1972 Open Championship

The 1972 Open Championship was the 101st Open Championship, held 12–15 July at Muirfield Golf Links in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Lee Trevino won his second straight Claret Jug, the first to successfully defend his title since Arnold Palmer in 1962. Trevino finished one stroke ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus, ending his bid for the Grand Slam. Nicklaus had won the first two majors in 1972 and was the odds-on favorite at Muirfield, where he won his first Open in 1966. He also held the PGA Championship title from February 1971; a win at Muirfield and he would become the first to hold all four major titles at once.

1972 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates12–15 July 1972
LocationGullane, Scotland
Course(s)Muirfield Golf Links
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71[1]
Length6,892 yards (6,302 m)[1]
Field153 players
88 after 1st cut
64 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut152 (+10) (1st cut)
225 (+12) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund£50,000
$125,000
Winner's share£5,500
$13,750
Champion
United States Lee Trevino
278 (−6)
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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

Six strokes back at even-par after 54 holes, Nicklaus shot a final round 66 (−5) on Saturday to tie the course record, but played the final three holes at one-over par. Trevino posted his own 66 in the third round and held on with an even-par 71, which included a chip-in for par at 17, to gain the fourth of his six major titles.[2][3]

It was the third of four times that Nicklaus was a runner-up to Trevino in a major championship.

Trevino's win concluded a stretch where American-born golfers won eight consecutive major championship. This is the fourth-longest stretch in history for American-born golfers after stretches that ended at the 1930 Open Championship, 1947 U.S. Open, and the 1977 PGA Championship.

Thirty years later, Tiger Woods became the first since Nicklaus to win the first two major tournaments of the year. His bid for a Grand Slam in 2002 also ended at Muirfield.

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made both cutsEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Lee Trevino   United States 1971 71 70 66 71 278 −6 1
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1966, 1970 70 72 71 66 279 −5 2
Tony Jacklin   England 1969 69 72 67 72 280 −4 3
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968 71 71 76 67 285 +1 6
Arnold Palmer   United States 1961, 1962 73 73 69 71 286 +2 T7
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 75 70 74 70 289 +5 T15
Kel Nagle   Australia 1960 79 72 74 69 294 +10 T31
Peter Thomson   Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
71 72 74 77 294 +10 T31

Missed the first cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Max Faulkner   England 1951 78 78 156 +14
Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 1947 77 83 160 +18
Bobby Locke   South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
79 81 160 +18

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Wednesday, 12 July 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Peter Tupling   England 68 −3
2 Tony Jacklin   England 69 −2
T3 Frank Beard   United States 70 −1
Craig Defoy   Wales
Dave Marr   United States
Jack Nicklaus   United States
Peter Townsend   England
T8 Brian Barnes   Scotland 71 E
John Garner   England
Antonio Garrido   Spain
Gary Player   South Africa
Doug Sanders   United States
Peter Thomson   Australia
Lee Trevino   United States

Second roundEdit

Thursday, 13 July 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Tony Jacklin   England 69-72=141 −1
Lee Trevino   United States 71-70=141
T3 John Garner   England 71-71=142 E
Johnny Miller   United States 76-66=142
Jack Nicklaus   United States 70-72=142
Gary Player   South Africa 71-71=142
Doug Sanders   United States 71-71=142
Peter Townsend   England 70-72=142
Peter Tupling   England 68-74=142
T10 Brian Barnes   Scotland 71-72=143 +1
Clive Clark   England 72-71=143
Peter Thomson   Australia 71-72=143

Amateurs: Foster (+7), Mosey (+8), Revell (+9), Stephen (+9), Campbell (+11), Homer (+11), Gradwell (+13), Elson (+14), Bonallack (+15), Clark (+15), Berry (+19), Gray (+20).

Third roundEdit

Friday, 14 July 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Trevino   United States 71-70-66=207 −6
2 Tony Jacklin   England 69-72-67=208 −5
3 Doug Sanders   United States 71-71-69=211 −2
4 Brian Barnes   Scotland 71-72-69=212 −1
5 Jack Nicklaus   United States 70-72-71=213 E
T6 Guy Hunt   England 75-72-67=214 +1
Johnny Miller   United States 76-66-72=214
T8 Dave Marr   United States 70-74-71=215 +2
Arnold Palmer   United States 73-73-69=215
Peter Tupling   England 68-74-73=215

Amateurs: Foster (+14), Mosey (+14), Stephen (+14), Revell (+15).

Final roundEdit

Saturday, 15 July 1972

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Lee Trevino   United States 71-70-66-71=278 −6 5,500
2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 70-72-71-66=279 −5 4,000
3 Tony Jacklin   England 69-72-67-72=280 −4 3,250
4 Doug Sanders   United States 71-71-69-70=281 −3 2,750
5 Brian Barnes   Scotland 71-72-69-71=283 −1 2,450
6 Gary Player   South Africa 71-71-76-67=285 +1 2,150
T7 Guy Hunt   England 75-72-67-72=286 +2 1,663
Arnold Palmer   United States 73-73-69-71=286
David Vaughan   England 74-73-70-69=286
Tom Weiskopf   United States 73-74-70-69=286

Source:[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 64, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Nicklaus' bid falls one stroke short". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. 16 July 1972. p. D1.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (24 July 1972). "Slamming the door on Jack". Sports Illustrated. p. 8.
  4. ^ "1972 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  5. ^ "British Open scores". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. 16 July 1972. p. D4.

External linksEdit

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