The 147th Open – Carnoustie
As the open championship prepares to return to the mystic Carnoustie – Go Golf Scotland takes a look into the history of the Open championship on this incredible golf course…….
Carnoustie is only a few miles away from the world famous St Andrews Old Course and only 3 miles outside Dundee, however there are a number of phenomenal golf courses in the area that make this part of Scotland an absolute must when visiting to play golf.
Within the area we have
The incredible Panmure golf course famously known as the course that Ben Hogan practiced at before winning the Open at Carnoustie. With his favourite hole ( 6th hole ) aptly named after him. One of the oldest courses in the world and an absolute joy of a golf course.
The Glorious Scotscraig is another wonderful golf course and a course that boasts an impressive list of professionals who have played the course during open preparation. The likes of Justin Rose , Lee Westwood , Ernie Els , Ian baker-finch and the legendary Jack Nicklaus have all graced the greens on this wonderful course
Carnoustie was first placed into the rotation in 1931 where it was played over 4 rounds in 3 days. The open was eventually won by Tommy Armour – an American based Scotsman who eventually overcame Jose Jorado. Jorado came agonisingly close to being the first golfer outside of Europe to win the famous Claret jug.
Since then the Open has featured Carnoustie on six further occasions. Tom Watson recently stated that Carnoustie ‘is by far the toughest course on the open Rotation’
There have been some incredible winners at this famous course but none more so that in 1999 when local boy Paul Lawrie scooped the famous claret jug after an incredible collapse by Jean Van de Velde who was standing on the 72nd Tee with a three shot lead.
A freak bounce of the viewing gallery led to thick rough, a second shot into the famous ‘ Barry Burn’ ultimately resulted in a double bogey.
Images of Carnoustie flashed around the world as Van de Velde- who was standing in the Barry Burn considered an attempt to play from the burn in what was one of the most intense moments in open championship history. Eventually a triple bogey seven resulted in a three way play off with Leonard , van de Velde and Lawrie.
Lawrie – who only appeared at the open through the qualifiers held his nerve and used his experience Around Carnoustie to win and become Only the second Scot in history to win this famous competition.
Padraig Harrington won the last open in 2007 after defeating Sergio Garcia in a play off. Garcia led the tournament from start to finish however a front nine of 38 allowed the others back into the fray. A hapless Garcia then lost the play off to Padraig who without a wonder shot to five feet from the Barry Burn would have replicated Van de velde demise in 99 and as he bogeyed the last – Garcia could not find the birdie he needed and the tournament was won by Harrington.
Carnoustie challenges even the greatest golfers in the world and if the wind blows – Carnoustie bears its teeth and the world will once again see Carnoustie in all its glory.
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