1964 Open Championship

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1964 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 8–10 July 1964
Location St Andrews, Scotland
Course(s) Old Course at St Andrews
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 6,926 yards (6,333 m)[1]
Field 120 players
45 after cut
Cut 153 (+9)[1]
Prize fund 8,500
$23,800
Winner's share ₤1,500
$4,200
Champion
United States Tony Lema
279 (−9)
St Andrews is located in Scotland
St Andrews
St Andrews
Location in Scotland

The 1964 Open Championship was the 93rd Open Championship, played 8–10 July at the Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. Tony Lema won his only major championship, five strokes ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus.[2][3]

Lema played in two more Opens; two weeks after competing in the 1966 Open, Lema and his pregnant wife were killed in a plane crash.[4][5]

The PGA Championship was played the next week in Columbus, Ohio, one 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
Gary Player  South Africa 1959 78 71 73 70 292 +4 T8
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 79 71 69 78 297 +9 T17
Peter Thomson  Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958
79 73 72 75 299 +11 T24
Max Faulkner  England 1951 73 73 80 78 304 +16 T38
Kel Nagle  Australia 1960 77 76 80 80 313 +25 45

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Years won R1 R2 Total To par
Bobby Locke  South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
78 78 156 +12

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 8 July 1964

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jean Garaïalde  France 71 −1
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland
T3 Bruce Devlin  Australia 72 E
Harry Weetman  England
T5 Hugh Boyle  Ireland 73 +1
Max Faulkner  England
Bernard Hunt  England
Tony Lema  United States
Ángel Miguel  Spain
T10 Stuart Davies  South Africa 74 +2
Christy Greene  Ireland
Jimmy Martin  Ireland
Phil Rodgers  United States
George Will  Scotland

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 9 July 1964

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tony Lema  United States 73-68=141 −3
2 Harry Weetman  England 72-71=143 −1
T3 Bruce Devlin  Australia 72-72=144 E
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 71-73=144
5 Jean Garaïalde  France 71-74=145 +1
T6 Max Faulkner  England 73-73=146 +2
Jimmy Martin  Ireland 74-72=146
T8 Tony Coop  England 75-72=147 +3
Bernard Hunt  England 73-74=147
Lu Liang-Huan  Taiwan 71-71=147

Amateurs: Beman (+13), Bonallack (+13), Carr (+13), Clark (+16), Rutherford (+17), Saddler (+17), Shade (+21).

Third round[edit]

Friday, 10 July 1964 - (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tony Lema  United States 73-68-68=209 −7
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 76-74-66=216 E
T3 Bruce Devlin  Australia 72-72-73=217 +1
Bernard Hunt  England 73-74-70=217
T5 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 72-72-70=218 +2
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 71-73-74=218
Harry Weetman  England 72-71-75=218
8 Bob Charles  New Zealand 79-71-69=219 +3
9 Ángel Miguel  Spain 73-76-72=221 +5
T10 Alex Caygill  England 77-74-71=222 +6
Stuart Davies  South Africa 74-77-71=222
Malcolm Gregson  England 78-70-74=222
Harold Henning  South Africa 78-73-71=222
Ralph Moffitt  England 76-72-74=222
Gary Player  South Africa 78-71-73=222
Syd Scott  England 75-74-73=222

Final round[edit]

Friday, 10 July 1964 - (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ()
1 Tony Lema  United States 73-68-68-70=279 −9 1,500
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 76-74-66-68=284 −4 1,000
3 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 76-72-70-67=285 −3 800
4 Bernard Hunt  England 73-74-70-70=287 −1 650
5 Bruce Devlin  Australia 72-72-73-73=290 +2 500
T6 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 71-73-74-73=291 +3 313
Harry Weetman  England 72-71-75-73=291
T8 Harold Henning  South Africa 78-73-71-70=292 +4 183
Ángel Miguel  Spain 73-76-72-71=292
Gary Player  South Africa 78-71-73-70=292

Source:[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 72, 203. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Farrow, John (10 July 1964). "Lema nabs British Open". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. p. 3B. 
  3. ^ Lovesey, John (20 July 1964). "Victorious crusade in the Valley of Sin". Sports Illustrated: 16. 
  4. ^ "Lema plane crash probed". Milwaukee Sentinel. United Press International. 26 July 1966. p. 1-sports. 
  5. ^ Fimrite, Ron (31 July 1995). "The toast of golf". Sports Illustrated: G14. 

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