2017 Open Championship
|Dates||20–23 July 2017|
|Course(s)||Royal Birkdale Golf Club|
|Organized by||The R&A|
|Length||7,156 yards (6,543 m)|
|Field||156 players, 77 after cut|
The 2017 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 146th Open Championship, held from 20–23 July at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. It was the tenth Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, which held its first in 1954.
Jordan Spieth shot four rounds under 70 for a score of 268, three strokes ahead of runner-up Matt Kuchar. It was Spieth's second wire-to-wire win at a major, following his 2015 Masters win. In the third round, Branden Grace scored 62, which set a new major championship record.
The 2017 event was the tenth Open Championship played at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Before 2017 the most recent was in 2008, where Pádraig Harrington successfully defended his 2007 title from Carnoustie.
Lengths of the course for previous Opens:
Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.
- 1. The Open Champions aged 60 or under on 23 July 2017
Stewart Cink (2), Darren Clarke (2), John Daly, David Duval, Ernie Els (2), Todd Hamilton, Pádraig Harrington (2), Zach Johnson (2,17), Paul Lawrie, Tom Lehman, Sandy Lyle, Rory McIlroy (2,3,4,5,10,12,17), Phil Mickelson (2,3,4,12,17), Mark O'Meara, Louis Oosthuizen (2,4,5), Henrik Stenson (2,3,4,5,17)
- Eligible but did not enter: Ian Baker-Finch, Mark Calcavecchia, Nick Faldo, Justin Leonard, Nick Price, Tiger Woods: Faldo and Price were in their final year of eligibility.
- Ben Curtis withdrew before the tournament.
- 2. The Open Champions for 2007–2016
- 3. Top 10 finishers and ties in the 2016 Open Championship
- 4. Top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for Week 21, 2017
Daniel Berger (12), Wesley Bryan, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (5,17), Paul Casey (12), Kevin Chappell (12), Jason Day (10,11,12), Ross Fisher (5), Matthew Fitzpatrick (5,17), Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler (11,17), Branden Grace (5), Emiliano Grillo (12), Adam Hadwin, Billy Horschel, Kim Si-woo (11,12), Kevin Kisner (12), Russell Knox (12), Brooks Koepka (8,17), Matt Kuchar (12,17), Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama (12,21), William McGirt (12), Francesco Molinari (5), Ryan Moore (12,17), Alex Norén (5,6), Pat Perez, Thomas Pieters (5,17), Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed (12,17), Justin Rose (8,14,17), Charl Schwartzel (5,12), Adam Scott (9,12), Jordan Spieth (8,9,12,17), Hideto Tanihara (22), Justin Thomas (12), Jimmy Walker (10,12,17), Bubba Watson (9,12), Bernd Wiesberger (5), Danny Willett (5,9,17), Gary Woodland (12)
Richard Bland, Scott Hend (18), David Horsey, Thongchai Jaidee, Martin Kaymer (8,17), Li Haotong, Shane Lowry, Joost Luiten, Thorbjørn Olesen, Andy Sullivan (17), Wang Jeung-hun, Lee Westwood (17), Chris Wood (6,17)
- 6. Last three BMW PGA Championship winners
- 7. Top 5 players, not already exempt, within the top 20 of the 2017 Race to Dubai through the BMW International Open
- 8. Last five U.S. Open winners
- 9. Last five Masters Tournament winners
- 10. Last five PGA Championship winners
Jason Dufner (12)
- 11. Last three Players Championship winners
- 13. Top 5 players, not already exempt, within the top 20 of the 2017 FedEx Cup points list through the Travelers Championship
- 14. Winner of the 2016 Olympic Golf Tournament
- 15. Winner of the 2016 Open de Argentina
- 16. Winner and runner-up from the 2017 Korea Open
- 21. Winner of the 2016 Japan Open
- 23. Top 2, not already exempt, on the 2017 Japan Golf Tour Official Money List through the Japan Golf Tour Championship
- 24. Winner of the 2016 Senior Open Championship
- 25. Winner of the 2017 Amateur Championship
Harry Ellis (a)
- 26. Winner of the 2016 U.S. Amateur
Curtis Luck forfeited his exemption after turning professional in April 2017.
