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The 1974 Open Championship was the 103rd Open Championship, held from 10–13 July at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. Gary Player won his third Open Championship, four strokes ahead of runner-up Peter Oosterhuis.[2][3] It was the eighth of his nine major titles and second of the year; he won the Masters in April.[4] In the other two majors in 1974, the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, Player had top ten finishes.

1974 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates10–13 July 1974
LocationLancashire, England
Course(s)Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71[1]
Length6,822 yards (6,238 m)[1]
Field154 players
81 after 1st cut
60 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut156 (+14) (1st cut)
231 (+18) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund£50,000[1]
$120,000
Winner's share£5,500[1]
$13,200
Champion
South Africa Gary Player
282 (−2)
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Lytham & St Annes is located in England
Lytham & St Annes
Lytham &
St Annes
Location in England
Lytham & St Annes is located in Lancashire
Lytham & St Annes
Lytham &
St Annes
Location in Lancashire. England

The use of the larger "American ball" (diameter 1.68 in, 42.67 mm) was made compulsory. In previous Opens, players could use the smaller "British ball" (1.62 in, 41.15 mm).[5][6][7]

Contents

Course layoutEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 206 436 458 393 212 486 551 394 162 3,298 334 542 201 339 445 468 356 453 386 3,524 6,822
Par 3 4 4 4 3 5 5 4 3 35 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 36 71

Source:[8]
Previous lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):[1]

  • 1969: 6,848 yards (6,262 m)
  • 1963: 6,836 yards (6,251 m)
  • 1958: 6,635 yards (6,067 m)
  • 1952: 6,657 yards (6,087 m)

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, 1968 69 68 75 70 282 −2 1
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1966, 1970 74 72 70 71 287 +3 3
Tom Weiskopf   United States 1973 72 72 74 75 293 +9 T7
Tony Jacklin   England 1969 74 77 71 75 297 +13 T18
Lee Trevino   United States 1971, 1972 79 70 78 74 301 +17 T31
Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 1967 80 74 77 76 307 +23 T51

Missed the second cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Max Faulkner   England 1951 78 77 79 234 +21
Kel Nagle   Australia 1960 78 78 83 239 +26

Missed the first cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 78 79 157 +15
Peter Thomson   Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
79 81 160 +18
Bobby Locke   South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
81 86 167 +25
Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 1947 86 85 171 +29

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Wednesday, 10 July 1974

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 John Morgan   England 69 −2
Gary Player   South Africa
T3 Bobby Cole   South Africa 70 −1
Danny Edwards   United States
T5 Hubert Green   United States 71 E
John O'Leary   Ireland
Peter Oosterhuis   England
T8 David Chillas   Scotland 72 +1
Neil Coles   England
Lu Liang-Huan   Taiwan
Johnny Miller   United States
Tom Weiskopf   United States

Source:[9]

Second roundEdit

Thursday, 11 July 1974

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gary Player   South Africa 69-68=137 −5
T2 Bobby Cole   South Africa 70-72=142 E
Peter Oosterhuis   England 71-71=142
4 Danny Edwards   United States 70-73=143 +1
T5 Lu Liang-Huan   Taiwan 72-72=144 +2
John Morgan   England 69-75=144
Tom Weiskopf   United States 72-72=144
8 Hubert Green   United States 71-74=145 +3
T9 Al Geiberger   United States 76-70=146 +4
Noel Hunt   England 73-73=146
Jack Nicklaus   United States 74-72=146

Amateurs: Lyle (+10), James (+16), Clark (+21), Burch (+22), Homer (+23), Shaw (+31).

Third roundEdit

Friday, 12 July 1974

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gary Player   South Africa 69-68-75=212 −1
2 Peter Oosterhuis   England 71-71-73=215 +2
3 Jack Nicklaus   United States 74-72-70=216 +3
4 Hubert Green   United States 71-74-72=217 +4
T5 Bobby Cole   South Africa 70-72-76=218 +5
Tom Weiskopf   United States 72-72-74=218
T7 Danny Edwards   United States 70-73-76=219 +6
Lu Liang-Huan   Taiwan 72-72-75=219
T9 Johnny Miller   United States 72-75-73=220 +7
John Morgan   England 69-75-76=220

Source:[10]
Amateurs: Lyle (+23), James (+24).

Final roundEdit

Saturday, 13 July 1974

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Gary Player   South Africa 69-68-75-70=282 −2 5,500
2 Peter Oosterhuis   England 71-71-73-71=286 +2 4,000
3 Jack Nicklaus   United States 74-72-70-71=287 +3 3,250
4 Hubert Green   United States 71-74-72-71=288 +4 2,750
T5 Danny Edwards   United States 70-73-76-73=292 +8 2,300
Lu Liang-Huan   Taiwan 72-72-75-73=292
T7 Bobby Cole   South Africa 70-72-76-75=293 +9 1,717
Donald Swaelens   Belgium 77-73-74-69=293
Tom Weiskopf   United States 72-72-74-75=293
10 Johnny Miller   United States 72-75-73-74=294 +10 1,500

Source:[3][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 62, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Dan (22 July 1974). "Gary Player's Expo". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  3. ^ a b "Player wins Open, sets sights on Jack". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. 14 July 1974. p. 1B.
  4. ^ "Player determined to be No. 1". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 15 July 2012. p. 3, sec 2.
  5. ^ "R&A made bigger ball compulsory". The Times. 22 January 1974. p. 10.
  6. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (22 January 1974). "American-size ball compulsory in Open". Glasgow Herald. p. 4.
  7. ^ "Manufacturers criticize Open ball decision". Glasgow Herald. 23 January 1974. p. 4.
  8. ^ "Card of course". Glasgow Herald. 13 July 1974. p. 4.
  9. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (11 July 1974). "Unknown shares lead with Gary". Glasgow Herald. p. 4.
  10. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (13 July 1974). "Oosterhuis cuts the gap to three". Glasgow Herald. p. 4.
  11. ^ "1974 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 9 July 2012.

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