1995 British Open: Daly Wins in Playoff

John Daly, winner of the 1995 British Open, tees off on the 18th hole at St. Andrews.
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John Daly won his second major championship at The Old Course at St. Andrews, proving that he possessed a delicate touch in his short game to negotiate the huge greens and run-ups of the historic links.

This British Open was also one of significant comings and goings: The 1995 British Open was the first played by Tiger Woods, and the last played by Arnold Palmer. Woods, still an amateur, made the cut, but finished well back, shooting 74-71-72-78--295.

Palmer missed the cut with rounds of 83 and 75, but at least the man who revitalized this championship in the early 1960s got to have his farewell at St. Andrews.

Two veterans, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Watson, opened strong before fading, sharing the first-round lead with Daly and Mark McNulty at 67. Daly shared the second-round lead with Brad Faxon and Katsuyoshi Tomori, with Constantino Rocca a stroke behind. Daly had a 73 in the third round and fell four strokes off the pace set by Michael Campbell, with Rocca in second two behind Campbell.

But Campbell struggled to a final-round 76, leaving Daly and Rocca to battle over the final round. It looked like Daly had the tournament wrapped up when Rocca, who needed a birdie to tie, flubbed a pitch shot on the final hole, leaving the ball in the dreaded Valley of Sin on The Old Course's No. 18. But Rocca then proceeded to roll in the most unlikely birdie putt, up and over and down a swale and through the valley, some 65-feet worth of snaking, undulating putt.

Rocca and Daly went into a four-hole playoff, where Daly quickly seized control. Rocca's chances were completly sunk when he hit into the Road Hole bunker on No. 17 and took three tries to get out. And John Daly was the 1995 British Open winner.

1995 British Open Scores

Results and prize money from the 1995 British Open, played at The Old Course at St. Andrews in St.

Andrews, Scotland (a-amateur; p-won playoff):

p-John Daly67-71-73-71--282$199,375
Costantino Rocca69-70-70-73--282$159,500
Steven Bottomley70-72-72-69--283$104,738
Mark Brooks70-69-73-71--283$104,738
Michael Campbell71-71-65-76--283$104,738
Vijay Singh68-72-73-71--284$64,597
Steve Elkington72-69-69-74--284$64,597
Corey Pavin69-70-72-74--285$53,166
Mark James72-75-68-70--285$53,166
Bob Estes72-70-71-72--285$53,166
Ernie Els71-68-72-75--286$41,470
Brett Ogle73-69-71-73--286$41,470
Sam Torrance71-70-71-74--286$41,470
Payne Stewart72-68-75-71--286$41,470
Ben Crenshaw67-72-76-72--287$29,029
Brad Faxon71-67-75-74--287$29,029
Greg Norman71-74-72-70--287$29,029
Robert Allenby71-74-71-71--287$29,029
Per-Ulrik Johansson69-78-68-72--287$29,029
Peter Mitchell73-74-71-70--288$21,532
David Duval71-75-70-72--288$21,532
Andrew Coltart70-74-71-73--288$21,532
Barry Lane72-73-68-75--288$21,532
Katsuyoshi Tomori70-68-73-78--289$16,455
Bill Glasson68-74-72-75--289$16,455
Jesper Parnevik75-71-70-73--289$16,455
Bernhard Langer72-71-73-73--289$16,455
a-Steve Webster70-72-74-73--289 
Mark Calcavecchia71-72-72-74--289$16,455
Lee Janzen73-73-71-72--289$16,455
Hisayuki Sasaki74-71-72-73--290$12,954
Darren Clark69-77-70-74--290$12,954
John Huston71-74-72-73--290$12,954
David Feherty68-75-71-76--290$12,954
David Frost72-72-74-72--290$12,954
Ross Drummond74-68-77-71--290$12,954
Jose Maria Olazabal72-72-74-72--290$12,954
Peter Jacobsen71-76-70-73--290$12,954
Tom Watson67-76-70-77--290$12,954
a-Warren Bennett72-74-73-72--291 
Gordon Sherry70-71-74-76--291$11,244
Mark McNulty67-76-74-74--291$11,244
Nick Price70-74-70-77--291$11,244
Nick Faldo74-67-75-75--291$11,244
Seve Ballesteros75-69-76-71--291$11,244
Phil Mickelson70-71-77-73--291$11,244
Brian Watts72-71-73-75--291$11,244
John Cook69-70-75-77--291$11,244
Ken Green71-72-73-76--292$10,128
Tommy Nakajima73-72-72-75--292$10,128
Brian Claar71-75-71-75--292$10,128
Anders Forsbrand70-74-75-73--292$10,128
Mark O'Meara72-72-75-73--292$10,128
Ian Woosnam71-74-76-71--292$10,128
Russell Claydon70-74-71-78--293$9,410
Peter O'Malley71-73-74-75--293$9,410
Jim Gallagher Jr.69-76-75-73--293$9,410
Paul Lawrie73-71-74-76--294$8,732
Martin Gates73-73-72-76--294$8,732
Eduardo Herrera74-72-73-75--294$8,732
Raymond Floyd72-74-72-76--294$8,732
Paul Broadhurst73-72-76-73--294$8,732
Justin Leonard73-67-77-77--294$8,732
David Gilford69-72-75-78--294$8,732
Derrick Cooper71-76-74-73--294$8,732
Tom Kite72-76-71-75--294$8,732
Peter Senior71-75-78-70--294$8,732
Jose Rivero70-72-75-78--295$7,935
Gary Player71-73-77-74--295$7,935
Gary Hallberg72-74-72-77--295$7,935
a-Tiger Woods74-71-72-78--295 
Mats Hallberg68-76-75-76--295$7,935
Peter Baker70-74-81-70--295$7,935
Frank Nobilo70-71-80-74--295$7,935
Scott Hoch74-72-73-76--295$7,935
Jonathan Lomas74-73-75-73--295$7,935
Olle Karlsson71-76-73-75--295$7,935
Jeff Maggert75-70-78-72--295$7,935
Dean Robertson71-73-74-78--296$7,177
Ricky Kawagishi72-76-80-68--296$7,177
Jarmo Sandelin75-71-77-73--296$7,177
Steve Lowery69-74-76-77--296$7,177
Bob Lohr76-68-79-73--296$7,177
Jay Haas76-72-70-78--296$7,177
Patrick Burke75-72-78-71--296$7,177
Jack Nicklaus78-70-77-71--296$7,177
Sandy Lyle71-71-79-75--296$7,177
Eduardo Romero74-74-72-77--297$6,579
Wayne Riley70-72-75-80--297$6,579
Mark Davis74-71-76-76--297$6,579
Jay Delsing72-75-73-77--297$6,579
Miguel Angel Jimenez75-73-76-73--297$6,579
Gene Sauers69-73-75-80--297$6,579
John Hawksworth73-74-75-76--298$6,380
Bill Longmuir72-76-72-78--298$6,380
Jose Coceres71-76-78-74--299$6,380
Lee Westwood71-72-82-74--299$6,380
Davis Love III70-78-74-78--300$6,380
Simon Burnell72-76-75-77--300$6,380
a-Gary Clarke71-76-80-74--301 
Don Pooley76-71-80-75--302$6,380
Mark Nichols75-68-78-81--302$6,380
Pedro Linhart72-75-77-79--303$6,380


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