- 27. Winners of the 2016 and 2017 editions of the European Amateur
- 28. Recipient of the 2016 Mark H. McCormack Medal
Maverick McNealy (a)
- Open Qualifying Series
The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) consists of 10 events from the six major tours. Places are available to the leading players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top n and ties. In the event of ties, positions go to players ranked highest according to that week's OWGR.
|Australia||Emirates Australian Open||20 Nov||3||10||Aaron Baddeley, Ashley Hall, Cameron Smith|
|Singapore||SMBC Singapore Open||22 Jan||4||12||Phachara Khongwatmai, Jbe' Kruger, Prayad Marksaeng, Song Young-han|
|South Africa||Joburg Open||26 Feb||3||10||Darren Fichardt, Stuart Manley, Paul Waring|
|Japan||Mizuno Open||28 May||4||12||Adam Bland, Michael Hendry, Chan Kim, Kim Kyung-tae|
|France||HNA Open de France||2 Jul||3||10||Alexander Björk, Michael Lorenzo-Vera, Peter Uihlein|
|United States||Quicken Loans National||2 Jul||4||12||Charles Howell III, Kang Sung-hoon, Martin Laird, Kyle Stanley|
|Ireland||Dubai Duty Free Irish Open||9 Jul||3||10||David Drysdale, Ryan Fox, Richie Ramsay|
|United States||Greenbrier Classic||9 Jul||4||12||Jamie Lovemark, Sebastián Muñoz, Xander Schauffele, Robert Streb|
|Scotland||Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open||16 Jul||3||10||Andrew Dodt, Matthieu Pavon, Callum Shinkwin|
|United States||John Deere Classic||16 Jul||1||5||Bryson DeChambeau|
- Final Qualifying
The Final Qualifying events were played on 4 July at five courses covering Scotland and the North-West, Central and South-coast regions of England. Three qualifying places were available at each location.
- Gailes Links – Ryan McCarthy, Julian Suri, Connor Syme (a)
- Hillside – Adam Hodkinson, Nick McCarthy, Haydn McCullen
- Notts (Hollinwell) – Laurie Canter, Joe Dean, Mark Foster
- Royal Cinque Ports – Austin Connelly, Robert Dinwiddie, Matthew Southgate
- Woburn – Shiv Kapur, Ian Poulter, Toby Tree
To make up the full field of 156, additional places are allocated in ranking order from the Official World Golf Ranking at the time that these places are made available by the Championship Committee.
- Webb Simpson (ranked 61, week 26)
Scott Piercy(65; declined spot)
- Anirban Lahiri (66; replaced Piercy)
- Tony Finau (ranked 64, week 27; replaced Ben Curtis)
- James Hahn (66; replaced Brandt Snedeker)
Nationalities in the field
|North America (54)||South America (4)||Europe (58)||Oceania (13)||Asia (18)||Africa (9)|
|Canada (2)||Argentina (1)||England (28)||Australia (11)||China (1)||South Africa (9)|
|United States (52)||Colombia (1)||Northern Ireland (2)||New Zealand (2)||India (2)|
|Paraguay (1)||Scotland (7)||Japan (4)|
|Venezuela (1)||Wales (1)||South Korea (8)|
|Ireland (2)||Thailand (3)|
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||2014||71||68||69||67||275||−5||T4|
|Zach Johnson||United States||2015||75||66||71||66||278||−2||T14|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||2002, 2012||68||73||70||74||285||+5||61|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Pádraig Harrington||Ireland||2007, 2008||73||73||146||+6|
|Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland||2011||75||73||148||+8|
|Tom Lehman||United States||1996||72||76||148||+8|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||2013||73||77||150||+10|
|Stewart Cink||United States||2009||77||73||150||+10|
|David Duval||United States||2001||79||72||151||+11|
|Mark O'Meara||United States||1998||81||70||151||+11|
|Louis Oosthuizen||South Africa||2010||78||74||152||+12|
|John Daly||United States||1995||74||78||152||+12|
|Todd Hamilton||United States||2004||79||79||158||+18|
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Three Americans – Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, and Jordan Spieth – shared the lead after the first round on five under par, a shot clear of England's Paul Casey and Charl Schwartzel, with Ian Poulter a further shot back. Reigning champion Henrik Stenson was one under after a 69. Rory McIlroy was five over par after six holes but recovered to finish with a one-over-par 71.
