1947 Open Championship

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1947 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 2–4 July 1947
Location Hoylake, England
Course(s) Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Organized by The R&A
Par 68[1][2]
Length 6,978 yards (6,381 m)[1]
Field 98, 39 after cut[3]
Cut 156 (+20)
Prize fund £1,000
Winner's share £150
Northern Ireland Fred Daly
293 (+21)
Hoylake is located in England
Location in England

The 1947 Open Championship was a major golf tournament played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. In the 76th Open Championship, Northern Ireland's Fred Daly became the first Irish winner of the Open Championship, one stroke ahead of runners-up Reg Horne and amateur Frank Stranahan.[4] It was Daly's only major title.

Henry Cotton and Laurie Ayton, Jnr shared the first round lead on Wednesday,[5] but in the second round both fell back with rounds of 78 and 80, respectively.[2] After 36 holes, Daly led at 143 (+7), four shots ahead of Cotton and Sam King.[6]

Daly had a poor third round on Friday morning, shooting 78 to fall into a tie for the lead with Cotton, Arthur Lees, and Norman Von Nida. There were a further nine players within three-strokes of the lead. Horne, who began two back, made the first move with a 35 on the front-nine. He took a pair of 5s at the 16th and 17th holes, however, and at the 18th his putt for a 3 lipped out and finished at 294. Daly began the round with a 38 (+4) on the front, but he recovered on the back and holed a birdie putt on the 18th to post 293. Cotton made the turn in 36 and needed a 35 on the back to tie Daly, but in the blustery wind this proved too difficult and he finished at 297. That left Stranahan as the last player on the course able to tie Daly. He reached the 17th needing to play the final two holes in 7, but a three-putt led to a 5 and saw him needing an improbable 2 on the last. He gave it a good shot, with his approach landing less than a foot (0.3 m) from the hole.

Par was set at 68 for the championship, which was the course record at the time. The course was regularly par 72 at 7,048 yards (6,445 m); all four par-5 holes were shortened slightly and made into par-4 holes.[1] Only five Americans entered the mandatory 36-hole qualifier, which was played at Hoylake and Arrowe Park on Monday and Tuesday.[1]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Friday, 4 July 1947

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 73-70-78-72=293 +21
T2 Reg Horne  England 77-74-72-71=294 +22
Frank Stranahan (a)  United States 71-79-72-72=294
4 Bill Shankland  Australia 76-74-75-70=295 +23
5 Dick Burton  England 77-71-77-71=296 +24
T6 Johnny Bulla  United States 80-72-74-71=297 +25
Henry Cotton  England 69-78-74-76=297
Sam King  England 75-72-77-73=297
Arthur Lees  England 75-74-72-76=297
Norman Von Nida  Australia 74-76-71-76=297
Charlie Ward  England 76-73-76-72=297
(a) denotes amateur



  1. ^ a b c d "Set par of 68 for British Open". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. 30 June 1947. p. 9. 
  2. ^ a b "Cotton, King tie for lead". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. 3 July 1947. p. 2, part 2. 
  3. ^ a b "Media Guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 91. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stranahan misses title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 5 July 1947. p. 4, part 2. 
  5. ^ "Yanks falter in British Open". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. 3 July 1947. p. 13. 
  6. ^ "Tempers, scores high in England". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. 3 July 1947. p. 8. 

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Preceded by
1947 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1948 Masters Tournament

Coordinates: 53°23′06″N 3°11′24″W / 53.385°N 3.190°W / 53.385; -3.190