1946 Open Championship

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1946 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates3–5 July 1946
LocationSt Andrews, Scotland
Course(s)Old Course at St Andrews
Statistics
Par73[1][2]
Length6,863 yards (6,276 m)
Field100, 38 after cut[3]
Cut156 (+10)[3]
Prize fund£1,000[3]
$4,000
Winner's share£150[3]
$600
Champion
United States Sam Snead
290 (–2)
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Location in Scotland
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St Andrews
Location in Fife, Scotland

The 1946 Open Championship was the 75th Open Championship[4], played 3–5 July at the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland. Due to World War II, it was the first Open since 1939, also held at St Andrews. Sam Snead won his only Open title, four strokes ahead of runners-up Johnny Bulla and Bobby Locke.[5][6][7] It was the first win by an American in thirteen years and the second of Snead's seven major titles. Four Americans were in the field of 100;[8] the three that made the cut all finished in the top ten.[6]

Qualifying took place on 1–2 July, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes on the Old Course and 18 holes on the New Course.[9][10] The number of qualifiers was limited to a maximum of 100, ties for 100th place would not qualify.[11] The qualifying score was 159 and exactly 100 players qualified. The Australian Norman Von Nida led the qualifiers at 145.[12][13] The maximum number of players making the cut after 36 holes was set at forty and ties for 40th place did not make the cut.[11]

In his second Open Championship appearance and first since 1937, Snead did not endear himself to the St Andrews crowd on arrival. His first impression of the course was "It looks like an old abandoned kinda place," ensuring a cold reception at the start of the tournament. He opened with a round of 71, two behind the lead of Locke, who led by one from Henry Cotton and Von Nida.[14][15] Cotton took the lead after 36-holes with consecutive rounds of 70, one ahead of Snead and two ahead of Dai Rees.[1][16]

Snead, Bulla, and Rees were tied for the lead at 215 (−4) going into the final round on Friday afternoon, with Cotton one behind.[2] Snead best navigated the strong winds of the final round; after dropping four shots on the front-nine, he was able to use his length and accuracy to record a 35 on the back for a round of 75 and a 290 total. Locke moved into second with a 76, while Bulla finished with a 79 to tie Locke for third place.[3][5][7] Rees tied for fourth with the help of a tournament record-tying round of 67 in the second round.

Snead's win here was his only Open Championship title and he played the tournament only three more times, not returning until 1962. He was the first American to win the title since Denny Shute in 1933. The next was Ben Hogan in 1953 at Carnoustie in his only trip to Britain, then Arnold Palmer's consecutive wins in 1961 and 1962.

Dick Burton, the defending champion from 1939, relinquished the trophy after seven years and finished in twelfth place.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Henry Cotton  England 1934, 1937 70 70 76 79 295 +3 T4
Dick Burton  England 1939 74 76 76 76 302 +10 12
Reg Whitcombe  England 1938 71 76 82 76 305 +13 T14
Alf Perry  England 1935 78 77 78 80 313 +21 T26
Alf Padgham  England 1936 79 74 76 87 316 +24 T31

Source:[3]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Arthur Havers  England 1923 77 78 155 +11

Source:[3]

Did not enter:

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 3 July 1946

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Locke  South Africa 69 −4
T2 Henry Cotton  England 70 −3
Norman Von Nida  Australia
T4 Johnny Bulla  United States 71 −2
Bill Hancock  England
Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia
Sam Snead  United States
Reg Whitcombe  England
9 Charlie Ward  England 73 E
T10 Percy Alliss  England 74 +1
Dick Burton  England

Source:[3][14]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 4 July 1946

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Henry Cotton  England 70-70=140 −6
2 Sam Snead  United States 71-70=141 −5
3 Dai Rees  Wales 75-67=142 −4
T4 Johnny Bulla  United States 71-72=143 −3
Bobby Locke  South Africa 69-74=143
T6 Percy Alliss  England 74-72=146 E
Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 71-75=146
Norman Von Nida  Australia 70-76=146
Charlie Ward  England 73-73=146
10 Reg Whitcombe  England 71-76=147 +1

Source:[3][16]

Third round[edit]

Friday, 5 July 1946 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Johnny Bulla  United States 71-72-72=215 −4
Dai Rees  Wales 75-67-73=215
Sam Snead  United States 71-70-74=215
4 Henry Cotton  England 70-70-76=216 −3
5 Bobby Locke  South Africa 69-74-75=218 −1
6 Charlie Ward  England 73-73-73=219 E
7 Norman Von Nida  Australia 70-76-74=220 −1
T8 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 77-71-76=224 +5
Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 71-75-78=224
10 Lawson Little  United States 78-75-72=225 +6

Source:[3][17]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 5 July 1946 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Sam Snead  United States 71-70-74-75=290 –2 150
T2 Johnny Bulla  United States 71-72-72-79=294 +2     87 ½
Bobby Locke  South Africa 69-74-75-76=294
T4 Henry Cotton  England 70-70-76-79=295 +3     26 ¼
Dai Rees  Wales 75-67-73-80=295
Norman Von Nida  Australia 70-76-74-75=295
Charlie Ward  England 73-73-73-76=295
T8 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 77-71-76-74=298 +6 15
Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 71-75-78-74=298
10 Lawson Little  United States 78-75-72-74=299 +7

Source:[3][17]

Amateurs: Bell (+24), Wilson (+25), Dowie (+27), White (+28), Urry (+38).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cotton birdies to lead Open". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. 5 July 1946. p. 14. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Three are tied in British Open". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. 5 July 1946. p. 30.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 92. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  4. ^ "1946 / St Andrews". The Open. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "'Open' golf trophy goes to America". Glasgow Herald. 6 July 1946. p. 3.
  6. ^ a b "Snead's 290 wins British Open; Bulla 2d on 294". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 6 July 1946. p. 11.
  7. ^ a b "Snead reaches golf rainbow". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. 6 July 1946. p. 7. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  8. ^ a b "4 Americans in British Open Field". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 3 July 1946. p. 21.
  9. ^ "World golfers faced by nerve test". Glasgow Herald. 1 July 1946. p. 3.
  10. ^ ""Unknown" golfers vie with favourites". Glasgow Herald. 2 July 1946. p. 3.
  11. ^ a b "Golf - The Open Championship". The Times. 1 July 1946. p. 2.
  12. ^ "Overseas challenge for "Open" title". Glasgow Herald. 3 July 1946. p. 5.
  13. ^ "Golf - Open Championship". The Times. 3 July 1946. p. 2.
  14. ^ a b "Threat to Britain's golf power". Glasgow Herald. 4 July 1946. p. 5.
  15. ^ "Golf - Open Championship". The Times. 4 July 1946. p. 2.
  16. ^ a b "Memorable day's golf for Britain". Glasgow Herald. 5 July 1946. p. 5.
  17. ^ a b "Final aggregates at St Andrews". Glasgow Herald. 6 July 1946. p. 6.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1946 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1946 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 56°20′35″N 2°48′11″W / 56.343°N 2.803°W / 56.343; -2.803