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1997 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1997 British Open Golf Tournament

Justin Leonard won his first major championship at the 1997 British Open, but in some ways this tournament will always be remembered as the nadir in the collapse of Ian Baker-Finch's golf game.

Baker-Finch was a telegenic, friendly, popular and very good golfer in the late 1980s and early 1990s whose career seemed ready to take off after he won the 1991 Open Championship. But soon thereafter a combination of swing changes and confidence problems knocked his game backwards. He never recovered, spiralling downward.

Until he reached the 1997 Open and carded a first-round 92. Baker-Finch withdrew and, according to some reports, fell to the floor in the clubhouse in tears. He essentially disappeared from PGA Tour golf after that.

That was the bad news in the 1997 British Open. The good news was the stellar player of Leonard, who made up a three-stroke deficit to Jesper Parnevik after three rounds and ended up with a three-stroke margin of victory over Parnevik and Darren Clarke. Leonard did that with clutch putting and a final-round score of 65.

1997 British Open Scores
Results and prize money (USD) from the 1997 British Open played at Royal Troon (par 71) in Troon, Scotland (a-amateur):

Justin Leonard, $418,875 69-66-72-65-272
Darren Clarke, $251,325 67-66-71-71-275
Jesper Parnevik, $251,325 70-66-66-73-275
Jim Furyk, $150,795 67-72-70-70-279
Stephen Ames, $104,719 74-69-66-71-280
Padraig Harrington, $104,719 75-69-69-67-280
Peter O'Malley, $68,137 73-70-70-68-281
Eduardo Romero, $68,137 74-68-67-72-281
Fred Couples, $68,137 69-68-70-74-281
Robert Allenby, $40,715 76-68-66-72-282
Lee Westwood, $40,715 73-70-67-72-282
Retief Goosen, $40,715 75-69-70-68-282
Tom Kite, $40,715 72-67-74-69-282
Frank Nobilo, $40,715 74-72-68-68-282
Mark Calcavecchia, $40,715 74-67-72-69-282
Shigeki Maruyama, $40,715 74-69-70-69-282
Davis Love III, $40,715 70-71-74-67-282
Ernie Els, $40,715 75-69-69-69-282
Tom Watson, $40,715 71-70-70-71-282
Stuart Appleby, $24,295 72-72-68-71-283
Brad Faxon, $24,295 77-67-72-67-283
Mark James, $24,295 76-67-70-70-283
Jose Maria Olazabal, $24,295 75-68-73-67-283
Tom Lehman, $17,362 74-72-72-66-284
Jay Haas, $17,362 71-70-73-70-284
Colin Montgomerie, $17,362 76-69-69-70-284
Phil Mickelson, $17,362 76-68-69-71-284
Ian Woosnam, $17,362 71-73-69-71-284
David A. Russell, $17,362 75-72-68-69-284
Peter Lonard, $17,362 72-70-69-73-284
Tiger Woods, $17,362 72-74/64-74-284
Mark McNulty, $14,661 78-67-72-68-285
Rodger Davis, $13,879 73-73-70-70-286
David Duval, $13,879 73-69-73-71-286
Jonathan Lomas, $13,879 72-71-69-74-286
Andrew Magee, $13,320 70-75-72-70-287
Greg Norman, $13,320 69-73-70-75-287
Raymond Russell, $12,650 72-72-74-70-288
Michael Bradley, $12,650 72-73-73-70-288
Mark O'Meara, $12,650 73-73-74-68-288
John Kernohan, $12,650 76-70-74-68-288
Vijay Singh, $12,650 77-69-70-72-288
Bernhard Langer, $12,650 72-74-69-73-288
Jerry Kelly, $11,812 76-68-72-73-289
David Tapping, $11,812 71-66-78-74-289
Jose Coceres, $11,812 76-70-71-72-289
Curtis Strange, $11,812 71-71-70-77-289
Jim Payne, $11,226 74-71-74-71-290
Steve Jones, $11,226 76-71-68-75-290
Richard Boxall, $11,226 75-71-72-72-290
Jeff Maggert, $10,315 76-69-71-75-291
Nick Faldo, $10,315 71-73-75-72-291
Peter Senior, $10,315 76-70-73-72-291
Greg Turner, $10,315 76-71-72-72-291
Angel Cabrera, $10,315 70-70-76-75-291
Corey Pavin, $10,315 78-69-76-68-291
Peter Mitchell, $10,315 75-69-76-71-291
Wayne Riley, $10,315 74-71-75-71-291
Payne Stewart, $9,718 73-74-71-74-292
Jack Nicklaus, $9,634 73-74-71-75-293
a-D. Barclay Howard 70-74-76-73-293
Tom Purtzer, $9,425 72-71-73-78-294
Steve Stricker, $9,425 72-73-74-75-294
Peter Teravainen, $9,425 74-72-73-75-294
Jamie Spence, $9,425 78-69-72-75-294
Gary Clark, $9,131 74-72-72-77-295
Paul McGinley, $9,131 76-71-77-71-295
Per-Ulrik Johansson, $9,131 72-75-73-75-295
Tommy Tolles, $8,964 77-68-75-76-296
Billy Andrade, $8,880 72-72-78-76-298

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