1948 Open Championship

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1948 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 30 June – 2 July 1948
Location Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s) Muirfield
Par 71
Field 97 players, 36 after cut[1]
Cut 148 (+6)
Prize fund £1,000
Winner's share £150
England Henry Cotton
284 (E)
Muirfield is located in Scotland
Location in Scotland

The 1948 Open Championship was the 77th Open Championship, held 30 June to 2 July at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Henry Cotton, age 41, won his third and final Open title, five strokes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Fred Daly.[2]

Charlie Ward, Sam King, and Flory Van Donck shot 69 to share the first round lead. Henry Cotton opened with a 71, then took the lead with a 66 in the second round, one off his own tournament record set in 1934. While scoring conditions in the first two rounds were ideal, with five other rounds of sub-70 in the second, the change in weather on the final day caused scores to soar. Over the final two rounds no player recorded a round below 70. Cotton carded rounds of 75-72 to set a clubhouse lead of 284 that no one came close to matching. Fred Daly came closest with a 289, five-shots behind.

Argentine Roberto De Vicenzo made his Open Championship debut and finished in third place. Over the next two years he followed with another third and a runner-up finish. He would eventually win the title 19 years later, in 1967.

Final leaderboard[edit]

Friday, 2 July 1948

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Henry Cotton  England 71-66-75-72=284 E
2 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 72-71-73-73=289 +5
T3 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 70-73-72-75=290 +6
Jack Hargreaves  England 76-68-73-73=290
Norman Von Nida  Australia 71-72-76-71=290
Charlie Ward  England 69-72-75-74=290
T7 Johnny Bulla  United States 74-72-73-72=291 +7
Sam King  England 69-72-74-76=291
Alf Padgham  England 73-70-71-77=291
Flory Van Donck  Belgium 69-73-73-76=291


  1. ^ "Media Guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 90. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Cotton captures third British Open golf title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 3 July 1948. p. 11. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 

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Preceded by
1948 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1949 Masters Tournament

Coordinates: 56°02′32″N 2°49′14″W / 56.0421°N 2.8205°W / 56.0421; -2.8205