2015 Open Championship
|Dates||16–20 July 2015|
|Location||St Andrews, Scotland|
|Organized by||The R&A|
|Length||7,297 yd (6,672 m)|
|Field||156 players, 80 after cut|
|273 (−15) PO|
The 2015 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 144th Open Championship, held from 16–20 July at the Old Course at St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. It was the 29th Open Championship played at the course and Zach Johnson won in a four-hole playoff for his second major title.
World number one Rory McIlroy withdrew prior to the tournament due to an off-course ankle injury; he was the first defending champion absent from the Open in over sixty years, since Ben Hogan opted not to participate in 1954. Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth attempted to win a third consecutive major and take over the top ranking. He finished one stroke out of the playoff, in a tie for fourth.
Inclement weather – which included heavy rain and very strong winds – forced play to be suspended twice, on Friday and Saturday, with the latter having play suspended for nearly most of the day. The third round was held on Sunday and the final round (and playoff) on Monday; the Open had last concluded on a Monday in 1988, 27 years earlier.
This was also the last Open Championship played under the then present TV deals with the BBC and ESPN each having their swan song. NBC and Sky Sports would take over coverage the following year at Royal Troon.
The 2015 event is the 29th Open Championship played at the Old Course at St Andrews. The most recent was in 2010 when Louis Oosthuizen won his only major title and became the first South African to win an Open Championship at St Andrews.
|3||Cartgate (Out)||398||4||12||Heathery (In)||348||4|
|4||Ginger Beer||480||4||13||Hole O'Cross (In)||465||4|
|5||Hole O'Cross (Out)||570||5||14||Long||614||5|
|6||Heathery (Out)||414||4||15||Cartgate (In)||455||4|
|7||High (Out)||371||4||16||Corner of the Dyke||418||4|
Previous lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):
- 1. The Open Champions aged 60 or under on 19 July 2015
Mark Calcavecchia (3), Stewart Cink (2,3), Darren Clarke (2,3), Ben Curtis, John Daly, David Duval, Ernie Els (2,3), Nick Faldo, Todd Hamilton, Pádraig Harrington (2), Paul Lawrie, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard (3), Sandy Lyle, Phil Mickelson (2,3,5,15), Mark O'Meara, Louis Oosthuizen (2,3,5,6), Tiger Woods (2,3,12)
- Eligible but did not enter: Ian Baker-Finch, Greg Norman, Nick Price
- Rory McIlroy (2,3,4,5,6,7,9,11,13,15) withdrew with an ankle injury.
- 2. The Open Champions for 2005–2014
- 3. The Open Champions finishing in the first 10 and tying for 10th place in The Open Championship 2009–2014
- The category was extended from 2010 back to 2009 to enable Watson to make a final Open appearance at St Andrews
- 4. First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place in the 2014 Open Championship
Victor Dubuisson (5,6,15), Rickie Fowler (5,12,13,15), Jim Furyk (5,13,15), Sergio García (5,6,13,15), Marc Leishman, Shane Lowry (5,6), Graeme McDowell (5,6,15), Edoardo Molinari, Charl Schwartzel (5,6,10), Adam Scott (5,10,13)
- 5. The first 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for Week 21, 2015
Keegan Bradley (11,15), Paul Casey, Jason Day (13), Jamie Donaldson (6,15), Matt Every, Branden Grace, Bill Haas (13), J. B. Holmes, Billy Horschel (13), Thongchai Jaidee (6), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (6), Dustin Johnson (13), Zach Johnson (13,15), Martin Kaymer (6,9,11,12,13,15), Brooks Koepka (6), Matt Kuchar (13,15), Anirban Lahiri (OQS Thailand), Joost Luiten (6), Hunter Mahan (13,15), Ben Martin, Hideki Matsuyama (13), Ryan Moore, Kevin Na (13), Ryan Palmer (13), Ian Poulter (6,15), Patrick Reed (13,15), Justin Rose (6,9,13,15), Webb Simpson (9,13,15), Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth (9,10,13,15), Henrik Stenson (6,15), Brendon Todd (13), Jimmy Walker (13,15), Bubba Watson (10,13,15), Lee Westwood (6,15), Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Willett (6), Gary Woodland (13)
- 6. First 30 in the Race to Dubai for 2014
- 7. The BMW PGA Championship winners for 2013–2015
- 8. First 5 European Tour members and any European Tour members tying for 5th place, not otherwise exempt, in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai on completion of the 2015 BMW International Open
- 9. The U.S. Open Champions for 2011–2015
- 10. The Masters Tournament Champions for 2011–2015
- 11. The PGA Champions for 2010–2014
- 12. The Players Champions for 2013–2015
- 13. The leading 30 qualifiers for the 2014 Tour Championship
- 14. First 5 PGA Tour members and any PGA Tour members tying for 5th place, not exempt in the top 20 of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup points list for 2015 on completion of the 2015 Travelers Championship
- 15. Playing members of the 2014 Ryder Cup teams
- 16. First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the Asian Tour for 2014
- 17. First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the PGA Tour of Australasia for 2014
Greg Chalmers (OQS Australia)
- 18. First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the Southern Africa PGA Sunshine Tour for 2014
- 19. The Japan Open Champion for 2014
- 20. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, not exempt, on the Official Money List of the Japan Golf Tour for 2014
- 21. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, in a cumulative money list taken from all official 2015 Japan Golf Tour events up to and including the 2015 Japan Golf Tour Championship
- 22. The Senior Open Champion for 2014
- 23. The Amateur Champion for 2015
Romain Langasque (a)
- 24. The U.S. Amateur Champion for 2014
Gunn Yang (a)
- 25. The European Amateur Champion for 2014
Ashley Chesters (a)
- 26. The Mark H. McCormack Medal winner for 2014
- Open Qualifying Series
The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) consisted of 10 events from the six major tours. Places were available to the leading players (not otherwise exempt) who finished in the top n and ties. In the event of ties, positions went to players ranked highest according to that week's OWGR.
