1996 British Open: Lehman Holds on to Win

The moment of Victory for Tom Lehman during the 1996 Open Championship at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Course
Tom Lehman raises his arms in victory after the final putt falls at the 1996 British Open. David Cannon

Tom Lehman was one of the most consistent players of the mid-1990s, seemingly always in contention in the top tournaments. During one stretch, he played in the final pairing of the U.S. Open four straight years, but without winning any of them.

Lehman's major championship frustration finally came to an end in the 1996 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the course where Bobby Jones won in 1926 in the first Open Championship played at this venue.

Lehman opened 67-67, then scorched the course for a third-round 64, opening a six-stroke lead over the field. And that margin served him well when he produced a pedestrian 73 in the final round. Ernie Els and Mark McCumber mounted charges, shooting 67 and 66 respectively, but finished tied for second two strokes behind.

In his second British Open appearance, amateur Tiger Woods finished tied for 22nd place.

1996 British Open Scores

Results from the 1996 British Open played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club (par 71) in Lancashire, England (a-amateur):

Tom Lehman67-67-64-73--271$310,000
Mark McCumber67-69-71-66--273$193,750
Ernie Els68-67-71-67--273$193,750
Nick Faldo68-68-68-70--274$116,250
Jeff Maggert69-70-72-65--276$77,500
Mark Brooks67-70-68-71--276$77,500
Peter Hedblom70-65-75-67--277$54,250
Fred Couples67-70-69-71--277$54,250
Greg Norman71-68-71-67--277$54,250
Greg Turner72-69-68-68--277$54,250
Alexander Cejka73-67-71-67--278$41,850
Darren Clarke70-68-69-71--278$41,850
Vijay Singh69-67-69-73--278$41,850
Mark McNulty69-71-70-69--279$31,387
David Duval76-67-66-70--279$31,387
Paul McGinley69-65-74-71--279$31,387
Shigeki Maruyama68-70-69-72--279$31,387
Michael Welch71-68-73-68--280$24,025
Padraig Harrington68-68-73-71--280$24,025
Loren Roberts67-69-72-72--280$24,025
Rocco Mediate69-70-69-72--280$24,025
Mark James70-68-75-68--281$18,406
Jay Haas70-72-71-68--281$18,406
a-Tiger Woods75-66-70-70--281 
Steve Stricker71-70-66-74--281$18,406
Carl Mason68-70-70-73--281$18,406
Ben Crenshaw73-68-71-70--282$14,763
Tom Kite77-66-69-70--282$14,763
Paul Broadhurst65-72-74-71--282$14,763
Corey Pavin70-66-74-72--282$14,763
Peter Mitchell71-68-71-72--282$14,763
Frank Nobilo70-72-68-72--282$14,763
Eduardo Romero70-71-75-67--283$12,157
Tommy Tolles73-70-71-69--283$12,157
Scott Simpson71-69-73-70--283$12,157
Eamon Darcy73-69-71-70--283$12,157
David Gilford71-67-71-74--283$12,157
Mark O'Meara67-69-72-75--283$12,157
Hidemichi Tanaka67-71-70-75--283$12,157
Brad Faxon67-73-68-75--283$12,157
Mark Calcavecchia72-68-76-68--284$11,082
Phil Mickelson72-71-72-69--284$11,082
Klaus Eriksson68-75-72-69--284$11,082
David Frost70-72-71-71--284$11,082
Peter Jacobsen72-70-74-69--285$9,920
Billy Mayfair70-72-74-69--285$9,920
Craig Stadler71-71-75-68--285$9,920
Todd Hamilton71-70-74-70--285$9,920
Bradley Hughes70-69-75-71--285$9,920
Payne Stewart70-73-71-71--285$9,920
Richard Boxall72-70-71-72--285$9,920
Jack Nicklaus69-66-77-73--285$9,920
Nick Price68-73-71-73--285$9,920
Jim Furyk68-71-72-74--285$9,920
Jesper Parnevik72-69-69-75--285$9,920
Jim Payne72-71-73-70--286$8,815
Sandy Lyle71-69-73-73--286$8,815
Robert Allenby74-68-71-73--286$8,815
Stephen Ames71-72-69-74--286$8,815
Michael Jonzon69-73-73-72--287$8,486
D.A. Weibring71-72-72-72--287$8,486
Jeff Sluman72-70-70-75--287$8,486
Brian Barnes73-70-69-75--287$8,486
Carl Suneson73-69-74-72--288$8,215
Costantino Rocca71-70-74-73--288$8,215
Gordon Law74-69-71-74--288$8,215
David A. Russell70-72-74-73--289$7,982
Brett Ogle70-73-73-73--289$7,982
John Daly70-73-69-77--289$7,982
Howard Clark72-71-76-71--290$7,827
Bob Charles71-72-71-77--291$7,750
Domingo Hospital75-68-77-72--292$7,556
Rick Todd74-69-73-76--292$7,556
Curtis Strange71-72-72-77--292$7,556
Roger Chapman72-70-70-80--292$7,556
Retief Goosen72-71-74-76--293$7,362
Arnaud Langenaeken72-71-77-78--298$7,285

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