Justin Leonard

1997 / Royal Troon

Only two players previously had rallied from five strokes behind with a round to play to win The Open before Justin Leonard completed the feat at Royal Troon in 1997.

Jim Barnes at Prestwick in 1925 and Tommy Armour at Carnoustie in 1931 managed the achievement to win by a stroke.

But while Leonard also came back from a deficit of five, such was his devastating finish, and the quality of his putting, that the 25-year-old from Dallas, playing in his fourth Open, won by three strokes from Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik.

Clarke went out of bounds onto the beach at the second hole and the double bogey put him out of contention. Parnevik led the way but came under increasing pressure from Leonard’s charge.

There were six birdies and a bogey going out, another dropped shot at the 10th but he holed from ten feet for a par at the 11th and from 15 feet for another par at the 15th. The American again holed from 15 feet for a birdie at the 16th and then sank a 30-footer for a 2 at the 17th to get to 12 under par.

His closing 65 was only one higher than Greg Norman’s record final round by a Champion Golfer from 1993. No one else on the leaderboard at the start of the day scored under 70. Parnevik, two ahead with seven to play, bogeyed the 13th, missed a short birdie-putt at the 16th and then bogeyed the last two.

This defeat, the Swede felt, hurt even more than the one to Nick Price down the Ayrshire coast at Turnberry three years earlier. Tiger Woods, the 21-year-old Masters champion in his first Open as a professional, equalled the course record with a 64 in the third round but that was ten strokes better than his efforts the day before or after.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Justin LEONARD
1
69
66
72
65
272
-
2
67
66
71
71
275
-
Jesper PARNEVIK
2
70
66
66
73
275
-
4
67
72
70
70
279
-
5
75
69
69
67
280
-
Stephen AMES
5
74
69
66
71
280
-
Eduardo ROMERO
7
74
68
67
72
281
-
Peter O'MALLEY
7
73
70
70
68
281
-
Fred COUPLES
7
69
68
70
74
281
-
10
74
67
72
69
282
-
10
75
69
69
69
282
-
Robert ALLENBY
10
76
68
66
72
282
-
10
71
70
70
71
282
-
10
73
70
67
72
282
-
Frank NOBILO
10
74
72
68
68
282
-
Retief GOOSEN
10
75
69
70
68
282
-
Davis LOVE III
10
70
71
74
67
282
-
Shigeki MARUYAMA
10
74
69
70
69
282
-
Tom KITE
10
72
67
74
69
282
-
Mark JAMES
20
76
67
70
70
283
-
Jose Maria OLAZABAL
20
75
68
73
67
283
-
Brad FAXON
20
77
67
72
67
283
-
Stuart APPLEBY
20
72
72
68
71
283
-
Colin MONTGOMERIE
24
76
69
69
70
284
-
24
74
72
72
66
284
-
Peter LONARD
24
72
70
69
73
284
-
24
76
68
69
71
284
-
24
72
74
64
74
284
-
David A RUSSELL
24
75
72
68
69
284
-
Jay HAAS
24
71
70
73
70
284
-
Ian WOOSNAM
24
71
73
69
71
284
-
Andrew MAGEE
32
70
75
72
69
286
-
Jonathan LOMAS
32
72
71
69
74
286
-
Mark MCNULTY
32
78
67
72
69
286
-
32
73
69
73
71
286
-
Rodger DAVIS
32
73
73
70
70
286
-
37
69
73
70
75
287
-
Michael BRADLEY
38
72
73
73
70
288
-
John KERNOHAN
38
76
70
74
68
288
-
Bernhard LANGER
38
72
74
69
73
288
-
Vijay SINGH
38
77
69
70
72
288
-
38
73
73
74
68
288
-
Raymond RUSSELL
38
72
72
74
70
288
-
David TAPPING
44
71
66
78
74
289
-
Jerry KELLY
44
76
68
72
73
289
-
Jose COCERES
44
76
70
71
72
289
-
Curtis STRANGE
44
71
71
70
77
289
-
Steve JONES
48
76
71
68
75
290
-
Jim PAYNE
48
74
71
74
71
290
-
Wayne RILEY
50
74
71
75
71
291
-
Jeff MAGGERT
50
76
69
71
75
291
-
Corey PAVIN
50
78
69
76
68
291
-
Greg TURNER
50
76
71
72
72
291
-
Richard BOXALL
50
75
71
72
73
291
-
Angel CABRERA
50
70
70
76
75
291
-
50
71
73
75
72
291
-
Peter SENIOR
50
76
70
73
72
291
-
Peter MITCHELL
50
75
69
76
71
291
-
Payne STEWART
59
73
74
71
74
292
-
60
73
74
71
75
293
-
Barclay HOWARD
60
70
74
76
73
293
-
Tom PURTZER
62
72
71
73
78
294
-
Jamie SPENCE
62
78
69
72
75
294
-
Peter TERAVAINEN
62
74
72
73
75
294
-
Steve STRICKER
62
72
73
74
75
294
-
Per-Ulrik JOHANSSON
66
72
75
73
75
295
-
Paul McGINLEY
66
76
71
77
71
295
-
Gary CLARK
66
74
72
72
77
295
-
Tommy TOLLES
69
77
68
75
76
296
-
Billy ANDRADE
70
72
72
78
76
298
-
M/C
77
71
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew COLTART
