2002 British Open Golf

2002 British Open Golf Review

The 2002 British Open Golf was played at Muirfield between July 18th - 21st with the defending Champion heading into the tournament being David Duval who won the Open at Royal Lytham 12 months previous. It was the first Open at Muirfield since 1992 when Nick Faldo won the tournament in fine fashion.

It was to be an exciting tournament that started off with some great scores of 67 from David Toms, Duffy Waldorf and Carl Pettersson to take the lead at the end of the day. Among those one stroke behind were Sandy Lyle and Justin Rose to the delight of the home galleries.

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Round Two saw a brilliant 64 from Scottish favourite Colin Montgomorie to move into contention with the South African Ernie Els shooting a 66 to give himself a chance of his first Open Championship. Els continued to be solid on Saturday by shooting a 72 to leave himself in charge of the tournament but there were plenty of contenders queueing up behind him.

Round 4 would be full of incidents as both Thomas Levet and Steve Elkington shot 66 to leave themselves with a great chance of winning the Claret Jug. Stuart Appleby of Australia went one better and shot 65 and with Els only managing a 70 on Sunday it meant there would be a four way Play-Off over four holes to decide the title.

After four play-off holes Thomas Levet and Ernie Els were still level which meant they had to play further holes in a sudden death format. It was Els who held his nerve to win at the first Sudden Death hole to claim his third Major championship after an epic battle in tough conditions.

2002 British Open Golf Champion - Ernie Els