2003 British Open Winner and Scores

The 2003 British Open was the 132nd edition of the tournament. A little-known golfer playing in his very first major championship was the surprise winner.

Winner: Ben Curtis, 283

Where it was played: Royal St. George's Golf Club, Sandwich, England

Tournament dates: July 17-20, 2003

Leader after first round: Hennie Otto, 68

Leader after second round: Davis Love III, 141

Leader after third round: Thomas Bjorn, 212

What Happened at the 2003 Open Championship

Ben Curtis, ranked No. 396 in the world rankings at the time, won this Open by surviving while big-name challengers failed down the stretch.

Curtis trailed third-round leader Thomas Bjorn by two entering the final round, but shot 69 to post 283. Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Davis Love had opportunities, but couldn't convert down the stretch. Bjorn, after losing the lead earlier in the round, reclaimed it and led by three with four holes to go. But he got stuck in a bunker on the 16th hole and took three swings before he could get out of it, among other late stumbles.

Curtis himself, despite carding the lowest final-round among the leaders, bogeyed the 14th, 15th and 17th holes on the final day. But none of the big names were able to take advantage. Bjorn, however, stepped on the 16th tee leading Curtis by two at that point. Then he put his tee ball into a deep, greenside bunker. But Bjorn needed three tries before he could get his ball stay on the putting surface — twice his ball exited the bunker but didn't make it over a mound on the edge of the green, rolling back into the sand.

Bjorn wound up with a double bogey on that hole, which was bracketed by two other bogeys. Singh finished tied with Bjorn in second, one behind Curtis, with Woods and Love two back of the winner.

Curtis was the first player since Tom Watson in the 1975 British Open to win the Open in his first attempt. And he was just the fifth player in golf history to win a major championship in his very first appearance in a major.

Three-time Open winner and six-time major champion Nick Faldo tied for eighth place, his final Top 10 finish in any of the majors.

2003 British Open Final Scores

Ben Curtis 72-72-70-69—283
Vijay Singh 75-70-69-70—284
Thomas Bjorn 73-70-69-72—284
Tiger Woods 73-72-69-71—285
Davis Love III 69-72-72-72—285
Brian Davis 77-73-68-68—286
Fredrik Jacobson 70-76-70-70—286
Nick Faldo 76-74-67-70—287
Kenny Perry 74-70-70-73—287
Hennie Otto 68-76-75-69—288
Retief Goosen 73-75-71-69—288
Gary Evans 71-75-70-72—288
Phillip Price 74-72-69-73—288
Sergio Garcia 73-71-70-74—288
Chad Campbell 74-71-72-72—289
Stuart Appleby 75-71-71-72—289
Pierre Fulke 77-72-67-73—289
Greg Norman 69-79-74-68—290
Tom Watson 71-77-73-69—290
Mathias Gronberg 71-74-73-72—290
Ernie Els 78-68-72-72—290
Padraig Harrington 75-73-74-69—291
K.J. Choi 77-72-72-70—291
J.L. Lewis 78-70-72-71—291
Peter Fowler 77-73-70-71—291
Thomas Levet 71-73-74-73—291
Angel Cabrera 75-73-70-73—291
Mike Weir 74-76-71-71—292
Andrew Oldcorn 72-74-73-73—292
Paul McGinley 77-73-69-73—292
Nick Price 74-72-72-74—292
Mark Foster 73-73-72-74—292
S.K. Ho 70-73-72-77—292
Stewart Cink 75-75-75-68—293
Bob Estes 77-71-76-69—293
Adam Mednick 76-72-76-69—293
Shingo Katayama 76-73-73-71—293
Gary Murphy 73-74-73-73—293
Duffy Waldorf 76-73-71-73—293
Marco Ruiz 73-71-75-74—293
Jose Coceres 77-70-72-74—293
Scott McCarron 71-74-73-75—293
Rich Beem 76-74-75-69—294
Robert Allenby 73-75-74-72—294
Tom Byrum 77-72-71-74—294
Tom Lehman 77-73-72-73—295
Markus Brier 76-71-74-74—295
Anthony Wall 75-74-71-75—295
Brad Faxon 77-73-70-75—295
Ian Poulter 78-72-70-75—295
Mathew Goggin 76-72-70-77—295
Fred Couples 71-75-71-78—295
Mark McNulty 79-71-77-69—296
Rory Sabbatini 79-71-75-71—296
Michael Campbell 78-72-74-72—296
Trevor Immelman 77-73-72-74—296
Raphael Jacquelin 77-71-72-76—296
David Lynn 73-76-71-76—296
Alastair Forsyth 74-70-78-75—297
Craig Parry 73-73-76-75—297
Skip Kendall 73-76-73-75—297
Darren Clarke 75-75-71-76—297
Phil Mickelson 74-72-73-78—297
Peter Lonard 73-73-70-81—297
Stephen Leaney 74-76-78-70—298
Mark O'Meara 73-77-77-71—298
Charles Howell III 71-76-77-74—298
Len Mattiace 74-75-74-75—298
Katsuyoshi Tomori 72-77-75-76—300
John Rollins 72-76-78-75—301
Chris Smith 74-73-76-79—302
Ian Woosnam 73-75-80-75—303
John Daly 75-74-74-80—303

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