1948 Open Championship

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.[2][3]

1948 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates30 June – 2 July 1948
LocationGullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s)Muirfield
Statistics
Par71
Field97 players, 36 after cut[1]
Cut148 (+6)
Prize fund£1,000
$4,000
Winner's share£150
$600[2]
Champion
England Henry Cotton
284 (E)
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Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland
Muirfield is located in East Lothian
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in East Lothian, Scotland

Qualifying took place on 28–29 June, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes at Muirfield and 18 holes at the number 1 course Gullane. The number of qualifiers was limited to a maximum of 100, and ties for 100th place would not qualify.[4]Henry Cotton led on 138; the qualifying score was 152 and 97 players advanced.[5][6] Cotton had led the qualification in 1935, the previous time the Open had been held at Muirfield.

Charlie Ward, Sam King, and Flory Van Donck shot 69 to share the first round lead.[7] Cotton opened with a 71, then led by four strokes after a 66 in the second round,[8] 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. The maximum number of players making the cut after 36 holes was again set at 40, and ties for 40th place were not included. The cut was at 148 (+6) and 36 players advanced.[8]

Over the final two rounds, the lowest round was 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.[2][3]

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 won the title nineteen years later, in 1967.

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Henry Cotton   England 1934, 1937 71 66 75 72 284 E 1
Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 1947 72 71 73 73 289 +5 2
Alf Padgham   England 1936 73 70 71 77 291 +6 T7
Dick Burton   England 1939 74 70 74 77 295 +11 T18
Reg Whitcombe   England 1938 77 67 77 74 295 +11 T18
Alf Perry   England 1935 77 71 76 73 297 +13 T23

Source:[1][2][3]

All past champions in the field made the cut.

Did not enter:

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Wednesday, 30 June 1948

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Sam King   England 69 −2
Flory Van Donck   Belgium
Charlie Ward   England
T4 Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 70 −1
Frank Jowle   England
T6 Henry Cotton   England 71 E
Reg Horne   England
Norman Von Nida   Australia
T10 Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 72 +1
Arthur Lacey   England
Lawson Little   United States
Walter Lyle   Scotland
Norman Sutton   England

Source:[7]

Second roundEdit

Thursday, 1 July 1948

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Henry Cotton   England 71-66=137 −5
T2 Sam King   England 69-72=141 −1
Charlie Ward   England 69-72=141
T4 Arthur Lees   England 73-69=142 E
Flory Van Donck   Belgium 69-73=142
T6 Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 72-71=143 +1
Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 70-73=143
Alf Padgham   England 73-70=143
Norman Von Nida   Australia 71-72=143
T10 Dick Burton   England 74-70=144 +2
Jack Hargreaves   England 76-68=144
Dai Rees   Wales 73-71=144
Reg Whitcombe   England 77-67=144

Source:[8]

Third roundEdit

Friday, 2 July 1948 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Henry Cotton   England 71-66-75=212 −1
1 Alf Padgham   England 73-70-71=214 +1
T3 Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 70-73-72=215 +2
Sam King   England 69-72-74=215
Arthur Lees   England 73-69-73=215
Flory Van Donck   Belgium 69-73-73=215
T7 Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 72-71-73=216 +3
Charlie Ward   England 69-72-75=216
Alan Waters   England 75-71-70=216
10 Jack Hargreaves   England 76-68-73=217 +4

Source:[2][3]

Final roundEdit

Friday, 2 July 1948 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Henry Cotton   England 71-66-75-72=284 E 150
2 Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 72-71-73-73=289 +5 100
T3 Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 70-73-72-75=290 +6    41 ¼
Jack Hargreaves   England 76-68-73-73=290
Norman Von Nida   Australia 71-72-76-71=290
Charlie Ward   England 69-72-75-74=290
T7 Johnny Bulla   United States 74-72-73-72=291 +7 15
Sam King   England 69-72-74-76=291
Alf Padgham   England 73-70-71-77=291
Flory Van Donck   Belgium 69-73-73-76=291

Source:[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 90. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Cotton captures third British Open golf title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 3 July 1948. p. 11. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Cotton's third Open Championship". Glasgow Herald. 3 July 1948. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Golf - The Open Championship". The Times. 15 June 1948. p. 6.
  5. ^ a b "Cotton leads qualifiers in Open". Glasgow Herald. 30 June 1948. p. 3.
  6. ^ "Golf - Open Championship qualifiers". The Times. 30 June 1948. p. 2.
  7. ^ a b "Greens baffle "Open" golfers". Glasgow Herald. 1 July 1948. p. 6.
  8. ^ a b c "Cotton's "royal" round to lead in "Open"". Glasgow Herald. 2 July 1948. p. 6.
  9. ^ "9 Americans qualify for British Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 30 June 1948. p. 1, sec. 2.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1948 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1949 Masters Tournament

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