1996 Tom Lehman Wins The Open At Royal Lytham & St Annes

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By Golf Histories

In becoming the first American professional to win at Royal Lytham & St Annes, and the first player from across the Atlantic since the great amateur Bobby Jones won the inaugural Open at Lytham in 1926,

Tom Lehman showed both perseverance and brilliance. The latter came especially on Saturday when the 37-year-old from Minnesota set a new course best of 64 that gave him a record of 198 strokes for the first 54 holes.

He had beaten the old mark by one stroke, achieved twice by Nick Faldo, who by coincidence was his nearest challenger, six strokes behind.