1980 Open Championship

The 1980 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 109th Open Championship, held from 17–20 July at Muirfield Golf Links in Gullane, Scotland. Tom Watson won his third Open Championship, four strokes ahead of runner-up Lee Trevino.[2][3] It was the fourth of Watson's eight major titles; he won two additional Opens in 1982 and 1983. It was Watson's first win in a major in three years.[4]

1980 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates17–20 July 1980
LocationGullane, Scotland
Course(s)Muirfield
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71[1]
Length6,926 yards (6,333 m)[1]
Field151 players
87 after 1st cut
65 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut149 (+7) (1st cut)
219 (+6) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund£200,000
$480,000
Winner's share£25,000
$60,000
Champion
United States Tom Watson
271 (–13)
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Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland

Trevino, 40, had won the last Open played at Muirfield in 1972, successfully defending his 1971 title and ending the grand slam bid of Jack Nicklaus.[5] Nicklaus, also 40, tied for fourth. He won at Muirfield in 1966 and was runner-up by a stroke in 1972.

This was the first Open scheduled to end on a Sunday, with a Thursday start. The Open previously began on Wednesday and ended on Saturday. Prior to 1966, the final two rounds were scheduled for Friday.

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made both cutsEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tom Watson   United States 1975, 1977 68 70 64 69 271 –13 1
Lee Trevino   United States 1971, 1972 68 67 71 69 275 –9 2
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1966, 1970, 1978 73 67 71 69 280 –4 T4
Tom Weiskopf   United States 1973 72 72 71 70 285 +1 T16
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 1979 72 68 72 74 286 +2 T19
Tony Jacklin   England 1969 72 74 71 73 290 +6 T32
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 75 71 73 76 295 +11 T60

Missed the second cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Johnny Miller   United States 1976 77 70 73 220 +7
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 77 71 72 220 +7

Missed the first cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Arnold Palmer   United States 1961, 1962 76 74 150 +8

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, 17 July 1980

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Lee Trevino   United States 68 –3
Tom Watson   United States
T3 Nick Faldo   England 69 –2
Vicente Fernández   Argentina
Mark James   England
Jack Newton   Australia
Glenn Ralph   England
T8 Ken Brown   Scotland 70 –1
Ben Crenshaw   United States
Mark Hayes   United States
Sandy Lyle   Scotland
Gil Morgan   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, 18 July 1980

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Trevino   United States 68-67=135 –7
T2 Ken Brown   Scotland 70-68=138 –4
Jerry Pate   United States 71-67=138
Tom Watson   United States 68-70=138
T5 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 72-68=140 –2
Andy Bean   United States 71-69=140
Ben Crenshaw   United States 70-70=140
Gil Morgan   United States 70-70=140
Jack Newton   Australia 69-71=140
Jack Nicklaus   United States 73-67=140

Amateurs: Sigel (+2), Rafferty (+9), McLean (+10), Mitchell (+10), Evans (+11), Gallagher (+12), Way (+12), Boxall (+13), McEvoy (+13), Deeble (+14), McCathie (+17), Hay (+19)

Third roundEdit

Saturday, 19 July 1980

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Watson   United States 68-70-64=202 –11
T2 Ken Brown   Scotland 70-68-68=206 –7
Lee Trevino   United States 68-67-71=206
4 Ben Crenshaw   United States 70-70-68=208 –5
T5 Andy Bean   United States 71-69-70=210 –3
Hubert Green   United States 77-69-64=210
T7 Isao Aoki   Japan 74-74-63=211 –2
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 70-71-70=211
Carl Mason   England 72-69-70=211
Gil Morgan   United States 70-70-71=211
Jack Nicklaus   United States 73-67-71=211
Craig Stadler   United States 72-70-69=211

Amateurs: Sigel (+5)

Final roundEdit

Sunday, 20 July 1980

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Tom Watson   United States 68-70-64-69=271 –13 25,000
2 Lee Trevino   United States 68-67-71-69=275 –9 17,500
3 Ben Crenshaw   United States 70-70-68-69=277 –7 13,500
T4 Carl Mason   England 72-69-70-69=280 –4 9,250
Jack Nicklaus   United States 73-67-71-69=280
T6 Andy Bean   United States 71-69-70-72=282 –2 7,250
Ken Brown   Scotland 70-68-68-76=282
Hubert Green   United States 77-69-64-72=282
Craig Stadler   United States 72-70-69-71=282
T10 Gil Morgan   United States 70-70-71-72=283 –1 5,750
Jack Newton   Australia 69-71-73-70=283

Amateurs: Sigel (+7)
Source:[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 56, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Watson wants the ones he hasn't won yet". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 21 July 1980. p. 1C.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (28 July 1980). "Elementary at least for Watson". Sports Illustrated. p. 22.
  4. ^ "It's Watson in waltz to British Open title". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. 21 July 1980. p. 1-part 2.
  5. ^ "Watson earns emotional win at Muirfield". Palm Beach Post. wire services. 21 July 1980. p. B3.
  6. ^ "1980 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 13 July 2012.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1980 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1980 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 56°02′35″N 2°49′23″W / 56.043°N 2.823°W / 56.043; -2.823