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
Paul CURRY
M/C
79
69
-
-
-
M/C
Steve ELKINGTON
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
Peter HEDBLOM
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
Michael LONG
M/C
78
70
-
-
-
M/C
Robert KARLSSON
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
Pierre FULKE
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
Mark WIEBE
M/C
73
75
-
-
-
M/C
Gary ORR
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
Dean ROBERTSON
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
David HOWELL
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
Gordon BRAND JR
M/C
76
72
-
-
-
M/C
Wayne WESTNER
M/C
75
73
-
-
-
M/C
Carl MASON
M/C
78
70
-
-
-
M/C
Craig STADLER
M/C
78
71
-
-
-
M/C
Peter BAKER
M/C
79
70
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas BJORN
M/C
76
73
-
-
-
M/C
Lee JANZEN
M/C
78
71
-
-
-
M/C
Loren ROBERTS
M/C
76
73
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
78
71
-
-
-
M/C
Craig PARRY
M/C
79
70
-
-
-
M/C
Brian WATTS
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Craig WATSON
M/C
73
76
-
-
-
M/C
Paul BROADHURST
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Robert DAMRON
M/C
76
73
-
-
-
M/C
Glen DAY
M/C
78
72
-
-
-
M/C
Scott DUNLAP
M/C
77
73
-
-
-
M/C
Costantino ROCCA
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Mark BROOKS
M/C
80
70
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
78
72
-
-
-
M/C
Scott McCARRON
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
Vanslow PHILLIPS
M/C
80
71
-
-
-
M/C
Bob TWAY
M/C
78
73
-
-
-
M/C
Joost STEENKAMER
M/C
78
73
-
-
-
M/C
John COOK
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Philip BLACKMAR
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Ignacio GARRIDO
M/C
79
72
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas GOGELE
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Miguel MARTIN
M/C
79
72
-
-
-
M/C
Warren BLADON
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Larry BATCHELOR
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
Cameron CLARK
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
82
70
-
-
-
M/C
Jong-Duck KIM
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
Russell CLAYDON
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
Sam TORRANCE
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Mike BRADLEY
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Shaun WEBSTER
M/C
75
78
-
-
-
M/C
Jean VAN DE VELDE
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew CRERAR
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Grant DODD
M/C
78
75
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
78
75
-
-
-
M/C
Daniel OLSSON
M/C
80
73
-
-
-
M/C
Hirofumi MIYASE
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
Per HAUGSRUD
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
Mike MILLER
M/C
82
72
-
-
-
M/C
Ross MCFARLANE
M/C
80
74
-
-
-
M/C
Jeff REMESY
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
Mark ROE
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew SANDYWELL
M/C
80
75
-
-
-
M/C
Phil HINTON
M/C
78
77
-
-
-
M/C
Richard GREEN
M/C
80
75
-
-
-
M/C
Dudley HART
M/C
78
77
-
-
-
M/C
Klas ERIKSSON
M/C
85
70
-
-
-
M/C
Ken DUKE
M/C
80
76
-
-
-
M/C
Shigenori MORI
M/C
80
76
-
-
-
M/C
Gary MURPHY
M/C
84
72
-
-
-
M/C
Paul STANKOWSKI
M/C
80
76
-
-
-
M/C
Yetsyn TAYLOR
M/C
81
76
-
-
-
M/C
Paul AZINGER
M/C
79
78
-
-
-
M/C
David FROST
M/C
81
77
-
-
-
M/C
Brendan MCGOVERN
M/C
84
74
-
-
-
M/C
Mardan MAMAT
M/C
83
75
-
-
-
M/C
Steven YOUNG
M/C
79
80
-
-
-
M/C
Raphael JACQUELIN
M/C
81
78
-
-
-
M/C
Steven BOTTOMLEY
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Alex CEJKA
M/C
81
80
-
-
-
M/C
Gaurav GHEI
M/C
81
81
-
-
-
M/C
Nobuhito SATO
M/C
85
78
-
-
-
M/C
James MILLER
M/C
80
84
-
-
-
M/C
Dennis EDLUND
M/C
87
77
-
-
-
M/C
WD
92
-
-
-
-
M/C
Yoshinori KANEKO
Wd
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
Chris PERRY
Wd
80
-
-
-
-
M/C
Naomichi OZAKI
Wd
76
-
-
-
-
M/C

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