1958 Open Championship

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1958 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 2–5 July 1958
Location Lytham St Annes, England
Course(s) Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,635 yards (6,067 m)
Field 96 players, 40 after cut[1]
Cut 147 (+5)
Prize fund £4,850
$13,580
Winner's share £1,000
$2,800
Champion
Australia Peter Thomson
278 (–6), playoff
Lytham &St Annes is located in England
Lytham &St Annes
Lytham &
St Annes
Location in England

The 1958 Open Championship was the 87th Open Championship, held from 2–5 July at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England. Peter Thomson won his fourth Claret Jug in five years in a 36-hole Saturday playoff, four strokes ahead of Dave Thomas. It was the first playoff at the Open since 1949 and the seventh consecutive year that Thomson, 28, finished either as champion or runner-up.[2]

Only two Americans were in the field of 96: Gene Sarazen, the 1932 champion, finished ten strokes back at age 56, in a tie for 16th place.[1] Monte Bradley, a 27-year-old Army private from Texas, shot 154 and missed the cut by seven strokes.[3][4]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Peter Thomson  Australia 1954, 1955, 1956 66 72 67 73 278 –6 1
Henry Cotton  England 1934, 1937, 1948 68 75 69 72 284 E T8
Max Faulkner  England 1951 68 71 71 78 288 +4 T16
Bobby Locke  South Africa 1949, 1950, 1952, 1957 76 70 72 70 288 +4 T16
Gene Sarazen  United States 1932 73 73 70 72 288 +4 T16
Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 1947 71 74 72 73 290 +6 T20

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 2 July 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Peter Thomson  Australia 66 –5
2 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 67 –4
T3 Henry Cotton  England 68 –3
Max Faulkner  England
Gary Player  South Africa
T6 Tony Coop  England 69 –2
Norman Drew  Northern Ireland
Jean Garaïalde  France
T9 Harry Bradshaw  Ireland 70 –1
Joe Carr (a)  Ireland
Harold Henning  South Africa
Bernard Hunt  England
Bill Large  United Kingdom
Dave Thomas  Wales
Flory Van Donck  Belgium

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 3 July 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 67-68=135 –7
2 Leopoldo Ruiz  Argentina 71-65=136 –6
T3 Dave Thomas  Wales 70-68=138 –4
Peter Thomson  Australia 66-72=138
T5 Max Faulkner  England 68-71=139 –3
Eric Lester  England 73-66=139
T7 Tony Coop  England 69-71=140 –2
Bernard Hunt  England 70-70=140
Flory Van Donck  Belgium 70-70=140
Harry Weetman  England 73-67=140

Amateurs: Carr (+2), Charles (+8), Deighton (+8), Scrutton (+9), Perowne (+10), Fox (+10), Randall (+12), Byrne (+14), Slater (+20).

Third round[edit]

Friday, 4 July 1958 - (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Peter Thomson  Australia 66-72-67=205 –8
T2 Dave Thomas  Wales 70-68-68=207 –6
Flory Van Donck  Belgium 70-70-67=207
T4 Eric Brown  Scotland 73-70-65=208 –5
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 67-68-73=208
Leopoldo Ruiz  Argentina 71-65-72=208
T7 Max Faulkner  England 68-71-71=210 –3
Eric Lester  England 73-66-71=210
T9 Peter Alliss  England 72-70-70=212 –1
Henry Cotton  England 68-75-69=212
Gary Player  South Africa 68-74-70=212

Final round[edit]

Friday, 4 July 1958 - (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
T1 Dave Thomas  Wales 70-68-69-71=278 –6 Playoff
Peter Thomson  Australia 66-72-67-73=278
T3 Eric Brown  Scotland 73-70-65-71=279 –5 425
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 67-68-73-71=279
T5 Leopoldo Ruiz  Argentina 71-65-72-73=281 –3 275
Flory Van Donck  Belgium 70-70-67-74=281
7 Gary Player  South Africa 68-74-70-71=283 –1 200
T8 Henry Cotton  England 68-75-69-72=284 E 125
Eric Lester  England 73-66-71-74=284
Harry Weetman  England 73-67-73-71=284

Amateur: Carr (+10).

Playoff[edit]

Saturday, 5 July 1958

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Peter Thomson  Australia 68-71=139 –3 1,000
2 Dave Thomas  Wales 69-74=143 +1 650

Thomson won in a 36-hole playoff.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 78. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Thomson takes British playoff". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. 6 July 1958. p. 3-sports. 
  3. ^ "Sarazen trails by 11 in 'British'". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 4 July 1958. p. 4, part 4. 
  4. ^ "Thomson, Welshman tie in British Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 5 July 1958. p. 5, part 2. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1958 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1958 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 53°44′58″N 3°01′05″W / 53.7495°N 3.0180°W / 53.7495; -3.0180