1978 Open Championship

The 1978 Open Championship was the 107th Open Championship, held 12–15 July over the Old Course at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Jack Nicklaus won his third and final Open championship, two strokes ahead of runners-up Ben Crenshaw, Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite, and Simon Owen.[3] It was the fifteenth of his eighteen major championships and marked the completion of his third career grand slam.[4][5]

1978 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates12–15 July 1978
LocationSt Andrews, Scotland
Course(s)Old Course at St Andrews
Organized byThe R&A
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72[1]
Length6,933 yards (6,340 m)[1][2]
Field155 players
80 after 1st cut
64 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut148 (+4) (1st cut)
222 (+6) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund£125,000
$237,500
Winner's share£12,500
$23,750
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
281 (−7)
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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

Defending champion Tom Watson was a co-leader after 54 holes,[6][7] but four consecutive bogeys on the front nine led to a 76 (+4). Watson finished six strokes back in a tie for fourteenth place.[4][5][8]

CourseEdit

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Burn 370 4 10 Bobby Jones 342 4
2 Dyke 411 4 11 High (In) 172 3
3 Cartgate (Out) 371 4 12 Heathery (In) 316 4
4 Ginger Beer 463 4 13 Hole O'Cross (In) 425 4
5 Hole O'Cross (Out) 564 5 14 Long 567 5
6 Heathery (Out) 416 4 15 Cartgate (In) 413 4
7 High (Out) 372 4 16 Corner of the Dyke 382 4
8 Short 178 3 17 Road 461 4
9 End 356 4 18 Tom Morris 354 4
Out 3,501 36 In 3,432 36
Source:[2] Total 6,933 72

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

  • 6,957 yards (6,361 m) - 1970:
  • 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, 1970 71 72 69 69 281 –7 1
Tom Watson   United States 1975, 1977 73 68 70 76 287 –1 T14
Tom Weiskopf   United States 1973 69 72 72 75 288 E T17
Peter Thomson   Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
72 70 72 76 290 +2 T24
Lee Trevino   United States 1971, 1972 75 72 73 71 291 +3 T29
Arnold Palmer   United States 1961, 1962 71 71 75 75 292 +4 T34
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 74 71 76 71 292 +4 T34
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 73 70 79 73 295 +7 T48

Source:[1][5]

Missed the first cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Tony Jacklin   England 1969 75 74 149 +5
Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 1967 72 78 150 +6
Johnny Miller   United States 1976 73 77 150 +6
Kel Nagle   Australia 1960 76 83 159 +15
Bobby Locke   South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
83 80 163 +19

Source:[1][9]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Wednesday, 12 July 1978

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Isao Aoki   Japan 68 −4
T2 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 69 −3
Raymond Floyd   United States
Jack Newton   Australia
Tom Weiskopf   United States
T6 Howard Clark   England 70 −2
Ben Crenshaw   United States
Mark Hayes   United States
Carl Mason   England
Mike Miller (a)   Scotland
Tsuneyuki Nakajima   Japan
Simon Owen   New Zealand

Source:[1]

Second roundEdit

Thursday, 13 July 1978
Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Isao Aoki   Japan 68-71=139 −5
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 69-70=139
Ben Crenshaw   United States 70-69=139
T4 Gary Cullen   England 73-67=140 −4
Bob Shearer   Australia 71-69=139
T6 Bob Byman   United States 72-69=141 −3
Tom Kite   United States 72-69=141
Tsuneyuki Nakajima   Japan 70-71=141
Masashi Ozaki   Japan 72-69=141
Tom Watson   United States 73-68=141
Tom Weiskopf   United States 69-72=141

Source:[1][9][10]

Amateurs: Miller (E), Brodie (+1), McEvoy (+1), Godwin (+3),
                 Gallagher (+6), Kuramoto (+6), Lewis (+8), Webster (+9),
                 Hedges (+11), Fish, (+14), McLachlan (+14), Turner (+14), Walters (+18).

Third roundEdit

Friday, 14 July 1978

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Peter Oosterhuis   England 72-70-69=211 −5
Tom Watson   United States 73-68-70=211
T3 Simon Owen   New Zealand 70-75-67=212 −4
Jack Nicklaus   United States 71-72-69=212
Ben Crenshaw   United States 70-69-73=212
Isao Aoki   Japan 68-71-73=212
T7 Nick Faldo   England 71-72-70=213 −3
John Schroeder   United States 74-69-70=213
Tom Kite   United States 72-69-72=213
Tom Weiskopf   United States 69-72-72=213

Source:[6][7]

Amateurs: Miller (+2), Brodie (+4), McEvoy (+5), Godwin (+6).

Final roundEdit

Saturday, 15 July 1978

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 71-72-69-69=281 −7 12,500
T2 Raymond Floyd   United States 69-75-71-68=283 −5 7,255
Tom Kite   United States 72-69-72-70=283
Ben Crenshaw   United States 70-69-73-71=283
Simon Owen   New Zealand 70-75-67-71=283
6 Peter Oosterhuis   England 72-70-69-73=284 −4 4,960
T7 Bob Shearer   Australia 71-69-74-71=285 −3 3,905
Nick Faldo   England 71-72-70-72=285
John Schroeder   United States 74-69-70-72=285
Isao Aoki   Japan 68-71-73-73=285

Amateurs: McEvoy (+5), Miller (+6), Brodie (+7), Godwin (+10).

Source:[1][5][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 58, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "St. Andrews–decoding British Open course". Chicago Tribune. UPI. 12 July 1978. p. 2, sec. 6.
  3. ^ Lupica, Mike (16 July 1978). "Nicklaus at his best for British win". Chicago Tribune. (New York News). p. 1, sec. 3.
  4. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (24 July 1978). "A Bonny Victory". Sports Illustrated. p. 14.
  5. ^ a b c d Jacobs, Raymond (17 July 1978). "Jack Nicklaus - a superstar reborn". Glasgow Herald. p. 14.
  6. ^ a b Jacobs, Raymond (15 July 1978). "Oosterhuis and Watson head for fascinating duel". Glasgow Herald. p. 16.
  7. ^ a b "Watson shares lead; Nicklaus shot back". Chicago Tribune. wire services. 15 July 1978. p. 3, sec. 2.
  8. ^ "Nicklaus caresses Old Course, captures Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. 16 July 1978. p. 2B.
  9. ^ a b "Open golf qualifiers". Glasgow Herald. 14 July 1978. p. 21.
  10. ^ "Scoreboard: Golf". Chicago Tribune. 14 July 1978. p. 6, sec. 5.
  11. ^ "1978 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012.

External linksEdit

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