1980 Open Championship

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1980 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 17–20 July 1980
Location Gullane, Scotland
Course(s) Muirfield
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71[1]
Length 6,926 yards (6,333 m)[1]
Field 151 players
87 after 1st cut
65 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut 149 (+7) (1st cut)
219 (+6) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund £200,000
$480,000
Winner's share £25,000
$60,000
Champion
United States Tom Watson
271 (–13)
Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland

The 1980 Open Championship was the 109th Open Championship held from 17–20 July at Muirfield Golf Links in Gullane, Scotland. Tom Watson won his third Open Championship, four strokes ahead of runner-up Lee Trevino.[2][3] It was the fourth of Watson's eight major titles; he won two additional Opens in 1982 and 1983. It was Watson's first win in a major in three years.[4]

Trevino, 40, had won the last Open played at Muirfield in 1972, successfully defending his 1971 title and ending the grand slam bid of Jack Nicklaus.[5] Nicklaus, also 40, tied for fourth. He won at Muirfield in 1966 and was runner-up by a stroke in 1972.

This was the first Open scheduled to end on a Sunday, with a Thursday start. The Open previously began on Wednesday and ended on Saturday. Prior to 1966, the final two rounds were scheduled for Friday.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977 68 70 64 69 271 –13 1
Lee Trevino  United States 1971, 1972 68 67 71 69 275 –9 2
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970, 1978 73 67 71 69 280 –4 T4
Tom Weiskopf  United States 1973 72 72 71 70 285 +1 T16
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979 72 68 72 74 286 +2 T19
Tony Jacklin  England 1969 72 74 71 73 290 +6 T32
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 75 71 73 76 295 +11 T60

Missed the second cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Johnny Miller  United States 1976 77 70 73 220 +7
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 77 71 72 220 +7

Missed the first cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 76 74 150 +8

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 17 July 1980

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Lee Trevino  United States 68 –3
Tom Watson  United States
T3 Nick Faldo  England 69 –2
Vicente Fernández  Argentina
Mark James  England
Jack Newton  Australia
Glenn Ralph  England
T8 Ken Brown  Scotland 70 –1
Ben Crenshaw  United States
Mark Hayes  United States
Sandy Lyle  Scotland
Gil Morgan  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, 18 July 1980

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Trevino  United States 68-67=135 –7
T2 Ken Brown  Scotland 70-68=138 –4
Jerry Pate  United States 71-67=138
Tom Watson  United States 68-70=138
T5 Seve Ballesteros Spain Spain 72-68=140 –2
Andy Bean  United States 71-69=140
Ben Crenshaw  United States 70-70=140
Gil Morgan  United States 70-70=140
Jack Newton  Australia 69-71=140
Jack Nicklaus  United States 73-67=140

Amateurs: Sigel (+2), Rafferty (+9), McLean (+10), Mitchell (+10), Evans (+11), Gallagher (+12), Way (+12), Boxall (+13), McEvoy (+13), Deeble (+14), McCathie (+17), Hay (+19)

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 19 July 1980

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Watson  United States 68-70-64=202 –11
T2 Ken Brown  Scotland 70-68-68=206 –7
Lee Trevino  United States 68-67-71=206
4 Ben Crenshaw  United States 70-70-68=208 –5
T5 Andy Bean  United States 71-69-70=210 –3
Hubert Green  United States 77-69-64=210
T7 Isao Aoki  Japan 74-74-63=211 –2
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 70-71-70=211
Carl Mason  England 72-69-70=211
Gil Morgan  United States 70-70-71=211
Jack Nicklaus  United States 73-67-71=211
Craig Stadler  United States 72-70-69=211

Amateurs: Sigel (+5)

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 20 July 1980

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Tom Watson  United States 68-70-64-69=271 –13 25,000
2 Lee Trevino  United States 68-67-71-69=275 –9 17,500
3 Ben Crenshaw  United States 70-70-68-69=277 –7 13,500
T4 Carl Mason  England 72-69-70-69=280 –4 9,250
Jack Nicklaus  United States 73-67-71-69=280
T6 Andy Bean  United States 71-69-70-72=282 –2 7,250
Ken Brown  Scotland 70-68-68-76=282
Hubert Green  United States 77-69-64-72=282
Craig Stadler  United States 72-70-69-71=282
T10 Gil Morgan  United States 70-70-71-72=283 –1 5,750
Jack Newton  Australia 69-71-73-70=283

Amateurs: Sigel (+7)
Source:[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 56, 203. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Watson wants the ones he hasn't won yet". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. 21 July 1980. p. 1C. 
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (28 July 1980). "Elementary at least for Watson". Sports Illustrated: 22. 
  4. ^ "It's Watson in waltz to British Open title". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. 21 July 1980. p. 1-part 2. 
  5. ^ "Watson earns emotional win at Muirfield". Palm Beach Post. wire services. 21 July 1980. p. B3. 
  6. ^ "1980 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1980 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1980 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 56°02′35″N 2°49′23″W / 56.043°N 2.823°W / 56.043; -2.823