1978 Open Championship

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1978 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 12–15 July 1978
Location St Andrews, Scotland
Course(s) Old Course at St Andrews
Organized by The R&A
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 6,933 yards (6,340 m)[1][2]
Field 155 players
80 after 1st cut
64 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut 148 (+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

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]

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]

Course[edit]

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 field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

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 cut[edit]

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 summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

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 round[edit]

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 round[edit]

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 round[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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 links[edit]

Coordinates: 56°20′35″N 2°48′11″W / 56.343°N 2.803°W / 56.343; -2.803