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The 1970 Open Championship was the 99th Open Championship, played 8–12 July at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. Jack Nicklaus won the second of his three Opens in an 18-hole Sunday playoff over Doug Sanders, 72 to 73.[2][3][4] In gusty winds during the fourth round on Saturday, Sanders saved par from the Road Hole bunker and led by one heading to the 72nd hole. After a lengthy drive on the short par-4, he took four shots from just 74 yards (68 m) and missed a downhill putt for par from three feet to win.[5][6]

1970 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates8–12 July 1970
LocationSt Andrews, Scotland
Course(s)Old Course at St Andrews
Statistics
Par72[1]
Length6,951 yards (6,356 m)[1]
Field134 players
80 after 1st cut
57 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut149 (+5) (1st cut)
223 (+7) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund40,000
$96,000
Winner's share₤5,250
$12,600
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
283 (−5), playoff
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St Andrews  is located in Scotland
St Andrews 
St Andrews 
Location in Scotland
St Andrews  is located in Fife
St Andrews 
St Andrews 
Location in Fife, Scotland

This was the first playoff at The Open since 1963 and the first at 18 holes. The previous playoffs were 36 holes on Saturday. Prior to 1966, the final two rounds of The Open were played on Friday. The playoff format was changed again to the four-hole aggregate after the 1985 Open, first used in 1989.

An thunderstorm late in the opening round on Wednesday evening caused a suspension in play;[7] it was competed early the next day.[8]

Contents

CourseEdit

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Burn 374 4 10 Tenth ^ 338 4
2 Dyke 411 4 11 High (In) 170 3
3 Cartgate (Out) 405 4 12 Heathery (In) 312 4
4 Ginger Beer 470 4 13 Hole O'Cross (In) 427 4
5 Hole O'Cross (Out) 567 5 14 Long 560 5
6 Heathery (Out) 414 4 15 Cartgate (In) 413 4
7 High (Out) 364 4 16 Corner of the Dyke 380 4
8 Short 163 3 17 Road 466 5
9 End 359 4 18 Tom Morris 358 4
Out 3,527 36 In 3,424 36
Source:[9] Total 6,951 72

^ The 10th hole was posthumously named for Bobby Jones in 1972

Previous lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):[1]

  • 6,926 yards (6,333 m) - 1964
  • 6,936 yards (6,342 m) - 1960, 1955

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made both cutsEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1966 68 69 73 73 283 −5 1
Tony Jacklin   England 1969 67 70 72 77 286 −2 5
Peter Thomson   Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
68 74 73 74 289 +1 T9
Arnold Palmer   United States 1961, 1962 68 72 76 74 290 +2 12
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 72 73 73 74 292 +4 T13
Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 1967 71 76 71 75 293 +5 T17
Kel Nagle   Australia 1960 71 74 73 79 297 +9 T32

Missed the second cutEdit

Player Country Years won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968 74 75 75 224 +8

Missed the first cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Max Faulkner   England 1951 74 76 150 +6
Bobby Locke   South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
77 81 158 +14
Denny Shute   United States 1933 82 78 160 +16
Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 1947 80 85 165 +21
Gene Sarazen   United States 1932 81 85 166 +22

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Wednesday, 8 July 1970
Thursday, 9 July 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Neil Coles   England 65 −7
2 Tommy Horton   England 66 −6
T3 Maurice Bembridge   England 67 −5
Harold Henning   South Africa
Tony Jacklin   England
Florentino Molina   Argentina
John Richardson   Scotland
T8 Tommy Aaron   United States 68 −4
Brian Huggett   Wales
Jack Nicklaus   United States
Arnold Palmer   United States
Doug Sanders   United States
Peter Thomson   Australia
Lee Trevino   United States
Guy Wolstenholme   England

Source:[1][7]

Second roundEdit

Thursday, 9 July 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Trevino   United States 68-68=136 −8
T2 Tony Jacklin   England 67-70=137 −7
Jack Nicklaus   United States 68-69=137
T4 Clive Clark   England 69-70=139 −5
Neil Coles   England 65-74=139
Harold Henning   South Africa 67-72=139
Tommy Horton   England 66-73=139
John Richardson   Scotland 67-72=139
Doug Sanders   United States 68-71=139
T10 Christy O'Connor Snr   Ireland 72-68=140 −4
Arnold Palmer   United States 68-72=140

Source:[1][8]
Amateurs: Melnyk (-1), Bonallack (+1), Humphreys (+2), George (+2), Webster (+5),
MacDonald (+7), Berry (+8), Steel (+10), Mosey (+11), Sumner (+11), Sweeny Jr (+11), Farmer (+14)

Third roundEdit

Friday, 10 July 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Trevino   United States 68-68-72=208 −8
T2 Tony Jacklin   England 67-70-73=210 −6
Jack Nicklaus   United States 68-69-73=210
Doug Sanders   United States 68-71-71=210
T5 Neil Coles   England 65-74-72=211 −5
Peter Oosterhuis   England 73-69-69=211
7 Harold Henning   South Africa 67-72-73=212 −4
T8 Tommy Horton   England 66-73-75=214 −2
Hugh Jackson   Northern Ireland 69-72-73=214
Christy O'Connor Snr   Ireland 72-68-74=214

Source:[1][10]
Amateurs: Melnyk (+3), Humphreys (+6), Bonallack (+8), George (+9), Webster (+11)

Final roundEdit

Saturday, 11 July 1970

Place Player Country Score To par Money ()
T1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 68-69-73-73=283 −5 Playoff
Doug Sanders   United States 68-71-71-73=283
T3 Harold Henning   South Africa 67-72-73-73=285 −3 2,750
Lee Trevino   United States 68-68-72-77=285
5 Tony Jacklin   England 67-70-73-76=286 −2 2,200
T6 Neil Coles   England 65-74-72-76=287 −1 1,750
Peter Oosterhuis   England 73-69-69-76=287
8 Hugh Jackson   Northern Ireland 69-72-73-74=288 E 1,400
T9 Tommy Horton   England 66-73-75-75=289 +1 1,200
John Panton   Scotland 72-73-73-71=289
Peter Thomson   Australia 68-74-73-74=289

Source:[1][3][11]
Amateurs: Melnyk (+10), Humphreys (+13)

PlayoffEdit

Sunday, 12 July 1970

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 72 E 5,250
2 Doug Sanders   United States 73 +1 3,750

Source:[3]

 
Jack Nicklaus

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 52, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Sanders loses by one stroke". Glasgow Herald. 13 July 1970. p. 1.
  3. ^ a b c Jacobs, Raymond (13 July 1970). "Nicklaus regains Open title despite Sanders's late fightback". Glasgow Herald. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Nicklaus tops Sanders, wins British title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. 13 July 1970. p. 3B.
  5. ^ "Sanders, Nicklaus tie for golf title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. 12 July 1970. p. 4B.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Dan (20 July 1970). "Virtue in the Valley of Sin". Sports Illustrated. p. 12.
  7. ^ a b Jacobs, Raymond (9 July 1970). "Jacklin eight under par in Open when storm stops play". Glasgow Herald. p. 6.
  8. ^ a b Jacobs, Raymond (10 July 1970). "Trevino leads by one stroke from Jacklin and Nicklaus". Glasgow Herald. p. 6.
  9. ^ "Card of the course". Glasgow Herald. 8 July 1970. p. 6.
  10. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (11 July 1970). "Trevino increases lead but Open championship still in balance". Glasgow Herald. p. 4.
  11. ^ "1970 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 8 July 2012.

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