1951 Open Championship
|Dates||4–6 July 1951|
|Course(s)||Royal Portrush Golf Club|
|Field||98 players, 46 after cut|
The 1951 Open Championship was a major golf tournament held at Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It was the 80th Open Championship and the first played in Northern Ireland. Englishman Max Faulkner won his only major title in the rain, two strokes ahead of runner-up Antonio Cerdá of Argentina. The purse was £1,700 with a winner's share of £300.
Jimmy Adams and Norman Von Nida shared the lead after the first round with 68, the only sub-70 rounds recorded in the tournament. Faulkner owned a two shot lead over Norman Sutton after the second round, then stretched the lead to six over Sutton and Cerdá after a second consecutive 70 in the third round. In the final round Faulkner carded a 74 to post a 285 total. Cerdá was the only player still on the course with a chance to tie, and he went to the 16th needing to play the last three holes in 12 shots. His challenge ended, however, when his drive ended up against some steps straddling a barbed wire fence and he settled for a 6. He finished with a 287, two shots behind Faulkner.
Faulkner would be the last Englishman to win the Open Championship for 18 years, until Tony Jacklin in 1969. Frank Stranahan tied for twelfth and was the low amateur for the third straight year, one of two Americans to make the cut.
Through 2012, this is the only Open ever held in Northern Ireland, and the only time the event was held outside of England or Scotland. It was also the last Open to be held at a course outside the current rota of nine courses.
The 1951 PGA Championship at Oakmont near Pittsburgh concluded on Tuesday, 3 July. This was the second day of the mandatory qualifier at the Open Championship, making the final two majors mutually exclusive.
Friday, 6 July 1951
|Fred Daly||Northern Ireland||74-70-75-73=292|
|T6||Bobby Locke||South Africa||71-74-74-74=293||+5|
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1951 PGA Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
1952 Masters Tournament