1970 Open Championship

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1970 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 8–12 July 1970
Location St Andrews, Scotland
Course(s) Old Course at St Andrews
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 6,951 yards (6,356 m)[1]
Field 134 players
80 after 1st cut
57 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut 149 (+5) (1st cut)
223 (+7) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund 40,000
$96,000
Winner's share ₤5,250
$12,600
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
283 (−5), playoff
St Andrews is located in Scotland
St Andrews
St Andrews
Location in Scotland

The 1970 Open Championship was the 99th Open Championship, played 8–12 July at the Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. Jack Nicklaus won the second of his three Opens in an 18-hole Sunday playoff over Doug Sanders, 72 to 73.[2] In gusty winds during the fourth round on Saturday, Sanders saved par from the Road Hole bunker and led by one heading to the 72nd hole. After a lengthy drive on the short par-4, he took four shots from just 74 yards (68 m) and missed a downhill putt for par from 3 feet to win.[3][4]

This was the first playoff at The Open since 1963 and the first at 18 holes. The previous playoffs were 36 holes on Saturday. Prior to 1966, the final two rounds of The Open were played on Friday. The playoff format was changed again to the four-hole aggregate after the 1985 Open, first used in 1989.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966 68 69 73 73 283 −5 1
Tony Jacklin  England 1969 67 70 72 77 286 −2 5
Peter Thomson  Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
68 74 73 74 289 +1 T9
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 68 72 76 74 290 +2 12
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 72 73 73 74 292 +6 T13
Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 1967 71 76 71 75 293 +5 T17
Kel Nagle  Australia 1960 71 74 73 79 297 +9 T32

Missed the second cut[edit]

Player Country Years won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968 74 75 75 224 +8

Missed the first cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Max Faulkner  England 1951 74 76 150 +6
Bobby Locke  South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
77 81 158 +14
Denny Shute  United States 1933 82 78 160 +16
Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 1947 80 85 165 +21
Gene Sarazen  United States 1932 81 85 166 +22

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 8 July 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Neil Coles  England 65 −7
2 Tommy Horton  England 66 −6
T3 Maurice Bembridge  England 67 −5
Harold Henning  South Africa
Tony Jacklin  England
Florentino Molina  Argentina
John Richardson  England
T8 Tommy Aaron  United States 68 −4
Brian Huggett  Wales
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Arnold Palmer  United States
Doug Sanders  United States
Peter Thomson  Australia
Lee Trevino  United States
Guy Wolstenholme  England

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 9 July 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Trevino  United States 68-68=136 −8
T2 Tony Jacklin  England 67-70=137 −7
Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-69=137
T4 Clive Clark  England 69-70=139 −5
Neil Coles  England 65-74=139
Harold Henning  South Africa 67-72=139
Tommy Horton  England 66-73=139
John Richardson  England 67-72=139
Doug Sanders  United States 68-71=139
T10 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 72-68=140 −4
Arnold Palmer  United States 68-72=140

Amateurs: Melnyk (-1), Bonallack (+1), Humphreys (+2), George (+2), Webster (+5),
MacDonald (+7), Berry (+8), Steel (+10), Mosey (+11), Sumner (+11), Sweeny Jr (+11), Farmer (+14).

Third round[edit]

Friday, 10 July 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Trevino  United States 68-68-72=208 −8
T2 Tony Jacklin  England 67-70-73=210 −6
Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-69-73=210
Doug Sanders  United States 68-71-71=210
T5 Neil Coles  England 65-74-72=211 −5
Peter Oosterhuis  England 73-69-69=211
7 Harold Henning  South Africa 67-72-73=212 −4
T8 Tommy Horton  England 66-73-75=214 −2
Hugh Jackson  Northern Ireland 69-72-73=214
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 72-68-74=214

Amateurs: Melnyk (+3), Humphreys (+6), Bonallack (+8), George (+9), Webster (+11).

Final round[edit]

Saturday, 11 July 1970

Place Player Country Score To par Money ()
T1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-69-73-73=283 −5 Playoff
Doug Sanders  United States 68-71-71-73=283
T3 Harold Henning  South Africa 67-72-73-73=285 −3 2,750
Lee Trevino  United States 68-68-72-77=285
5 Tony Jacklin  England 67-70-73-76=286 −2 2,200
T6 Neil Coles  England 65-74-72-76=287 −1 1,750
Peter Oosterhuis  England 73-69-69-76=287
8 Hugh Jackson  Northern Ireland 69-72-73-74=288 E 1,400
T9 Tommy Horton  England 66-73-75-75=289 +1 1,200
John Panton  Scotland 72-73-73-71=289
Peter Thomson  Australia 68-74-73-74=289

Amateurs: Melnyk (+10), Humphreys (+13).

Source:[5]

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, 12 July 1970

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 72 E 5,250
2 Doug Sanders  United States 73 +1 3,750

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 66, 203. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nicklaus tops Sanders, wins British title". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 13 July 1970. p. 3B. 
  3. ^ "Sanders, Nicklaus tie for golf title". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 12 July 1970. p. 4B. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (20 July 1970). "Virtue in the Valley of Sin". Sports Illustrated: 12. 
  5. ^ "1970 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 56°20′36″N 2°48′10″W / 56.3433°N 2.8028°W / 56.3433; -2.8028