Murphy's Irish Open
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 Dates: Thursday, June 28th through Sunday, July 1st
 Site: Fota Island Golf Club, County Cork, Ireland
 Course Architect: Christy O'Connor, Jr. and Peter McEvoy (1993),
                   Jeff Howes (1999, redesign)
 Par: 71
 Yardage: 6,927
 Hole-By-Hole: 1 - Par 4 409 Yds   10 - Par 5 500 Yds
               2 - Par 4 461 Yds   11 - Par 3 168 Yds
               3 - Par 3 165 Yds   12 - Par 4 428 Yds
               4 - Par 5 548 Yds   13 - Par 3 208 Yds
               5 - Par 5 544 Yds   14 - Par 4 417 Yds
               6 - Par 4 376 Yds   15 - Par 4 476 Yds
               7 - Par 3 179 Yds   16 - Par 4 417 Yds
               8 - Par 4 478 Yds   17 - Par 3 222 Yds
               9 - Par 4 424 Yds   18 - Par 5 507 Yds
                   -------------        -------------
                    36 3,584 Yds         35 3,343 Yds

 Annual: 46th
 Defending Champion: Patrik Sjoland
 Runner-Up: Fredrik Jacobson
 Tournament Record: 267 (Bernhard Langer, 1984)
 18-Hole Record: 62 (Colin Montgomerie, 1997 - Druids Glen;
                     Barry Lane, 1998 - Druids Glen;
                     Miguel Angel Martin, 1999 - Druids Glen)
 Total Purse: $1,371,680
 Shares: 1st Place - $228,607; 2nd Place - 152,400; 3rd Place - 85,867

                             2000 Finish
                             -----------

 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Patrik Sjoland         270               Nick O'Hern             276
 Fredrik Jacobson       272               Bradley Dredge          276
 Rolf Muntz             274               Des Smyth               276
 Paul McGinley          274               Eduardo Romero          276
 Peter Lonard           275               10 players at           277

                 Past Murphy's Irish Open Winners and Runners-up
                 -----------------------------------------------

 2000 -- Patrick Sjoland (270) -- Fredrik Jacobson
 1999 -- Sergio Garcia (268) -- Angel Cabrera
 1998 -- *David Carter (278) -- Colin Montgomerie
 1997 -- Colin Montgomerie (269) -- Lee Westwood
 1996 -- Colin Montgomerie (279) -- Andrew Oldcorn, Wayne Riley
 1995 -- *Sam Torrance (277) -- Howard Clark, Stuart Cage
 1994 -- Bernhard Langer (275) -- Robert Allenby, John Daly
 1993 -- *Nick Faldo (276) -- Jose Maria Olazabal
 1992 -- *Nick Faldo (274) -- Wayne Westner
 1991 -- Nick Faldo (283) -- Colin Montgomerie
 1990 -- Jose Maria Olazabal (282) -- Frank Nobilo, Mark Calcavecchia
 1989 -- *Ian Woosnam (278) -- Philip Walton
 1988 -- Ian Woosnam (278) -- Nick Faldo, Manuel Pinero, Des Smyth,
                              Jose Maria Olazabal
 1987 -- Bernhard Langer (269) -- Sandy Lyle
 1986 -- Seve Ballesteros (285) -- Rodger Davis, Mark McNulty
 1985 -- *Seve Ballesteros (278) -- Bernhard Langer
 1984 -- Bernhard Langer (267) -- Mark James
 1983 -- Seve Ballesteros (271) -- Brian Barnes
 1982 -- John O'Leary (287) -- Maurice Bembridge
 1981 -- Sam Torrance (276) -- Nick Faldo
 1980 -- Mark James (284) -- Brian Barnes
 1979 -- Mark James (282) -- Ed Sneed
 1978 -- Ken Brown (281) -- Seve Ballesteros, John O'Leary
 1977 -- Hubert Green (283) -- Ben Crenshaw
 1976 -- Ben Crenshaw (284) -- Brian Barnes, Martin Foster, Billy Casper
 1975 -- Christy O'Connor, Jr. (275) -- Harry Bannerman
 1974 -- Not Held
 1973 -- Not Held
 1972 -- Not Held
 1971 -- Not Held
 1970 -- Not Held
 1969 -- Not Held
 1968 -- Not Held
 1967 -- Not Held
 1966 -- Not Held
 1965 -- Not Held
 1964 -- Not Held
 1963 -- Not Held
 1962 -- Not Held
 1961 -- Not Held
 1960 -- Not Held
 1959 -- Not Held
 1958 -- Not Held
 1957 -- Not Held
 1956 -- Not Held
 1955 -- Not Held
 1954 -- Not Held
 1953 -- E.Brown (272)
 1952 -- Not Held
 1951 -- Not Held
 1950 -- H.Pickworth (287)
 1949 -- H.Bradshaw (286)
 1948 -- D.Rees (295)
 1947 -- H.Bradshaw (290)
 1946 -- F.Daly (288)
 1945 -- Not Held
 1944 -- Not Held
 1943 -- Not Held
 1942 -- Not Held
 1941 -- Not Held
 1940 -- Not Held
 1939 -- A.Lees (287)
 1938 -- A.Locke (292)
 1937 -- B.Gadd (284)
 1936 -- R.Whitcombe (281)
 1935 -- E.Whitcombe (292)
 1934 -- S.Easterbrook (284)
 1933 -- E.Kenyon (286)
 1932 -- A.Padgham (283)
 1931 -- E.Kenyon (291)
 1930 -- C.Whitcombe (289)
 1929 -- A.Mitchell (309)
 1928 -- E.Whitcombe (288)
 1927 -- G.Duncan (312)

