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1999 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1999 British Open Golf Tournament

Unheralded Scotsman Paul Lawrie, a local lad, claimed the Claret Jug at Carnoustie. Lawrie did it by winning a four-hole playoff over Justin Leonard, the 1997 Open Champion, and Jean Van de Velde.

Ah, Van de Velde. It's not the playoff or the champion who is best remembered from the 1999 British Open, but Van de Velde and the calamity that befell him - or rather, that he created - on the 72nd hole.

Van de Velde took a 3-stroke lead to the 72nd tee. The final hole at Carnoustie is a devilish one, and Van de Velde should have played the hole as safely as possible. But he didn't. Needing only double-bogey to win, Van de Velde still took driver off the tee, and lost the drive to the right. Playing from the hay with a 2-iron, he attempted to go for the green rather than play a much safer layup short of the burn crossing in front of the green.

The 2-iron flew right of the green, hit the grandstands and bounded backwards, back across the burn. Now in the really deep heather, Van de Velde's pitch fell into the burn. For a moment Van de Velde contemplated trying to play out of the burn, then decided to drop behind the burn again. This time his pitch cleared the burn but found a bunker. He blasted out to seven feet and made the putt for a triple-bogey.

It was quite the spectacle, and one of the most infamous final-hole meltdowns in golf history.

And it overshadowed Lawrie's own exploits. Lawrie - who clinched the victory with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole (he led both Leonard and Van de Velde by one going into the final playoff hole) - started the final round 10 strokes off the lead. Which made his victory here the largest final-round comeback win not only in British Open history, but in PGA Tour history.

1999 British Open Scores
Results and prize money from the 1999 British Open played on the Championship Course at Carnoustie Golf Links (par 72) in Carnoustie, Scotland (x-won four hole playoff; a-amateur):

x-Paul Lawrie, $577,500 73-74-76-67-290
Justin Leonard, $305,250 73-74-71-72-290
Jean Van de Velde, $305,250 75-68-70-77-290
Angel Cabrera, $165,000 75-69-77-70-291
Craig Parry, $165,000 76-75-67-73-291
Greg Norman, $115,500 76-70-75-72-293
Tiger Woods, $82,500 74-72-74-74-294
Davis Love, $82,500 74-74-77-69-294
David Frost, $82,500 80-69-71-74-294
Scott Dunlap, $57,420 72-77-76-70-295
Jim Furyk, $57,420 78-71-76-70-295
Retief Goosen, $57,420 76-75-73-71-295
Jesper Parnevik, $57,420 74-71-78-72-295
Hal Sutton, $57,420 73-78-72-72-295
Colin Montgomerie, $42,900 74-76-72-74-296
Tsuyoshi Yoneyama, $42,900 77-74-73-72-296
Scott Verplank, $42,900 80-74-73-69-296
Lee Westwood, $33,825 76-75-74-72-297
Costantino Rocca, $33,825 81-69-74-73-297
Patrik Sjoland, $33,825 74-72-77-74-297
Andrew Coltart, $33,825 74-74-72-77-297
Bernhard Langer, $33,825 72-77-73-75-297
Frank Nobilo, $33,825 76-76-70-75-297
Miguel Angel Martin, $25,425 74-76-72-76-298
Peter O'Malley, $25,425 76-75-74-73-298
Brian Watts, $25,425 74-73-77-74-298
Ian Woosnam, $25,425 76-74-74-74-298
Ernie Els, $25,425 74-76-76-72-298
Padraig Harrington, $22,275 77-74-74-74-299
Payne Stewart, $19,069 79-73-74-74-300
Pierre Fulke, $19,069 75-75-77-73-300
Darren Clarke, $19,069 76-75-76-73-300
Thomas Bjorn, $19,069 79-73-75-73-300
Jeff Maggert, $19,069 75-77-75-73-300
Tim Herron, $19,069 81-70-74-75-300
Len Mattiace, $19,069 73-74-75-78-300
Nick Price, $15,675 77-74-73-77-301
Paul Affleck, $15,675 79-75-74-73-301
Peter Baker, $15,675 77-74-78-72-301
Dudley Hart, $15,675 73-79-75-74-301
Mark McNulty, $15,675 73-77-76-75-301
Michael Weir, $15,675 83-71-72-75-301
Duffy Waldorf, $14,355 80-72-76-74-302
Mark James, $,14,355 76-74-74-78-302
David Howell, $13,386 76-78-79-70-303
Jeff Sluman, $13,386 80-74-77-72-303
Steve Pate, $13,386 73-76-80-74-303
Joe Ozaki, $13,386 74-78-75-76-303
Thomas Levet, $11,908 78-76-76-74-304
Choi Kyoung-Ju, $11,908 76-72-81-75-304
Dean Robertson, $11,908 76-75-78-75-304
Stephen Allan, $11,908 79-73-83-69-304
Neil Price, $11,908 79-74-76-75-304
Katsuyoshi Tomori, $11,908 74-75-79-76-304
Bob Estes, $11,908 75-76-77-76-304
Peter Lonard, $11,908 76-78-74-76-304
Bradley Hughes, $11,908 76-71-78-79-304
Santiago Luna, $10,829 78-74-80-73-305
Dennis Paulson, $10,829 74-78-79-74-305
Phillip Price, $10,829 77-76-77-75-305
Jeremy Robinson, $10,829 77-76-77-75-305
David Duval, $10,478 79-75-76-76-306
Johan Rystrom, $10,478 78-75-76-77-306
Mark Brooks, $10,478 82-70-76-78-306
Jarmo Sandelin, $10,313 75-78-77-77-307
Sven Struver, $10,230 77-73-79-79-308
Lee Thompson, $10,148 75-78-76-80-309
Brian Davis, $10,024 80-71-82-77-310
John Huston, $10,024 80-71-77-82-310
Lee Janzen, $9,900 80-74-79-78-311
Shingo Katayama, $9,900 76-75-78-83-312
Martyn Thompson, $9,900 76-78-78-81-313
Derrick Cooper, $9,900 75-77-76-85-313

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