1948 Open Championship
|Dates||30 June – 2 July 1948|
|Location||Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland|
|Field||97 players, 36 after cut|
The 1948 Open Championship was the 77th Open Championship, held 30 June to 2 July at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Henry Cotton, age 41, won his third and final Open title, five strokes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Fred Daly.
Charlie Ward, Sam King, and Flory Van Donck shot 69 to share the first round lead. Henry Cotton opened with a 71, then took the lead with a 66 in the second round, one off his own tournament record set in 1934. While scoring conditions in the first two rounds were ideal, with five other rounds of sub-70 in the second, the change in weather on the final day caused scores to soar. Over the final two rounds no player recorded a round below 70. Cotton carded rounds of 75-72 to set a clubhouse lead of 284 that no one came close to matching. Fred Daly came closest with a 289, five-shots behind.
Argentine Roberto De Vicenzo made his Open Championship debut and finished in third place. Over the next two years he followed with another third and a runner-up finish. He would eventually win the title 19 years later, in 1967.
Friday, 2 July 1948
|2||Fred Daly||Northern Ireland||72-71-73-73=289||+5|
|T3||Roberto De Vicenzo||Argentina||70-73-72-75=290||+6|
|Norman Von Nida||Australia||71-72-76-71=290|
|T7||Johnny Bulla||United States||74-72-73-72=291||+7|
|Flory Van Donck||Belgium||69-73-73-76=291|
1948 U.S. Open
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
1949 Masters Tournament