1951 Open Championship

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1951 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 4–6 July 1951
Location County Antrim,
Northern Ireland
Course(s) Royal Portrush Golf Club
Statistics
Par 72 [1]
Field 98 players, 46 after cut[2]
Cut 154 (+10)
Prize fund £1,700
Winner's share £300
Champion
England Max Faulkner
285 (–3)
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The 1951 Open Championship was the 80th Open Championship, held 4–6 July at Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Through 2017, it is the only time the championship has been played outside England or Scotland. Max Faulkner won his only major title in the rain, two strokes ahead of runner-up Antonio Cerdá.[3][4] Two-time defending champion Bobby Locke finished eight strokes back, in a tie for sixth.

The maximum number of players making the cut after 36 holes was increased from 40 to 50, and ties for 50th place did not make the cut.[5] With potentially an extra 10 players making the cut and getting £20 prize money the total purse increased from £1,500 to £1,700. The other prizes remained unchanged, with £300 for the winner.

Only 148 players entered, the lowest since 1904.[6] Qualifying took place on 2–3 July, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes on the Championship course at Portrush and 18 holes at Portstewart Golf Club.[7] The number of qualifiers was limited to a maximum of 100, and ties for 100th place did not qualify. Cerdá led at 138 with Tom Haliburton, Bobby Locke, and Norman Von Nida a stroke behind. The qualifying score was 155 and 98 advanced.[8] Peter Alliss qualified comfortably, following up a first round 76 at Portstewart with an impressive 69 at Portrush.[9]

Jimmy Adams and Von Nida shared the lead after the first round on Wednesday with 68,[10][11] the only sub-70 rounds in the championship. In the second round on Thursday, Faulkner shot 70 to take a two-stroke lead over Norman Sutton, with Fred Daly, and Harry Weetman a further shot behind.[12] After his 69 in qualifying, Alliss scored 79 and 80 and missed the cut.[13]

In the third round on Friday morning, Faulkner posted another 70 and stretched the 54-hole lead to six over Sutton and Cerdá. In the final round that afternoon, Faulkner finished 5-5-4-5 for 74 and 285. Cerdá was the only player still on the course with a chance to tie. Going out in 34, he reached the 16th needing to play the last three holes in twelve shots. His challenge ended when his drive ended up against some steps straddling a barbed wire fence and he took made six.[14] He finished on 287, two shots behind Faulkner.[15]

Faulkner was the last Englishman to win the Open for 18 years, until Tony Jacklin in 1969. Frank Stranahan tied for twelfth and was the low amateur for the third straight year, one of two Americans to make the cut.[3] Two Australians made their Open Championship debuts: future five-time champion Peter Thomson, age 21, finished in sixth place, while 1960 champion Kel Nagle was 19th.

The PGA Championship at Oakmont near Pittsburgh concluded on Tuesday, 3 July. This was the second day of the Open Championship qualification, making it impossible to play in the final two majors and resulted in very few Americans in the field. Sam Snead, the Open champion in 1946, won the final match at Oakmont for his third title in that championship.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 1947 74 70 75 73 292 +4 T4
Bobby Locke South Africa South Africa 1949, 1950 71 74 74 74 293 +5 T6
Dick Burton  England 1939 74 77 71 73 295 +7 T12

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Alf Padgham  England 1936 81 74 155 +11
Reg Whitcombe  England 1938 82 80 162 +18

Source:[2]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 4 July 1951

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jimmy Adams  Scotland 68 –4
Norman Von Nida  Australia
T3 Dai Rees  Wales 70 –2
Peter Thomson  Australia
T5 Max Faulkner  England 71 –1
Bobby Locke  South Africa
7 Flory Van Donck  Belgium 72 E
T8 Alfonso Angelini  Italy 73 +1
Eric Cremin  Australia
Ugo Grappasonni  Italy
Jack Hargreaves  England
John Panton  Scotland
Bill Shankland  Australia
Norman Sutton  England
Harry Weetman  England

Source:[10]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 5 July 1951

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Max Faulkner  England 71-70=141 –3
2 Norman Sutton  England 73-70=143 –1
T3 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 74-70=144 E
Harry Weetman  England 73-71=144
T5 Jimmy Adams  Scotland 68-77=145 +1
Bobby Locke  South Africa 71-74=145
John Panton  Scotland 73-72=145
Peter Thomson  Australia 70-75=145
Norman Von Nida  Australia 68-77=145
T10 Antonio Cerdá  Argentina 74-72=146 +2
Ugo Grappasonni  Italy 73-73=146

Source:[13]

Third round[edit]

Friday, 6 July 1951 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Max Faulkner  England 71-70-70=211 –5
T2 Antonio Cerdá  Argentina 74-72-71=217 +1
Norman Sutton  England 73-70-74=217
4 Peter Thomson  Australia 70-75-73=218 +2
T5 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 74-70-75=219 +4
Bobby Locke  South Africa 71-74-74=219
John Panton  Scotland 73-72-74=219
Harry Weetman  England 73-71-75=219
9 Jimmy Adams  Scotland 68-77-75=220 +4
10 Bill Shankland  Australia 73-76-72=221 +5

Source:[3][4]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 6 July 1951 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money
1 Max Faulkner  England 71-70-70-74=285 –3 £300
2 Antonio Cerdá  Argentina 74-72-71-70=287 –1 £200
3 Charlie Ward  England 75-73-74-68=290 +2 £100
T4 Jimmy Adams  Scotland 68-77-75-72=292 +4 £62 10s
Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 74-70-75-73=292
T6 Bobby Locke  South Africa 71-74-74-74=293 +5 £20
Bill Shankland  Australia 73-76-72-72=293
Norman Sutton  England 73-70-74-76=293
Peter Thomson  Australia 70-75-73-75=293
Harry Weetman  England 73-71-75-74=293

Source:[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Von Nida, Adams tie in British Open with 68". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. 5 July 1951. p. 17. 
  2. ^ a b "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 85, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "British Open won by Max Faulkner". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 7 July 1951. p. 11. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Faulkner wins Open Championship". Glasgow Herald. 7 July 1951. p. 5. 
  5. ^ "Golf - Altered conditions". The Times. 6 December 1950. p. 2. 
  6. ^ "Golf - Open Championship". The Times. 5 June 1951. p. 7. 
  7. ^ "Records on both courses on first day of "Open"". Glasgow Herald. 3 July 1951. p. 7. 
  8. ^ "Leading players make light of Portrush terrors". Glasgow Herald. 4 July 1951. p. 6. 
  9. ^ "Golf - Open Championship". The Times. 4 July 1951. p. 2. 
  10. ^ a b "Scot joint leader at Portrush". Glasgow Herald. 5 July 1951. p. 2. 
  11. ^ "Golf - Open Championship". The Times. 5 July 1951. p. 9. 
  12. ^ "Golf - Open Championship - Faulkner's lead". The Times. 6 July 1951. p. 7. 
  13. ^ a b "Faulkner 2 strokes ahead of "Open" field". Glawgow Herald. 6 July 1951. p. 9. 
  14. ^ "Faulkner Wins British Open, Stranahan Low Amateur". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. 7 July 1951. p. 12. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "British victory in Open golf - Faulkner the new champion - Cerda's fine effort". The Times. 7 July 1951. p. 6. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1951 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1952 Masters Tournament

Coordinates: 55°12′00″N 6°38′06″W / 55.200°N 6.635°W / 55.200; -6.635