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1968 Open Championship

The 1968 Open Championship was the 97th Open Championship, played 10–13 July at Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. Gary Player won the second of his three Open titles, two strokes ahead of runners-up Bob Charles and Jack Nicklaus.[2] It was the fifth of Player's nine major titles.

1968 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates10–13 July 1968
LocationAngus, Scotland
Course(s)Carnoustie Golf Links
Championship Course
Statistics
Par72[1]
Length7,252 yards (6,631 m)[1]
Field130 players
70 after 1st cut
45 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut155 (+11) (1st cut)
228 (+12) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund£20,000[1]
Winner's share£3,000
$7,200
Champion
South Africa Gary Player
289 (+1)
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Carnoustie is located in Scotland
Carnoustie
Carnoustie
Location in Scotland
Carnoustie is located in Angus
Carnoustie
Carnoustie
Location in Angus, Scotland

This Open introduced the second cut at 54 holes, used through 1985. In addition, starting with this Championship all past Open champions were exempt from qualifying (though, eventually, an age restriction was placed on past champions).

The inaugural Greater Milwaukee Open was held in the United States during the same week, with a first prize of $40,000, over five times the winner's share of the Open Championship, which was $7,200 (£3,000).

The PGA Championship was played the next week in San Antonio, Texas, the fifth and final time in the 1960s that these two majors were played in consecutive weeks in July. The PGA Championship moved permanently to August in 1969 (except 1971, when it was played in late February) and remained there until 2019, when it moved to May between The Masters and U.S. Open.

CourseEdit

Carnoustie Golf Links - Championship Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Cup 406 4 10 South America 446 4
2 Gulley 468 4 11 Dyke 370 4
3 Jockie's Burn 343 4 12 Southward Ho 473 4
4 Hillocks 429 4 13 Whins 168 3
5 Brae 389 4 14 Spectacles 485 5
6 Long 565 5 15 Lucky Slap 460 4
7 Plantation 386 4 16 Barry Burn 243 3
8 Short 163 3 17 Island 458 4
9 Railway 475 4 18 Home 525 5
Out 3,624 36 In 3,628 36
  Total 7,252 72

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made both cutsEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Gary Player   South Africa 1959 74 71 71 73 289 +1 1
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1966 76 69 73 73 291 +3 T2
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 72 72 71 76 291 +3 T2
Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 1967 77 72 74 74 297 +9 T10
Arnold Palmer   United States 1961, 1962 77 71 72 77 297 +9 T10
Kel Nagle   Australia 1960 74 75 75 74 298 +10 T13
Peter Thomson   Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
77 71 78 75 301 +13 T24

Missed the first cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Max Faulkner   England 1951 74 82 156 +12
Dick Burton   England 1939 88 84 172 +28

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Wednesday, 10 July 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Brian Barnes   Scotland 70 −2
Michael Bonallack (a)   England
T3 Maurice Bembridge   England 71 −1
Peter Mills   England
T5 Billy Casper   United States 72 E
Bob Charles   New Zealand
Tony Jacklin   England
Paddy Skerritt   Ireland
T9 Peter Alliss   England 73 +1
Billy Casper   United States
Sebastián Miguel   Spain
Sandy Wilson   Scotland

Second roundEdit

Thursday, 11 July 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Billy Casper   United States 72-68=140 −4
T2 Brian Barnes   Scotland 70-74=144 E
Bob Charles   New Zealand 72-72=144
Tony Jacklin   England 72-72=144
T5 Jack Nicklaus   United States 76-69=145 +1
Gary Player   South Africa 74-71=145
Paddy Skerritt   Ireland 72-73=145
T8 Maurice Bembridge   England 71-75=146 +2
Dave Thomas   Wales 75-71=146
T10 Harry Bannerman   Scotland 74-73=147 +3
Michael Bonallack (a)   England 70-77=147
Gay Brewer   United States 74-73=147
Brian Huggett   Wales 76-71=147
Peter Mills   England 71-76=147

Amateurs: Bonallack (+3), Monguzzi (+8), O'Connor (+12), Sweeny Jr (+12), Shade (+13), Oosterhuis (+16), Saddler (+16).

Third roundEdit

Friday, 13 July 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Billy Casper   United States 72-68-74=214 −2
2 Bob Charles   New Zealand 72-72-71=215 −1
3 Gary Player   South Africa 74-71-71=216 E
4 Jack Nicklaus   United States 76-69-73=218 +2
T5 Maurice Bembridge   England 71-75-73=219 +3
Gay Brewer   United States 74-73-72=219
Tony Jacklin   England 72-72-75=219
8 Arnold Palmer   United States 77-71-72=220 +4
9 Michael Bonallack (a)   England 70-77-74=221 +5
T10 Neil Coles   England 75-76-71=222 +6
Bruce Devlin   Australia 77-73-72=222
Brian Huggett   Wales 76-71-75=222
Paddy Skerritt   Ireland 72-73-77=222

Amateurs: Bonallack (+5), Monguzzi (+18).

Final roundEdit

Saturday, 13 July 1968

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Gary Player   South Africa 74-71-71-73=289 +1 3,000
T2 Bob Charles   New Zealand 72-72-71-76=291 +3 1,738
Jack Nicklaus   United States 76-69-73-73=291
4 Billy Casper   United States 72-68-74-78=292 +4 1,225
5 Maurice Bembridge   England 71-75-73-74=293 +5 1,000
T6 Brian Barnes   Scotland 70-74-80-71=295 +7 658
Gay Brewer   United States 74-73-72-76=295
Neil Coles   England 75-76-71-73=295
9 Al Balding   Canada 74-76-74-72=296 +8 475
T10 Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 77-72-74-74=297 +9 402
Bruce Devlin   Australia 77-73-72-75=297
Arnold Palmer   United States 77-71-72-77=297

Amateurs: Bonallack (+12).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 68, 203–8. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  2. ^ Brown, Gwilym S . (22 July 1968). "A sweet win on a sour links". Sports Illustrated. p. 20.

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