1972 Open Championship

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1972 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 12–15 July 1972
Location Gullane, Scotland
Course(s) Muifield Golf Links
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71[1]
Length 6,892 yards (6,302 m)[1]
Field 153 players
88 after 1st cut
64 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut 152 (+10) (1st cut)
225 (+12) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund £50,000
$125,000
Winner's share £5,500
$13,750
Champion
United States Lee Trevino
278 (−6)
Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland

The 1972 Open Championship was the 101st Open Championship, held 12–15 July at Muirfield Golf Links in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Lee Trevino won his second straight Claret Jug, the first to successfully defend his title since Arnold Palmer in 1962. Trevino finished one stroke ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus, ending his bid for the grand slam. Nicklaus had won the first two majors in 1972 and was the odds-on favorite at Muirfield, where he won his first Open in 1966. Six strokes back at even-par after 54 holes, he shot a final round 66 (−5) on Saturday to tie the course record, but played the final three holes at one-over par. Trevino posted his own 66 in the third round and held on with an even-par 71, which included a chip-in for par at 17, to gain the fourth of his six major titles.[2][3]

It was the third of four times that Nicklaus finished as a runner-up to Trevino in a major championship.

Thirty years later, Tiger Woods became the first since Nicklaus to win the first two majors of the year. His bid for a grand slam in 2002 also ended at Muirfield, foiled by stormy weather during his third round.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Lee Trevino  United States 1971 71 70 66 71 278 −6 1
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970 70 72 71 66 279 −5 2
Tony Jacklin  England 1969 69 72 69 72 280 −4 3
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968 71 71 76 67 285 +1 6
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 73 73 69 71 286 +2 T7
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 75 70 74 70 289 +5 T15
Kel Nagle  Australia 1960 79 72 74 69 294 +10 T31
Peter Thomson  Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
71 72 74 77 294 +10 T31

Missed the first cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Max Faulkner  England 1951 78 78 156 +14
Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 1947 77 83 160 +18
Bobby Locke  South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
79 81 160 +18

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 12 July 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Peter Tupling  England 68 −3
2 Tony Jacklin  England 69 −2
T3 Frank Beard  United States 70 −1
Craig Defoy  Wales
Dave Marr  United States
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Peter Townsend  England
T8 Brian Barnes  Scotland 71 E
John Garner  England
Antonio Garrido  Spain
Gary Player  South Africa
Doug Sanders  United States
Peter Thomson  Australia
Lee Trevino  United States

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 13 July 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Tony Jacklin  England 69-72=141 −1
Lee Trevino  United States 71-70=141
T3 John Garner  England 71-71=142 E
Johnny Miller  United States 76-66=142
Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-72=142
Gary Player  South Africa 71-71=142
Doug Sanders  United States 71-71=142
Peter Townsend  England 70-72=142
Peter Tupling  England 68-74=142
T10 Brian Barnes  Scotland 71-72=143 +1
Clive Clark  England 72-71=143
Peter Thomson  Australia 71-72=143

Amateurs: Foster (+7), Mosey (+8), Revell (+9), Stephen (+9), Campbell (+11), Homer (+11), Gradwell (+13), Elson (+14), Bonallack (+15), Clark (+15), Berry (+19), Gray (+20).

Third round[edit]

Friday, 14 July 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Trevino  United States 71-70-66=207 −6
2 Tony Jacklin  England 69-72-67=208 −5
3 Doug Sanders  United States 71-71-69=211 −2
4 Brian Barnes  Scotland 71-72-69=212 −1
5 Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-72-71=213 E
T6 Guy Hunt  England 75-72-67=214 +1
Johnny Miller  United States 76-66-72=214
T8 Dave Marr  United States 70-74-71=215 +2
Arnold Palmer  United States 73-73-69=215
Peter Tupling  England 68-74-73=215

Amateurs: Foster (+14), Mosey (+14), Stephen (+14), Revell (+15).

Final round[edit]

Saturday, 15 July 1972

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Lee Trevino  United States 71-70-66-71=278 −6 5,500
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-72-71-66=279 −5 4,000
3 Tony Jacklin  England 69-72-67-72=280 −4 3,250
4 Doug Sanders  United States 71-71-69-70=281 −3 2,750
5 Brian Barnes  Scotland 71-72-69-71=283 −1 2,450
6 Gary Player  South Africa 71-71-76-67=285 +1 2,150
T7 Guy Hunt  England 75-72-67-72=286 +2 1,663
Arnold Palmer  United States 73-73-69-71=286
David Vaughan  England 74-73-70-69=286
Tom Weiskopf  United States 73-74-70-69=286

Source:[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 64, 203. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nicklaus' bid falls one stroke short". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 16 July 1972. p. D1. 
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (24 July 1972). "Slamming the door on Jack". Sports Illustrated: 8. 
  4. ^ "1972 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "British Open scores". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 16 July 1972. p. D4. 

External links[edit]

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