2003 British Open Golf Review
The 2003 Open Championship was played at the Royal St George's Golf Club at Sandwich in Kent between the 17th - 20th July with the South African Ernie Els the defending Champion having won at Muirfield in 2002. this was the first time the British Open had been at Sandwich since 1993 when the Shark Greg Norman triumphed around the Southerly most course on The Open rota.
The 1st Round in 2003 saw South African Hennie Otto start well with a 68 and he was closely followed by Davis Love III who carded a 69 on Thursday. It was clear that it was going to be a tough week with tournament favorite Tiger Woods shooting a seven on the first hole on his way to a 73 to leave him off the pace.
The weekend saw some average looking scores with few players carding rounds in the 60's with the winds gusting. Vijay Singh and Thomas Bjorn both hit 69's in Round three to put themselves in the hunt along with Ben Curtis who was putting together a solid week with scores of 72, 70 and another 70 to give him a great chance. British legend Nick Faldo pleased the home support by carding a 67 on Saturday which would equal the best round of the week.
It was anyone's tournament on Sunday with several players in the mix up heading down the back nine. Tiger Woods shot 71 to finish in a tie for 4th place after a solid week but it was the unknown Ben Curtis who held his nerve to take the victory. Curtis held off his more experienced challengers with a 69 to claim his maiden Major by just one stroke ahead of Vijay Singh and Thomas Bjorn who both had good weeks.