|Australia||Emirates Australian Open||30 Nov||3||10||Greg Chalmers (17), Rod Pampling, Brett Rumford|
|Thailand||Thailand Golf Championship||14 Dec||4||12||Marcus Fraser, Scott Hend, Anirban Lahiri (5), Jonathan Moore|
|Africa||Joburg Open||1 Mar||3||10||David Howell, Andy Sullivan, Anthony Wall|
|Japan||Mizuno Open||31 May||4||12||Scott Strange, Tadahiro Takayama, Taichi Teshima, Shinji Tomimura|
|Ireland||The Irish Open||31 May||3||10||Tyrrell Hatton, Søren Kjeldsen, Eddie Pepperell|
|USA||Travelers Championship||28 Jun||4||12||Graham DeLaet, Luke Donald, Brian Harman, Carl Pettersson|
|France||Alstom Open de France||5 Jul||3||10||Rafael Cabrera-Bello, James Morrison, Jaco van Zyl|
|USA||Greenbrier Classic||5 Jul||4||12||James Hahn, David Hearn, Danny Lee, Greg Owen|
|Scotland||Scottish Open||12 Jul||3||10||Daniel Brooks, Raphaël Jacquelin, Rikard Karlberg|
|USA||John Deere Classic||12 Jul||1||5||Tom Gillis|
- Final Qualifying
The Final Qualifying events were played on 30 June at four courses covering Scotland and the North-West, Central and South-coast regions of England. Three qualifying places were available at each location. (RQ) indicates a player who had played in Regional Qualifying on 22 June: players with an Official World Golf Ranking were exempt from Regional Qualifying, as was Paul Dunne because he had played at Royal Liverpool in 2014.
- Gailes Links – Ryan Fox, Paul Kinnear (a, RQ), Mark Young (RQ)
- Hillside – Scott Arnold, Pelle Edberg, Jordan Niebrugge (a)
- Royal Cinque Ports – Alister Balcombe (a, RQ), Gary Boyd, Ben Taylor (a, RQ)
- Woburn – Robert Dinwiddie, Paul Dunne (a), Retief Goosen
To make up the full field of 156, additional places were allocated in ranking order from the Official World Golf Ranking at the time that these places were made available by the Championship Committee. Any places made available after the week 27 rankings issued on 5 July 2015 use these week 27 rankings. Six places were made available on 29 June based on the week 26 rankings.
- Francesco Molinari (ranked 43, week 26)
- Matt Jones (67)
- Tim Clark (71) – withdrew
- David Lingmerth (72)
- Harris English (74)
- Daniel Berger (75)
- Russell Knox (ranked 77, week 27) – replaced Rory McIlroy
- Kevin Streelman (80) – replaced Chris Kirk
- Hiroshi Iwata (81) – replaced Alexander Norén
- Richie Ramsay (82) – replaced Tim Clark
Nationalities in the field
|North America (55)||South America (0)||Europe (62)||Oceania (17)||Asia (14)||Africa (8)|
|Canada (2)||England (24)||Australia (15)||China (1)||South Africa (8)|
|United States (53)||Northern Ireland (2)||New Zealand (2)||India (1)|
|Scotland (6)||Japan (8)|
|Wales (1)||South Korea (2)|
|Ireland (3)||Thailand (2)|
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||2010||67||70||67||69||273||−15||T2|
|Stewart Cink||United States||2009||70||71||68||72||281||−7||T20|
|Pádraig Harrington||Ireland||2007, 2008||72||69||65||75||281||−7||T20|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||2013||70||72||70||69||281||−7||T20|
|David Duval||United States||2001||72||72||67||73||284||−4||T49|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||2002, 2012||71||73||69||73||286||−2||T65|
|Mark O'Meara||United States||1998||72||72||71||74||289||+1||T78|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|John Daly||United States||1995||71||74||145||+1|
|Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||2011||73||73||146||+2|
|Tom Lehman||United States||1996||75||73||148||+4|
|Ben Curtis||United States||2003||74||75||149||+5|
|Justin Leonard||United States||1997||78||72||150||+6|
|Todd Hamilton||United States||2004||74||77||151||+7|
|Tiger Woods||United States||2000, 2005, 2006||76||75||151||+7|
|Nick Faldo||England||1987, 1990, 1992||83||71||154||+10|
|Mark Calcavecchia||United States||1989||80||75||155||+11|
|Tom Watson||United States||1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
Thursday, 16 July 2015
|1||Dustin Johnson||United States||65||−7|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa|
|Zach Johnson||United States|
|Robert Streb||United States|
|T8||Kevin Na||United States||67||−5|
|Jordan Niebrugge (a)||United States|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa|
|Charl Schwartzel||South Africa|
|Jordan Spieth||United States|
Friday and Saturday, 17–18 July 2015
The first group teed-off at 6:32 am BST on Friday, but heavy rain caused localised flooding and play was suspended at 6:46 am. Restarted at 10 am; later tee times were delayed over three hours . The tee time for the 52nd and last group was delayed from the original 4:13 pm to 7:27 pm. The second round was not completed on Friday and 42 players returned early Saturday to finish their rounds.
