1976 Open Championship

The 1976 Open Championship was the 105th Open Championship, played 7–10 July at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. Johnny Miller won his only Open championship, six strokes ahead of runners-up Seve Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus. It was Miller's second and last major championship title; his first was the U.S. Open in 1973.[2][3][4]

1976 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates7–10 July 1976
LocationSouthport, England
Course(s)Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72[1]
Length7,001 yards (6,402 m)[1]
Field155 players
84 after 1st cut
66 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut152 (+8) (1st cut)
226 (+10) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund£75,000
$135,000
Winner's share£7,500
$13,500
Champion
United States Johnny Miller
279 (−9)
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 Royal Birkdale  Golf Club is located in Merseyside
 Royal Birkdale  Golf Club
 Royal Birkdale
 Golf Club
Location in Southport, Merseyside,
north of Liverpool, England

Ballesteros, age 19, was the 54-hole leader at 211 (−5), two strokes ahead of Miller.[5] In the final round, he was seven over par after twelve holes, which included a triple-bogey at the eleventh. Ballesteros rallied on the final six holes, with three birdies and an eagle, to tie Nicklaus for second place.

Defending champion Tom Watson carded an 80 (+8) in the third round for 227 (+11) and missed the second cut by a stroke. U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate was level par after two rounds, but also missed the second cut with an 87 for 231.[6] Masters winner Raymond Floyd finished in fourth at 286 (−2), a stroke behind Ballesteros and Nicklaus. The championship is also well remembered for the one and only appearance of Maurice Flitcroft who posed as a professional to gain entry and carded a record 121 for his first round before being banned by the R&A.[7]

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 74 70 72 69 285 −3 T2
Tom Weiskopf   United States 1973 73 72 76 71 292 +4 T17
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 72 72 79 71 294 +6 T28
Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 1967 77 71 76 72 296 +8 T32
Tony Jacklin   England 1969 73 77 76 72 298 +10 T42
Arnold Palmer   United States 1961, 1962 75 72 76 77 300 +12 T55

Source:[4]

Missed the second cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Tom Watson   United States 1975 75 72 80 227 +11
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 72 76 81 229 +13

Source:[6]

Missed the first cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Sam Snead   United States 1946 79 75 154 +10
Peter Thomson   Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
75 79 154 +10
Kel Nagle   Australia 1960 81 74 155 +11
Bobby Locke   South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
83 81 164 +20
Fred Daly   Northern Ireland 1947 86 89 175 +31
Gene Sarazen   United States 1932 WD

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Wednesday, 7 July 1976

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 69 −3
Christy O'Connor Jnr   Ireland
Norio Suzuki   Japan
T4 Brian Barnes   Scotland 70 −2
Tom Kite   United States
Jack Newton   Australia
T7 Bill Brask   United States 71 −1
John Fourie   South Africa
Graham Marsh   Australia
T10 Bob Charles   New Zealand 72 E
Jan Dorrestein   Netherlands
Hubert Green   United States
Johnny Miller   United States
Gary Player   South Africa

Second roundEdit

Thursday, 8 July 1976

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 69-69=138 −6
2 Johnny Miller   United States 72-68=140 −4
T3 Hubert Green   United States 72-70=142 −2
Christy O'Connor Jnr   Ireland 69-73=142
T5 Brian Barnes   Scotland 70-73=143 −1
Raymond Floyd   United States 76-67=143
Tommy Horton   England 74-69=143
T8 George Burns   United States 75-69=144 E
Carl Higgins   United States 77-67=144
Guy Hunt   Wales 76-68=144
Tom Kite   United States 70-74=144
Graham Marsh   Australia 71-73=144
Jack Newton   Australia 70-74=144
Jack Nicklaus   United States 74-70=144
Jerry Pate   United States 73-71=144
Gary Player   South Africa 72-72=144
Norio Suzuki   Japan 69-75=144

Amateurs: McEvoy (+12), Squires (+12), Powell (+14), Poxon (+14), McNally (+15), McLean (+17), Ridley (+22).

Third roundEdit

Friday, 9 July 1976

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 69-69-73=211 −5
2 Johnny Miller   United States 72-68-73=213 −3
3 Tommy Horton   England 74-69-72=215 −1
T4 Graham Marsh   Australia 71-73-72=216 E
Jack Nicklaus   United States 74-70-72=216
Raymond Floyd   United States 76-67-73=216
T7 Tom Kite   United States 70-74-73=217 +1
Christy O'Connor Jnr   Ireland 69-73-75=217
T9 Bobby Cole   South Africa 75-71-72=218 +2
Brian Barnes   Scotland 70-73-75=218

Source:[6]

Final roundEdit

Saturday, 10 July 1976

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Johnny Miller   United States 72-68-73-66=279 −9 7,500
T2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 74-70-72-69=285 −3 5,250
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 69-69-73-74=285
4 Raymond Floyd   United States 76-67-73-70=286 −2 3,800
T5 Mark James   England 76-72-74-66=288 E 2,820
Hubert Green   United States 72-70-78-68=288
Tom Kite   United States 70-74-73-71=288
Christy O'Connor Jnr   Ireland 69-73-75-71=288
Tommy Horton   England 74-69-72-73=288
T10 George Burns   United States 75-69-75-70=289 +1 1,975
Peter Butler   England 74-72-73-70=289
Vicente Fernández   Argentina 79-71-69-70=289
Norio Suzuki   Japan 69-75-75-70=289

Source:[4][8]

ScorecardEdit

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4; 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 5 5
  Miller −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −7 −7 −7 −7 −8 −9
  Ballesteros −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −2 −2 −1 −1 −2 +1 +2 +1 E E E −2 −3
  Nicklaus E E −1 −2 −2 E E E E E E +1 E 1 −1 −1 −2 −3
  Floyd E E E E −1 −2 −1 −1 E −1 −1 E −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

Source:[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 60, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Dan (19 July 1976). "At last, he's out of the crowd". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  3. ^ "Miller wins British Open". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. 11 July 1976. p. 1, sec. 3.
  4. ^ a b c d "Miller turns it into runaway". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. 11 July 1976. p. B1.
  5. ^ "Ballesteros is Bullish in British". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. 10 July 1976. p. 1, sec. 2.
  6. ^ a b c "Golf: British Open scores". Chicago Tribune. 10 July 1976. p. 2, sec. 2.
  7. ^ @ajcdeane (21 February 2021). "Maurice's memoirs remain tragically..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "1976 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012.

External linksEdit

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