1973 Open Championship

The 1973 Open Championship was the 102nd Open Championship, played 11–14 July at Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland. Tom Weiskopf won his only major championship by three strokes over runners-up Neil Coles and Johnny Miller, the winner of the U.S. Open a month earlier. Weiskopf was a wire-to-wire winner and his four-round total of 12-under-par 276 matched the then-existing Open Championship record set by Arnold Palmer on the very same course in 1962.[4]

1973 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates11–14 July 1973
LocationTroon, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Course(s)Troon Golf Club,
Old Course
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72[1]
Length7,064 yards (6,459 m)[1][2][3]
Field153 players
84 after 1st cut
60 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut152 (+8) (1st cut)
224 (+8) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund£50,000
$130,000
Winner's share£5,500
$14,300
Champion
United States Tom Weiskopf
276 (−12)
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Troon Golf Club is located in Scotland
Troon Golf Club
Troon Golf Club
Location in Scotland
Troon Golf Club is located in South Ayrshire
Troon Golf Club
Troon Golf Club

Gene Sarazen, 71, made a hole-in-one in the first round at the famous 8th hole, a 126-yard (115 m) par-3 named the "Postage Stamp," due to its small green.[5][6][7] Lee Trevino's bid for a third straight Open fell short, thirteen strokes back in a tie for tenth place.[8]

This was the course's last Open Championship under the name Troon Golf Club; it became Royal Troon Golf Club five years later in 1978,[9] and next hosted in 1982.

CourseEdit

Old Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Seal 362 4 10 Sandhills 437 4
2 Black Rock 391 4 11 The Railway 481 5
3 Gyaws 381 4 12 The Fox 432 4
4 Dunure 556 5 13 Burmah 468 4
5 Greenan 210 3 14 Alton 180 3
6 Turnberry 577 5 15 Crosbie 457 4
7 Tel-el-Kebir 389 4 16 Well 542 5
8 Postage Stamp 126 3 17 Rabbit 223 3
9 The Monk 427 4 18 Craigend 425 4
Out 3,419 36 In 3,645 36
Source:[1][2][3] Total 7,064 72

Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1950):[10]

  • 1962: 7,045 yards (6,442 m), par 72
  • 1950: 6,583 yards (6,019 m), par 70

Opens from 1962 through 1989 played the 11th hole as a par-5.

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, 1970 69 70 76 65 280 −8 4
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 73 71 73 71 288 E T7
Lee Trevino   United States 1971, 1972 75 73 73 68 289 +1 T10
Tony Jacklin   England 1969 75 73 72 70 290 +2 T14
Arnold Palmer   United States 1961, 1962 72 76 70 72 290 +2 T14
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968 76 69 76 69 290 +2 T14
Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 1967 72 75 74 72 293 +5 T28
Peter Thomson   Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
76 75 70 73 294 +6 T31
Kel Nagle   Australia 1960 74 76 73 73 296 +8 T39

Missed the first cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Max Faulkner   England 1951 78 75 153 +9
Gene Sarazen   United States 1932 79 81 160 +16
Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 1947 83 90 173 +29

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Wednesday, 11 July 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Weiskopf   United States 68 −4
T2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 69 −3
Bert Yancey   United States
4 Johnny Miller   United States 70 −2
T5 Peter Butler   England 71 −1
Neil Coles   England
Bruce Crampton   Australia
Lanny Wadkins   United States
Peter Wilcock   England
T10 Vin Baker   South Africa 72 E
Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina
Bruce Devlin   Australia
Arnold Palmer   United States
Chi-Chi Rodríguez   United States
David J Russell (a)   England

Second roundEdit

Thursday, 12 July 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Weiskopf   United States 68-67=135 −9
T2 Johnny Miller   United States 70-68=138 −6
Bert Yancey   United States 69-69=138
4 Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-70=139 −5
5 Christy O'Connor Snr   Ireland 73-68=141 −3
6 Bernard Gallacher   Scotland 73-69=142 −2
T7 Brian Barnes   Scotland 76-67=143 −1
Peter Butler   England 71-72=143
Neil Coles   England 71-72=143
T10 Bob Charles   New Zealand 73-71=144 E
Lanny Wadkins   United States 71-73=144

Amateurs: Edwards (+6), Homer (+7), Russell (+7), Foster (+8),
Stuart (+9), Milne (+10), Hedges (+13), Bonallack (+15), Sym (+15), Burch (+16), Eyles (+18), James (+24)

Third roundEdit

Friday, 13 July 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Weiskopf   United States 68-67-71=206 −10
2 Johnny Miller   United States 70-68-69=207 −9
3 Bert Yancey   United States 69-69-73=211 −5
T4 Brian Barnes   Scotland 76-67-70=213 −3
Neil Coles   England 71-72-70=213
6 Lanny Wadkins   United States 71-73-70=214 −2
T7 Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-70-76=215 −1
Christy O'Connor Snr   Ireland 73-68-74=215
9 Doug McClelland   England 76-71-69=216 E
T10 Peter Butler   England 71-72-74=217 +1
Bob Charles   New Zealand 73-71-73=217
Bernard Gallacher   Scotland 73-69-75=217

Amateurs: Edwards (+5), Foster (+10), Russell (+12), Homer (+16)

Final roundEdit

Saturday, 14 July 1973

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Tom Weiskopf   United States 68-67-71-70=276 −12 5,500
T2 Neil Coles   England 71-72-70-66=279 −9 3,625
Johnny Miller   United States 70-68-69-72=279
4 Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-70-76-65=280 −8 2,750
5 Bert Yancey   United States 69-69-73-70=281 −7 2,450
6 Peter Butler   England 71-72-74-69=286 −2 2,150
T7 Bob Charles   New Zealand 73-71-73-71=288 E 1,717
Christy O'Connor Snr   Ireland 73-68-74-73=288
Lanny Wadkins   United States 71-73-70-74=288
T10 Brian Barnes   Scotland 76-67-70-76=289 +1 1,350
Gay Brewer   United States 76-71-72-70=289
Harold Henning   South Africa 73-73-73-70=289
Lee Trevino   United States 75-73-73-68=289

Amateurs: Edwards (+8)
Source:[4][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 63, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Nicklaus favored in Open". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. 11 July 1973. p. 16.
  3. ^ a b "Course card". Glasgow Herald. Scotland. 12 July 1973. p. 4.
  4. ^ a b "Weiskopf arrives with British Open win". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. 15 July 1973. p. 1C.
  5. ^ "Postage Stamp, hole #8". Royal Troon Golf Club. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Gene Sarazen gets ace in British Open golf". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. 12 July 1973. p. 28.
  7. ^ Archer, Ian (12 July 1973). "Gene Sarazen gives Open Championship a touch of class". Glasgow Herald. Scotland. p. 4.
  8. ^ Jenkins, Dan (23 July 1973). "His first hurrah". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  9. ^ "Now it's Royal Troon". Glasgow Herald. Scotland. 5 June 1978. p. 16.
  10. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 33, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  11. ^ "1973 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 9 July 2012.

External linksEdit

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