 * - won in playoff.

 Note: Formerly called Carrols Irish Open (1975-93).

                           Top Contenders in the Field
                           ---------------------------

 Patrik Sjoland     - Defending champ, 9 cuts made in 13 events, no top-10's
 Thomas Bjorn       - 9th on money list with one win and four top-10 finishes
 Darren Clarke      - Has made 9 of 10 cuts, but only two top-10's to credit
 Andrew Coltart     - Won last week's Great North Open, 10th on money list
 Padraig Harrington - Three-time runner-up this year, 5th on money list
 Paul Lawrie        - Former British Open champion with only 2 top-10's
 Paul McGinley      - Has made the cut in all 12 events entered, 6 top-10's
 Colin Montgomerie  - 41st on money list with just two top-10's in 7 cuts made
 Jose M. Olazabal   - Won French Open for only top-10 finish on European Tour
 Andrew Oldcorn     - Won Volvo PGA for only top-10 of the year, 4th in money
 Phillip Price      - Has 3 top-10's and one victory in 13 tournaments
 Ian Woosnam        - 7 cuts made in 9 tournaments with only 1 top-10 finish

 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Colin Montgomerie
 Darkhorse   - Justin Rose

 Last Week's Pick to Win (Lee Westwood) - Missed the cut
 Last Week's Darkhorse (Richard Green) - Finished tied for 20th

 NOTES:
      Two shots behind when Sunday's final round began, Patrik Sjoland carded
 a one-under 70 on the famed links of Ballybunion to edge out compatriot
 Fredrik Jacobson by two shots for his second win on the European Tour. Of the
 last 12 players on the course on the final day, Sjoland was the only player
 to break par. Fredrik Lindgren and David Lynn were the only players in the
 field to record holes-in-one. Lindgren aced the third hole during round one
 and Lynn posted his hole-in-one on the third during the second round. Fota
 Island Golf Club will be hosting this event the next two years. The course
 reopened in September 1999, following an 18-month, 2.2 million program that
 saw the rebuilding of all 18 greens, the reseeding of all tees and the
 redesign of some 8 of the holes. There have been only three champions who have posted
 all four rounds in the 60's: 1999 - Sergio Garcia (Druids Glen) 69, 68, 67,
 64; 1987 - Bernhard Langer 67, 68, 66, 68 (Portmarnock) and 1984 - Langer 68, 66,
 67, 66 (Royal Dublin). There have been only five Irish winners of this
 event: 1982 - John O'Leary (Portmarnock), 1975 - Christy O'Connor Jr
 (Woodbrook), 1949 - Harry Bradshaw (Belvoir Park), 1947 - Harry Bradshaw
 (Royal Portrush) and 1946 - Fred Daly (Portmarnock). There have been eight
 playoffs in the tournament history, the last coming in 1998 when David Carter
 defeated Colin Montgomerie. Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros
 are three-time winners of this event. Montgomerie was the last player to win
 this event back-to-back (1996-97). Faldo is the only player to win this event
 three consecutive years (1991-93). Americans captured this event only twice,
 in 1976 and 1977 when Ben Crenshaw and Hubert Green won the tournament.
 Last year, Matt Kuchar, playing as an amateur, was one of five players from the
 United States to miss the cut. Kuchar shot rounds of 71-72. The European Tour
 remains in Ireland next week for the Smurfit European Open at the K Club in
 Dublin where Lee Westwood will defend his title.

 

 

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