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The 1988 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 117th Open Championship, held from 14–18 July at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England. In a first-ever Monday finish, Seve Ballesteros shot a final round 65 to capture his third Open Championship and fifth major title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Nick Price, the 54-hole leader.[2]

1988 Open Championship
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Front cover of the 1988 Open Annual
Tournament information
Dates14–18 July 1988
LocationLytham St Annes, England
Course(s)Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71[1]
Length6,857 yards (6,270 m)[1]
Field153 players, 71 after cut[1]
Cut148 (+6)[1]
Prize fund£500,000
$750,000
Winner's share£80,000
$136,000
Champion
Spain Seve Ballesteros
273 (−11)
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Scheduled to finish on Sunday, heavy rain on Saturday caused flooding of several greens and the third round was scratched after play was started. Under European Tour rules, if less than half of the players had finished their rounds, the scores for that day were discarded. Since no player had finished, all the scores from Saturday were scrapped. Sunday was briefly scheduled for 36 holes, but due to the flooding, it was decided the course could not be readied in time for the early morning tee times. The third round was played on Sunday and the fourth on Monday, the first time in history the Open's final round finished on a Monday.[3][4][5]

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 206 437 457 393 212 490 549 394 164 3,302 334 542 198 342 445 463 357 462 412 3,555 6,857
Par 3 4 4 4 3 5 5 4 3 35 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 36 71

Source:[6]

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

  • 1979: 6,822 yards (6,238 m)
  • 1974: 6,822 yards (6,238 m)
  • 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 the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 1979, 1984 67 71 70 65 273 –11 1
Nick Faldo   England 1987 71 69 68 71 279 –5 3
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 1985 73 69 67 74 283 –1 T7
Bob Charles   New Zealand 1963 71 74 69 73 287 +3 T20
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1966, 1970, 1978 75 70 75 68 288 +4 T25
Tom Watson   United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982, 1983
74 72 72 72 290 +6 T28
Johnny Miller   United States 1976 75 73 72 75 295 +11 T52
Gary Player   South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 72 76 73 76 297 +13 T60

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Lee Trevino   United States 1971, 1972 75 74 149 +7
Tony Jacklin   England 1969 80 79 159 +17

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, 14 July 1988

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 67 −4
T2 Brad Faxon   United States 69 −2
Wayne Grady   Australia
T4 Don Pooley   United States 70 −1
Nick Price   Zimbabwe
Noel Ratcliffe   Australia
Peter Senior   Australia
T8 Andy Bean   United States 71 E
Bob Charles   New Zealand
Howard Clark   England
Nick Faldo   England
David Frost   South Africa
Jay Haas   United States
Mark James   England
Gary Koch   United States
David J Russell   England
Andrew Sherborne   England
Bob Tway   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, 15 July 1988

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 70-67=137 −5
2 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 67-71=138 −4
T3 Nick Faldo   England 71-69=140 −2
Craig Stadler   United States 72-68=140
5 Andy Bean   United States 71-70=141 −1
T6 Fred Couples   United States 73-69=142 E
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 73-69=142
Bob Tway   United States 71-71=142
T9 Isao Aoki   Japan 72-71=143 +1
Chip Beck   United States 72-71=143
Howard Clark   England 71-72=143
Brad Faxon   United States 69=74=143
Gary Koch   United States 71-72=143
Don Pooley   United States 70-73=143
Wayne Riley   Australia 72-71=143
Eduardo Romero   Argentina 72-71=143
Peter Senior   Australia 70-73=143
Andrew Sherborne   England 71-72=143

Amateurs: Broadhurst (+4), Cook (+11), Foster (+11), Hardin (+12), Nash (+12), Rymer (+18), Prosser (+21).

Third roundEdit

Sunday, 17 July 1988

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 70-67-69=206 −7
T2 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 67-71-70=208 −5
Nick Faldo   England 71-69-68=208
4 Sandy Lyle   Scotland 73-69-67=209 −4
T5 Andy Bean   United States 71-70-71=212 −1
Larry Nelson   United States 73-71-68=212
Don Pooley   United States 70-73-69=212
Eduardo Romero   Argentina 72-71-69=212
T9 Fred Couples   United States 73-69-71=213 E
Brad Faxon   United States 69-74-70=213
Gary Koch   United States 71-72-70=213
Peter Senior   Australia 70-73-70=213

Final roundEdit

Monday, 18 July 1988

Place Player Country Score To par Money {£)
1 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 67-71-70-65=273 −11 80,000
2 Nick Price   Zimbabwe 70-67-69-69=275 −9 60,000
3 Nick Faldo   England 71-69-68-71=279 −5 47,000
T4 Fred Couples   United States 73-69-71-68=281 −3 33,500
Gary Koch   United States 71-72-70-68=281
6 Peter Senior   Australia 70-73-70-69=282 −2 27,000
T7 Isao Aoki   Japan 72-71-73-67=283 −1 21,000
David Frost   South Africa 71-75-69-68=283
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 73-69-67-74=283
Payne Stewart   United States 73-75-68-67=283

Amateurs: Broadhurst (+12).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 44, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. ^ Diaz, Jaime (25 July 1988). "Mano a mano on the links". Sports Illustrated.
  3. ^ Bonk, Thomas (17 July 1988). "Rain washes out play at third round of British Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Los Angeles Times). p. 1F.
  4. ^ "British Open rain burns Green". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. 17 July 1988. p. D1.
  5. ^ Pye, Steven (16 July 2015). "How Seve Ballesteros won his last major championship at the Open in 1988". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  6. ^ Platts, Mitchell (11 July 2011). "Focus on the 130th Open Championship". European Tour. Retrieved 29 June 2012.

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