The Great Surge of 1998…
Sherri Steinhauer’s opening round of 81 remains the highest score recorded by any major champion at Royal Lytham.
On a week where no competitor would return a score of par or better due to the blustery conditions, Steinhauer made a great surge on the field, making up a 12-shot improvement on her first effort, and her three-under-par 69 in the final round, for a four-over-par total of 292, made her one of the more surprising winners.
On the final hole, she produced a fine drive, leaving just 156 yards to go in a strong crosswind. Electing to use a six-iron, she pitched the ball well short of the pin and ran it up, succeeding brilliantly. The execution of the second shot left just seven feet for birdie and despite only just reaching the lip of the cup, the ball dropped securing Steinhauer the victory.