History with The Open Championship, Carnoustie Hosts the Women’s British Open for the First Time

Carnoustie has hosted The Open Championship on seven occasions, most recently the 2007 Open Championship, where Padraig Harrington defeated Sergio Garia in a playoff. This will be the first time this prestigious venue has hosted the Women's British Open.

Prior to 2007, Carnoustie also hosted The Open Championship in 1999 (Paul Lawrie of Scotland defeated Justin Leonard and Jean Van De Velde of France in a playoff); 1975 (Tom Watson defeated Australian Jack Newton in a playoff); 1968 (Gary Player won while Jack Nicklaus and Bob Charles finished second); 1953 (Ben Hogan); 1937 (Henry Cotton) and 1931 (Tommy Amour).

Golf has been played over the links at Carnoustie since the 1500’s but the present course came into being in 1850 when it was designed by Alan Robertson of St Andrews. Some 20 years later the legendary Old Tom Morris improved and extended the course to 18 holes and in 1926 the famous architect James Braid redesigned the Championship course extensively.

James Braid’s work was universally acclaimed, but it was still felt that Carnoustie Championship course had a weak finish. Prior to the 1937 Open Championship the final 3 holes at Carnoustie were redesigned by James Wright, a local man, and he produced what has come to be regarded as the toughest finishing stretch in golf.

The course as it was in 1937 is much as it is today and the challenge the modern golfer takes on is the one which confronted the player nearly 75 years ago.

Carnoustie is a public links, and the opportunity is there for everyone to play the Championship course. There are many local golf clubs, all of which have playing rights over the course and the clubs themselves have a proud and interesting history.

Carnoustie’s contribution to golf has not just been the Championship course, but also its people. In the early 1900’s many young men from Carnoustie emigrated to the United States of America and took with them not only club making skills but golfing talent in abundance. Many golf clubs in the United States can trace a direct line to Carnoustie through the contribution given by these immigrants from Scotland. The most famous coach was Stewart Maiden from Carnoustie who was the first and only teacher of the incomparable Bobby Jones.

Carnoustie Championship course is now in the finest condition it has ever been. Not only does it offer the ultimate challenge to every golfer but it provides a playing quality second to none. The Barry Burn eases it’s way through the final 3 holes, quietly awaiting the shot that is slightly less than perfect. It was there in 1999 that Frenchman Jean Van de Velde lost the chance of being Open Champion and a place in history.

 

History of the The Open Championship at Carnoustie

2007


pos

Player

ctry

r1

R2

r3

r4

total

1

Padraig HARRINGTON

IRL

69

73

68

67

277

2

Sergio GARCIA

ESP

65

71

68

73

277

1999

pos

Player

ctry

r1

r2

r3

r4

Total

1

Paul LAWRIE

SCO

73

74

76

67

290

2

Justin LEONARD

USA

73

74

71

72

290

2

Jean VAN DE VELDE

FRA

75

68

70

77

290

1975

pos

player

ctry

r1

r2

r3

r4

total

1

Tom WATSON

USA

71

67

69

72

279

2

Jack NEWTON

AUS

69

71

65

74

279

1968

pos

player

ctry

r1

r2

r3

r4

total

1

Gary PLAYER

RSA

74

71

71

73

289

2

Jack NICKLAUS

USA

76

69

73

73

291

2

Bob CHARLES

NZL

72

72

71

76

291

1953

pos

Player

ctry

r1

R2

r3

r4

total

1

Ben HOGAN

USA

73

71

70

68

282

2

Peter THOMSON

AUS

72

72

71

71

286

2

Dai REES

GBR

72

70

73

71

286

2

Frank STRANAHAN (A)

USA

70

74

73

69

286

2

Antonio CERDA

ARG

75

71

69

71

286

1937

pos

Player

ctry

r1

r2

r3

r4

total

1

Henry COTTON

ENG

74

72

73

71

290

2

Reg WHITCOMBE

ENG

72

70

74

76

292

1931

pos

Player

ctry

R1

r2

r3

r4

total

1

Tommy ARMOUR

USA

73

75

77

71

296

2

Jose JURADO

ARG

76

71

73

77

297

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