1962 Open Championship

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1962 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 11–13 July 1962
Location Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Course(s) Troon Golf Club,
Old Course
Statistics
Par 72
Length 7,045 yards (6,442 m)
Field 119 players, 39 after cut[1]
Cut 152 (+8)
Prize fund £8,500
$23,800
Winner's share £1,400
$3,920
Champion
United States Arnold Palmer
276 (−12)
Troon is located in Scotland
Troon
Troon
Location in Scotland

The 1962 Open Championship was the 91st Open Championship, played from 11–13 July at Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland. Arnold Palmer won his second consecutive Open, six strokes ahead of runner-up Kel Nagle.[2][3] It was the sixth of Palmer's seven major titles and the second of the year; he won his third Masters in April.

Qualifying took place on 9–10 July. Entries played 18 holes on the Old Course at Troon Golf Club and 18 holes on the Lochgreen Troon Municipal course. A maximum of 120 players qualified. The qualifying score was 154 and 119 players qualified. Eric Brown led the qualifiers on 139.[4] This was the last Open in which all players had to qualify. In 1963 a system of exemptions for the leading players was introduced. A maximum of 50 players could make the cut to play 36 holes on the final day.

Jack Nicklaus, the U.S. Open champion, competed in his first Open Championship. Following an opening round 80,[5] he rebounded with a 72 to make the cut[6] and finished tied for 34th place.

The PGA Championship was played the next week near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first of five times in the 1960s that these two majors were played in consecutive weeks in July.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961 71 69 67 69 276 −12 1
Kel Nagle  Australia 1960 71 71 70 70 282 −6 2
Sam Snead  United States 1946 76 73 72 71 292 +4 T6
Peter Thomson  Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958
70 77 75 70 292 +4 T6

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Gary Player  South Africa 1959 74 79 153 +11
Bobby Locke  South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
80 72 152 +12
Max Faulkner  England 1951 84 77 161 +17

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 11 July 1962

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Keith MacDonald  England 69 −3
2 Peter Thomson  Australia 70 −2
T3 Kel Nagle  Australia 71 −1
Arnold Palmer  United States
T5 Doug Beattie  Scotland 72 E
Harry Bradshaw  Ireland
Peter Butler  England
Sebastián Miguel  Spain
Donald Swaelens  Belgium
T10 Hugh Boyle  Ireland 73 +1
Jimmy Martin  Ireland

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 12 July 1962

A maximum of 50 players could make the cut but 51 players scored 153 (+9) or better. The 12 players on 153 were therefore excluded and just the 39 who scored 152 (+8) or better qualified for the final day.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 71-69=140 −4
2 Kel Nagle  Australia 71-71=142 −2
T3 Bob Charles  New Zealand 75-70=145 +1
Jimmy Martin  Ireland 73-72=145
Ralph Moffitt  England 75-70=145
Phil Rodgers  United States 75-70=145
T7 Peter Alliss  England 77-69=146 +2
Brian Huggett  Wales 75-71=146
Keith MacDonald  England 69-77=146
T10 Doug Beattie  Scotland 72-75=147 +3
Harry Bradshaw  Ireland 72-75=147
Harold Henning  South Africa 74-73=147
John Panton  Scotland 74-73=147
Dave Thomas  Wales 77-70=147
Peter Thomson  Australia 70-77=147

Amateurs: Green (+7), Cannon (+9), Carr (+9), Saddler (+9), Sinclair (+9), Stuart (+10), Blair (+11), Clark (+11), Edgar (+11), Shade (+11), Christmas (+12), Foster (+12), Walker (+13), MacCaskill (+17), Wilson (+18), Morrison (+19).

Third round[edit]

Friday, 13 July 1962 - (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 71-69-67=207 −9
2 Kel Nagle  Australia 71-71-70=212 −4
3 Bob Charles  New Zealand 75-70-70=215 −1
4 Phil Rodgers  United States 75-70-72=217 +1
5 Dave Thomas  Wales 77-70-71=218 +2
6 Ralph Moffitt  England 75-70-74=219 +3
T7 Peter Alliss  England 77-69-74=220 +4
Brian Huggett  Wales 75-71-74=220
T9 Jimmy Martin  Ireland 73-72-76=221 +5
Sam Snead  United States 76-73-72=221
Harry Weetman  England 75-73-73=221
Ross Whitehead  England 74-75-72=221

Final round[edit]

Friday, 13 July 1962 - (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 71-69-67-69=276 −12 1,400
2 Kel Nagle  Australia 71-71-70-70=282 −6 1,000
T3 Brian Huggett  Wales 75-71-74-69=289 +1 710
Phil Rodgers  United States 75-70-72-72=289
5 Bob Charles  New Zealand 75-70-70-75=290 +2 475
T6 Sam Snead  United States 76-73-72-71=292 +4 300
Peter Thomson  Australia 70-77-75-70=292
T8 Peter Alliss  England 77-69-74-73=293 +5 190
Dave Thomas  Wales 77-70-71-75=293
10 Syd Scott  England 77-74-75-68=294 +6 145

Amateurs: Green (+20)
Source:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 74, 203–8. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Wright, Alfred (23 July 1962). "Murder on a moor". Sports Illustrated: 12. 
  3. ^ "Palmer retains British Open title with 276". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 14 July 1962. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Palmer's 67 an Ominous Open Hint - Qualifying Scores". The Times. 11 July 1962. p. 3. 
  5. ^ "MacDonald's 69 takes British Open lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 12 July 1962. p. 27. 
  6. ^ "Palmer gets 69 for 140; British lead: Arnie pacing Nagle by two". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 13 July 1962. p. 14. 
  7. ^ "British scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 14 July 1962. p. 11. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1962 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1962 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 55°31′55″N 4°39′00″W / 55.532°N 4.65°W / 55.532; -4.65