2004 British Open Golf Review
The 2004 British Open golf took place at the Royal Troon golf Course and was on the 15th July - 18th July with the defending Champion Ben Curtis taking part having won at Sandwich a year earlier. It was the first time the tournament had been at Troon since Justin Leonard won in 1997 which was eight years previous to this.
The 1st Round saw joint leaders at the end of the days play with Paul Casey and Thomas Levet both shooting 66's to end the day -5 and two clear of the rest of the field. the group at -3 included KJ Choi, Vijay Singh and Carl Pettersson who were all looking dangerous on Day 1.
Round 2 saw overnight leader Paul Casey shoot a 77 to disappear off the leader board to the disappointment of the British crowd at Troon. It was the unknown American Skip Kendall stormed to the head of the field with a 66 to lead by one shot heading into the weekend. Levet was still there in second place with Todd Hamilton shooting 67 to move into 5th place ahead of Round 3.
Round 3 was an exciting day that saw another unknown American in Todd Hamilton continue his good work from Friday to jump to the head of the field with his second successive 67. He was one clear of Ernie Els who was looking dangerous as was Phil Mickelson who was just a shot further back.
Round 4 saw a titanic battle with Ernie Els and Todd Hamilton slugging it out throughout the afternoon. Hamilton who was going for his first Major played well and shot a 69 under pressure. Els was also excellent and shot a 68 to force a Play-Off between the two. It was a four hole Play-Off that was one by Todd Hamilton by just one shot to win his first ever Major Championship to the surprise of many on lookers.