Open Competitions 2011
In contrast to The Open's last sun-drenched visit to Sandwich in 2003,the wind and rain ensured a tough challenge throughout the tournament.
There were two stars on a remarkable first day of the 140th Open Championship; Thomas Bjorn of Denmark and 20-year-old English amateur Tom Lewis, both scoring a five-under par total of 65.
At the end of the second day, 18 players were within three strokes of the joint leaders, Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland and Lucas Glover. With the cut falling at three over par, all qualifiers for the final two rounds are covered by only seven shots.
It was Darren Clarke that held his nerve to remain at the top of the leader board after the third round. He started the final round just one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson and three in front of Rickie Fowler. Phil Mickelson put in a late challenge on the final day but in the end Clarke cruised to victory in style.