1998 British Open Tournament Winner and Scores

The 1998 British Open was the 127th time the tournament was played. For the winner, it was his second major championship victory of the year.

Winner: Mark O'Meara, 280

Where it was played: Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England

Tournament dates: July 16-19, 1998

Leader after first round: Tiger Woods and John Huston, 65

Leader after second round: Brian Watts, 137

Leader after third round: Brian Watts, 210

What Happened at the 1998 Open Championship

Several months after winning his first major championship title at the 1998 Masters, Mark O'Meara won his second (and last) one here, at the 1998 Open. But he needed a playoff to do it.

Journeyman Brian Watts was the 36-hole leader, one stroke in front of Tiger Woods, Nick Price and 17-year-old amateur Justin Rose. O'Meara was three off the lead.

Following the third round, Watts still had a two-stroke lead, and O'Meara had moved up into a tie for second place. Woods carded a 77 that dropped him off the pace, but not too far — the final two rounds were played in poor weather.

In the final round, Woods shot 66 but he missed the playoff by one stroke. O'Meara had a 68 and Watts a 70, giving them the 72-hole lead at 280.

The playoff was four holes, aggregate score. O'Meara opened with a birdie to Watts' par. They matched scores on the next two holes, then Watts bogeyed the final hole, giving O'Meara the two-stroke playoff win. These were the playoff scores:

Mark O'Meara, 4-4-5-4—17
Brian Watts, 5-4-5-5—19

This turned out to be Watts' only Top 20 finish in a major. He never won on the PGA Tour, but did have 13 wins in Japan (12 of them prior to the 1998 Open). It also turned out to be the last of O'Meara's 16 career wins on the PGA Tour. At age 41, he became the oldest golfer to this point to win two majors in the same year.

And what happened to Rose? The 17-year-old shot 69 in the final round and tied for fourth place, low amateur. He turned pro soon after, but missed the cut in the first 21 tournaments he played as a pro. But Rose eventually scored double-digit wins on both the European Tour and U.S. PGA Tour, and won the 2013 U.S. Open.

1998 British Open Final Scores

Mark O'Meara 72-68-72-68-280
Brian Watts 68-69-73-70-280
Tiger Woods 65-73-77-66-281
Jesper Parnevik 68-72-72-70-282
Jim Furyk 70-70-72-70-282
a-Justin Rose 72-66-75-69-282
Raymond Russell 68-73-75-66-282
Davis Love III 67-73-77-68-285
Costantino Rocca 72-74-70-70-286
Thomas Bjorn 68-71-76-71-286
Brad Faxon 67-74-74-72-287
David Duval 70-71-75-71-287
John Huston 65-77-73-72-287
Gordon Brand 71-70-76-71-288
Greg Turner 68-75-75-71-289
Des Smyth 74-69-75-71-289
Jose Maria Olazabal 73-72-75-69-289
Peter Baker 69-72-77-71-289
Mark James 71-74-74-71-290
Sandy Lyle 71-72-75-72-290
Curtis Strange 73-73-74-70-290
Vijay Singh 67-74-78-71-290
Robert Allenby 67-76-78-69-290
Peter O'Malley 71-71-78-71-291
Lee Janzen 72-69-80-70-291
Sam Torrance 69-77-75-70-291
Stephen Ames 68-72-79-72-291
Bob Estes 72-70-76-73-291
Loren Roberts 66-76-76-74-292
Shigeki Maruyama 70-73-75-74-292
Ernie Els 72-74-74-72-292
a-Sergio Garcia 69-75-76-72-292
Scott Dunlap 72-69-80-71-292
Nick Price 66-72-82-72-292
Sven Struver 75-70-80-68-293
Santiago Luna 70-72-80-71-293
Mark Calcavecchia 69-77-73-74-293
Philip Walton 68-76-74-76-294
Joakim Haeggman 71-74-78-71-294
Steen Tinning 69-76-77-72-294
Tom Kite 72-69-79-74-294
Patrik Sjoland 72-72-77-73-294
Naomichi Ozaki 72-73-76-73-294
David Carter 71-75-76-73-295
Payne Stewart 71-71-78-75-295
David Howell 68-77-79-71-295
Rodger Davis 76-70-78-71-295
David Frost 72-73-78-72-295
Nick Faldo 72-73-75-75-295
Andrew Coltart 68-77-75-75-295
Katsuyoshi Tomori 75-71-70-79-295
Frankie Minoza 69-75-76-76-296
Steve Stricker 70-72-80-74-296
Larry Mize 70-75-79-72-296
Brandt Jobe 70-73-82-71-296
Billy Mayfair 72-73-77-74-296
Ian Woosnam 72-74-76-75-297
Steve Jones 73-72-79-73-297
Trevor Dodds 73-71-81-72-297
Ignacio Garrido 71-74-80-72-297
Justin Leonard 73-73-82-69-297
Greg Chalmers 71-75-77-74-297
Eduardo Romero 71-70-79-77-297
Lee Westwood 71-71-78-78-298
Carlos Franco 71-73-76-78-298
Michael Long 70-74-78-77-299
Stewart Cink 71-73-83-72-299
Michael Campbell 73-73-80-73-299
a-Didier de Vooght 70-76-80-73-299
Mark Brooks 71-73-75-80-299
Fred Couples 66-74-78-81-299
Andrew Clapp 72-74-81-73-300
Gary Evans 69-74-84-74-301
Bob May 70-73-85-75-303
Andrew McLardy 72-74-80-78-304
Fredrik Jacobson 67-78-81-79-305
Kazuhiko Hosokawa 72-73-81-80-306
Robert Giles 72-74-83-78-307
Phil Mickelson 71-74-85-78-308
Andrew Oldcorn 75-71-84-79-309
Dudley Hart 73-72-85-80-310

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