|T1||Brooks Koepka||United States||65||−5|
|Matt Kuchar||United States|
|Jordan Spieth||United States|
|Charl Schwartzel||South Africa|
|Charley Hoffman||United States|
|Justin Thomas||United States|
Friday, 21 July 2017
In difficult conditions, Jordan Spieth followed his first round 65 with a 69 to lead by two strokes from Matt Kuchar. Only eight players scored under par for their second rounds, Zach Johnson's 66 being the best round of the day. Alfie Plant was the only amateur to make the cut. He eagled the par-five 15th on his way to a 73 and a 36-hole total of 144.
|1||Jordan Spieth||United States||65-69=134||−6|
|2||Matt Kuchar||United States||65-71=136||−4|
|T3||Brooks Koepka||United States||65-72=137||−3|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||71-68=139|
|Gary Woodland||United States||70-69=139|
|T10||Kent Bulle||United States||68-72=140||E|
|Charley Hoffman||United States||67-73=140|
|Russell Henley||United States||70-70=140|
|Chan Kim||United States||72-68=140|
|Jamie Lovemark||United States||71-69=140|
|Bubba Watson||United States||68-72=140|
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Jordan Spieth shot a 65 to take a three-stroke lead over Matt Kuchar, who shot a 66. On an easier day of scoring, Branden Grace scored 62, breaking the long-standing men's major championship record of 63. There were also low rounds from Dustin Johnson, with a 64, and Henrik Stenson, with a 65, both getting into a tie for 7th place.
|1||Jordan Spieth||United States||65-69-65=199||−11|
|2||Matt Kuchar||United States||65-71-66=202||−8|
|Brooks Koepka||United States||65-72-68=205|
|T5||Branden Grace||South Africa||70-74-62=206||−4|
|Dustin Johnson||United States||71-72-64=207|
|Chan Kim||United States||72-68-67=207|
Branden Grace scorecard
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Beginning the round with a three-shot lead, Jordan Spieth bogeyed three of his first four holes to fall into a tie with Matt Kuchar. A birdie at the 5th combined with a bogey by Kuchar at the 6th allowed Spieth to re-open a two-stroke advantage, but a bogey-birdie swing at the 9th evened the score heading to the back-nine. The score remained level until the 13th, when Spieth hit his tee shot well to the right of the fairway. Forced to take an unplayable lie and drop from the practice area, he managed to get up-and-down to save bogey while Kuchar parred the hole to take the lead. At the par-3 14th, however, Spieth nearly holed his tee shot and converted the birdie attempt to tie Kuchar. Then at the par-5 15th, Spieth made a 48-foot (15 m) eagle putt to take the lead once again. With birdies on the next two holes Spieth played 14–17 in five-under to take a two-stroke lead heading to the last. When Kuchar found a greenside bunker and made bogey, Spieth was able to tap in for par and win the championship by three strokes. Li Haotong birdied his last four holes for 63 (−7) and jump into third place at 274 (−6), the best finish for an Asian player at the Open Championship since Lu Liang-Huan in 1971, also at Royal Birkdale. With the victory, Spieth joined Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers to win three legs of the career Grand Slam before the age of 24.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Jordan Spieth||United States||65-69-65-69=268||−12||1,845,000|
|2||Matt Kuchar||United States||65-71-66-69=271||−9||1,067,000|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||71-68-69-67=275|
|T6||Branden Grace||South Africa||70-74-62-70=276||−4||281,000|
|Brooks Koepka||United States||65-72-68-71=276|
Amateurs: Plant (+6)
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
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2017 U.S. Open
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
2017 PGA Championship