Play resumed on Saturday at 7 am, with the third round due to start at 11 am. However, play was soon suspended at 7:32 am because a strong wind was moving stationary balls on some of the greens. Because it was a non-dangerous situation, players were allowed to complete the hole they were playing. Dustin Johnson had bogeyed the 14th to move back to 9-under-par, tied for the lead with Willett.
After a delay of several hours, it was decided that only the remainder of the second round would be competed on Saturday, with the third round scheduled for Sunday and the fourth round for Monday. Play finally resumed at 6 pm, a 10½ hour delay, and was completed after 9 pm. The 36-hole cut was at even par 144 and eighty players advanced to the third round.
|1||Dustin Johnson||United States||65-69=134||−10|
|Zach Johnson||United States||66-71=137|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||67-70=137|
|Robert Streb||United States||66-71=137|
|Paul Dunne (a)||Ireland||69-69=138|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||66-72=138|
*The last group completed play Saturday at approximately 9:19 pm.
Sunday, 19 July 2015
|Paul Dunne (a)||Ireland||69-69-66=204|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||67-70-67=204|
|4||Jordan Spieth||United States||67-72-66=205||−11|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||66-72-69=207|
|Zach Johnson||United States||66-71-70=207|
|Jordan Niebrugge (a)||United States||67-73-67=207|
|Robert Streb||United States||66-71-70=207|
*The last group completed play Sunday at approximately 7:04 pm.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Marc Leishman carded a 66 in the final round to have the lead in the clubhouse at −15 while the final pairings were beginning their back nine. Zach Johnson then birdied the 18th to also card a 66 and tie the clubhouse lead with Leishman. The second to last group of the round were Jason Day and Jordan Spieth. Day and Spieth both headed to the par-4 16th at −14, one shot back of Leishman and Johnson. Spieth hit a difficult putt to birdie to get to -15, while Day parred. On the famous par-4 17th "Road Hole," an errant approach shot by Spieth resulted in a bogey and he was back at −14. Day was unable to convert a difficult birdie putt and remained at −14 as well. At the 18th, Spieth's approach shot was short, in the "Valley of Sin" below the green; he almost holed the chip for birdie, but settled for par and 274 (−14). Day was left with a 15-foot (4.5 m) birdie putt to join the playoff, but could not convert and also ended a stroke back at 274.
The final pairing was Louis Oosthuizen and amateur Paul Dunne, who was at even par 36 out, but was four-over on the next four holes, fell out of contention, and tied for thirtieth place. Oosthuizen played a solid round and needed a birdie at 18 to get into the playoff with Leishman and Johnson. His approach shot left him with a 10-foot (3 m) birdie putt, which he sunk. The Open Championship's rules dictated there would be a four-hole aggregate score playoff between Johnson, Leishman, and Oosthuizen. Johnson took the early lead on the first and never looked back, winning by a stroke over Oosthuizen. The win was Johnson's second major championship victory; he won the Masters eight years earlier in 2007.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money (£)|
|T1||Zach Johnson||United States||66-71-70-66=273||−15||Playoff|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||67-70-67-69=273|
|Jordan Spieth||United States||67-72-66-69=274|
|Jordan Niebrugge (a)||United States||67-73-67-70=277||0|
|T10||Brooks Koepka||United States||71-70-69-68=278||−10||125,250|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Johnson and Oosthuizen birdied the first while Leishman bogeyed; Johnson birdied the second and then the routing switched over to the Road Hole (#17), which all three bogeyed. All three made par at 18 and Johnson won the Claret Jug by a stroke.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money (£)|
|1||Zach Johnson||United States||3-3-5-4=15||−1||1,150,000|
|T2||Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||3-4-5-4=16||E||536,500|
- Four-hole aggregate playoff on holes 1, 2, 17, and 18
Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par
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