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1947 Open Championship

The 1947 Open Championship was the 76th Open Championship, held 2–4 July at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. Fred Daly became the first Irish winner of the Open Championship, one stroke ahead of runners-up Reg Horne and amateur Frank Stranahan.[3][4][5] It was Daly's only major title.

1947 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates2–4 July 1947
LocationHoylake, England
Course(s)Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Organized byThe R&A
Statistics
Par68[1][2]
Length6,978 yards (6,381 m)[1]
Field100, 40 after cut
Cut156 (+20)
Prize fund£1,000
$4,000
Winner's share£150
$600
Champion
Northern Ireland Fred Daly
293 (+21)
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Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, Merseyside, west of Liverpool, England

Qualifying took place on 30 June and 1 July, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes at Hoylake and 18 holes at Arrowe Park.[6] The number of qualifiers was limited to a maximum of 100, and ties for 100th place would not qualify.[7] Norman Von Nida led the qualifiers for the second successive year, scoring 139; the qualifying score was 155 and 100 players advanced.[8][9] Only five Americans entered the qualifier, and none were former champions.[1]

Par was set at 68 for the championship, which was the course record at the time. The course was regularly par 72 at 7,048 yards (6,445 m); all four par-5 holes were shortened slightly and made into par-4 holes.[1]

The total prize money was £1000, with a winner's share of £150, £100 for second, £75 for third, £50 for fourth, £25 for fifth, and £15 for each of the next 35 players. The £1000 was completed with a £15 prize for winning the qualification event and four £15 prizes for the lowest score in each round. Where an amateur finished in a place where there was a cash prize that money was donated to the P.G.A. Benevolent Fund.[7] The prize money distribution meant that, with a maximum of forty players making the cut, all professionals making the cut received prize money.

Henry Cotton and Laurie Ayton, Jnr shared the first round lead on Wednesday,[10][11] but in the second round both fell back with rounds of 78 and 80, respectively.[2] After 36 holes, Daly led at 143 (+7), four shots ahead of Cotton and Sam King.[12][13] The maximum number of players making the cut after 36 holes was again set at 40, and ties for 40th place did not make the cut.[7]

Daly had a poor third round on Friday morning, shooting 78 to fall into a tie for the lead with Cotton, Arthur Lees, and Norman Von Nida. There were a further nine players within three-strokes of the lead. Horne, who began two back, made the first move with a 35 on the front-nine. He took a pair of 5s at the 16th and 17th holes, however, and at the 18th his putt for a three lipped out and finished at 294. Daly began the round with a 38 (+4) on the front, but he recovered on the back and holed a birdie putt on the 18th to post 293. Cotton made the turn in 36 and needed another 36 on the back to tie Daly, but in the blustery wind this proved too difficult and he finished at 297. That left Stranahan as the last player on the course able to tie Daly. He reached the 17th needing to play the final two holes in seven strokes, but a three-putt led to a five and saw him needing an improbable two on the last. He gave it a good shot, with his approach stopping less than a foot (0.3 m) from the hole.[3]

Contents

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Dick Burton   England 1939 77 71 77 71 296 +24 5
Henry Cotton   England 1934, 1937 69 78 74 76 297 +25 T6
Alf Padgham   England 1936 75 75 74 76 300 +28 T13
Reg Whitcombe   England 1938 75 77 71 77 300 +28 T13
Alf Perry   England 1935 76 77 71 77 304 +32 T18
Arthur Havers   England 1923 80 76 79 76 311 +39 T27

Source:[14][3]

All past champions in the field made the cut.

Did not enter:

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Wednesday, 2 July 1947

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Laurie Ayton, Jnr   Scotland 69 +1
Henry Cotton   England
3 Frank Stranahan (a)   United States 71 +3
T4 Jimmy Adams   Scotland 73 +5
John Burton   England
Fred Daly   Northern Ireland
Flory Van Donck   Belgium
T8 William Anderson   Scotland 74 +6
Fred Bullock   England
Norman Von Nida   Australia

Source:[10][11]

Second roundEdit

Thursday, 3 July 1947

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 73-70=143 +7
T2 Henry Cotton   England 69-78=147 +11
Sam King   England 75-72=147
4 Dick Burton   Northern Ireland 77-71=148 +12
T5 Laurie Ayton, Jnr   Scotland 69-80=149 +13
Arthur Lees   England 75-74=149
Charlie Ward   England 76-73=149
Flory Van Donck   Belgium 73-76=149
T10 Alf Padgham   England 75-75=150 +14
Bill Shankland   Australia 76-74=150
Frank Stranahan (a)   United States 71-79=150
Norman Von Nida   Australia 74-76=150

Source:[12]

Third roundEdit

Friday, 4 July 1947 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Henry Cotton   England 69-78-74=221 +15
Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 73-70-78=221
Arthur Lees   England 75-74-72=221
Norman Von Nida   Australia 74-76-71=221
5 Frank Stranahan (a)   United States 71-79-72=222 +16
T6 Laurie Ayton, Jnr   Scotland 69-80-74=223 +17
Reg Horne   England 77-74-72=223
Alf Perry   England 76-77-70=223
Reg Whitcombe   England 75-77-71=223
T10 Jimmy Adams   Scotland 73-80-71=224 +18
Sam King   England 75-72-77=224
Alf Padgham   England 75-75-74=224
Dai Rees   Wales 77-74-73=224

Source:[14][3]

Final roundEdit

Friday, 4 July 1947 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money
1 Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 73-70-78-72=293 +21 £150
T2 Reg Horne   England 77-74-72-71=294 +22 £87 10s
Frank Stranahan (a)   United States 71-79-72-72=294
4 Bill Shankland   Australia 76-74-75-70=295 +23 £50
5 Dick Burton   England 77-71-77-71=296 +24 £25
T6 Johnny Bulla   United States 80-72-74-71=297 +25 £15
Henry Cotton   England 69-78-74-76=297
Sam King   England 75-72-77-73=297
Arthur Lees   England 75-74-72-76=297
Norman Von Nida   Australia 74-76-71-76=297
Charlie Ward   England 76-73-76-72=297
(a) denotes amateur

Source:[14][3]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Cotton, King tie for lead". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. 3 July 1947. p. 2, part 2.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Daly first Irishman to win Open". Glasgow Herald. 5 July 1947. p. 5.
  4. ^ "Stranahan's bid for title fails". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 5 July 1947. p. 1, sec. 2.
  5. ^ "Stranahan misses title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 5 July 1947. p. 4, part 2.
  6. ^ "Hopes of British win in Open Championship". Glasgow Herald. 30 June 1947. p. 7.
  7. ^ a b c ""Open" golf conditions". Glasgow Herald. 13 March 1947. p. 6.
  8. ^ a b "Ominous overseas threat in golf "Open"". Glasgow Herald. 2 July 1947. p. 6.
  9. ^ "Open Championship qualifiers". The Times. 2 July 1947. p. 2.
  10. ^ a b "Britain's early blows for Open golf title". Glasgow Herald. 3 July 1947. p. 6.
  11. ^ a b "Yanks falter in British Open". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. 3 July 1947. p. 13.
  12. ^ a b "Irishman breaks through in golf "Open"". Glasgow Herald. 4 July 1947. p. 6.
  13. ^ "Tempers, scores high in England". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. 3 July 1947. p. 8.
  14. ^ a b c "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 91. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Amateur's 70 tops Yanks in British Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 1 July 1947. p. 26.
  16. ^ "Bulla fires 67 to qualify for British Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 2 July 1947. p. 1, sec. 2.

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