2010 British Open: Oosthuizen Runs Away With It

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa tees off on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2010 Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 18, 2010
Louis Oosthuizen tees off on the final hole of the tournament at St. Andrews in the 2010 British Open. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Louis Oosthuizen ran away with the 2010 British Open, winning by seven strokes over the wind-blown Old Course in St. Andrews.

Quick Bits

  • Winner: Louis Oosthuizen, 272
  • Dates: July 15-18, 2010
  • Location: The Old Course at St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Open Championship number: This was the 138th time the British Open was played.

How Oosthuizen Closed the Door on the 2010 Open Field

Oosthuizen closed the tournament in dominating fashion, but Rory McIlroy began it that way.

In the first round, McIlroy tied the major championship 18-hole record with a round of 63. But in the afternoon portion of second-round play, a powerful gale blew across the Old Course. The wind was so strong that it even halted play for a while after golf balls on some putting surfaces started wobbling or even blowing away.

McIlroy played in that second-round gale, and followed his opening 63 with an 80. Oosthuizen, however, lucked out with a morning draw, played in better (although rainy) conditions, and shot 67.

Oosthuizen took the tournament lead after the seventh hole of his second round, and never gave it up. He led by five after Round 2 and by four following Round 3. Paul Casey was the player four back heading into the final round, with everyone else farther back (next-closest was Martin Kaymer, seven behind Oosthuizen).

Casey stayed in contact with the leader through the early part of his round, but Casey's tournament chances met their doom when he triple-bogeyed the 12th hole.

Oosthuizen, ranked No. 54 in the world at the beginning of the tournament and with one European Tour victory to his credit at this time, held steady throughout the final round. He drove the par-4 ninth green and made the eagle putt. Only a bogey at the No. 17 Road Hole prevented Oosthuizen from tying the modern tournament record for largest margin of victory.

Lee Westwood finished second, and McIlroy recovered from his second-round disaster to tie for third.

Although this was the 138th time the tournament was played, it was also the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Open Championship. Golf's first major was first played in 1860.

2010 British Open Golf Tournament Scores

Results from the 2010 British Open golf tournament played on the par-72 Old Course at St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland (a-amateur):

Louis Oosthuizen65-67-69-71--272$1,011,840
Lee Westwood67-71-71-70--279$595,200
Rory McIlroy63-80-69-68--280$305,536
Henrik Stenson68-74-67-71--280$305,536
Paul Casey69-69-67-75--280$305,536
Retief Goosen69-70-72-70--281$208,321
Robert Rock68-78-67-69--282$144,336
Sean O'Hair67-72-72-71--282$144,336
Nick Watney67-73-71-71--282$144,336
Martin Kaymer69-71-68-74--282$144,336
Alvaro Quiros72-70-74-67--283$97,216
Jeff Overton73-69-72-69--283$97,216
Luke Donald73-72-69-69--283$97,216
Rickie Fowler79-67-71-67--284$68,076
Tom Lehman71-68-75-70--284$68,076
Charl Schwartzel71-75-68-70--284$68,076
Ignacio Garrido69-71-73-71--284$68,076
a-Jin Jeong68-70-74-72--284 
Robert Karlsson69-71-72-72--284$68,076
Sergio Garcia71-71-70-72--284$68,076
J.B. Holmes70-72-70-72--284$68,076
Dustin Johnson69-72-69-74--284$68,076
Trevor Immelman68-74-75-68--285$49,997
Graeme McDowell71-68-76-70--285$49,997
Stephen Gallacher71-73-70-71--285$49,997
Tiger Woods67-73-73-72--285$49,997
Edoardo Molinari69-76-73-68--286$37,200
Matt Kuchar72-74-71-69--286$37,200
Ryo Ishikawa68-73-75-70--286$37,200
Bradley Dredge66-76-74-70--286$37,200
Marcel Siem67-75-74-70--286$37,200
Robert Allenby69-75-71-71--286$37,200
Kevin Na70-74-70-72--286$37,200
Adam Scott72-70-72-72--286$37,200
Miguel Angel Jimenez72-67-74-73--286$37,200
Alejandro Canizares67-71-71-77--286$37,200
Vijay Singh68-73-76-70--287$26,189
Colm Moriarty72-73-72-70--287$26,189
Soren Kjeldsen72-74-70-71--287$26,189
Hunter Mahan69-76-71-71--287$26,189
Peter Hanson66-73-74-74--287$26,189
Ross Fisher68-77-68-74--287$26,189
Shane Lowry68-73-71-75--287$26,189
Darren Clarke70-70-77-71--288$20,386
Bo Van Pelt69-72-73-74--288$20,386
Camilo Villegas68-75-70-75--288$20,386
Ricky Barnes68-71-72-77--288$20,386
Simon Dyson69-75-73-72--289$16,377
John Senden68-76-73-72--289$16,377
Kyung-Tae Kim70-74-73-72--289$16,377
John Daly66-76-74-73--289$16,377
Stewart Cink70-74-71-74--289$16,377
Phil Mickelson73-71-70-75--289$16,377
Lucas Glover67-76-70-76--289$16,377
Danny Chia69-77-74-70--290$14,761
Simon Khan74-69-73-74--290$14,761
Zane Scotland70-74-72-74--290$14,761
Steve Stricker71-74-71-74--290$14,761
Steve Marino69-76-69-76--290$14,761
Ian Poulter71-73-76-71--291$13,987
Jason Day71-74-75-71--291$13,987
Peter Senior73-71-74-73--291$13,987
Heath Slocum71-74-73-73--291$13,987
Toru Taniguchi70-70-77-74--291$13,987
Y.E. Yang67-74-76-74--291$13,987
Tom Pernice Jr.72-74-71-74--291$13,987
Marc Leishman73-71-72-75--291$13,987
Hirofumi Miyase71-75-73-73--292$13,273
Colin Montgomerie74-71-74-73--292$13,273
Steven Tiley66-79-73-74--292$13,273
Fredrik Andersson Hed67-74-73-78--292$13,273
Andrew Coltart66-77-74-76--293$13,064
Mark Calcavecchia70-67-77-80--294$12,856
Richard S. Johnson73-73-76-73--295$12,678
Thomas Aiken71-73-77-74--295$12,678
Zach Johnson72-74-74-76--296$12,440
Scott Verplank72-73-74-77--296$12,440

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