1952 Open Championship

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1952 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates9–11 July 1952
LocationLytham St Annes, England
Course(s)Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
Statistics
Par72
Length6,657 yards (6,087 m)[1]
Field96 players, 46 after cut[1]
Cut151 (+7)
Prize fund£1,700
$4,760
Winner's share£300
$840
Champion
South Africa Bobby Locke
287 (–1)
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Lytham & St Annes is located in England
Lytham & St Annes
Lytham &
St Annes
Location in England
Lytham & St Annes is located in Lancashire
Lytham & St Annes
Lytham &
St Annes
Location in Lancashire. England

The 1952 Open Championship was the 81st Open Championship, held 9–11 July at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England. This was the second Open at the course, its first was 26 years earlier in 1926.

Bobby Locke won the third of his four Claret Jugs at 287 (−1), one stroke ahead of runner-up Peter Thomson.[2] This was the first of seven consecutive Opens in which Thomson, age 22, finished as champion or runner-up. Fred Daly, 1947 champion, led after each of the first three rounds,[3] but concluded with 153 (+9) on the final day and finished third.[2][4]

For qualifying, 274 players entered compared to the 148 the previous year in Northern Ireland. Through an error, the initial entry did not include Antonio Cerdá, the prior year's runner-up.[5] The Championship committee used its discretion to allow him a late entry.[6] Qualifying took place on 7–8 July, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes at Royal Lytham & St Annes and 18 holes at adjacent Fairhaven. The number of qualifiers was limited to a maximum of 100, and ties for 100th place were not included. John Panton led at 134 with Harry Bradshaw next on 136. The qualifying score was 152 and 96 players advanced.[7][8][9] Three former champions did not continue: Reg Whitcombe (1938) 154, Alf Padgham (1936) 155, and Dick Burton (1939) 156.[7]

The opening round on Wednesday had the lowest scoring, as Daly took the lead at 67, followed by Thomson (68), and Locke in third at 69.[10][11][12] Daly widened his lead in the second round on Thursday with 69 for 136. Locke was four behind at 140, with Thomson a stroke behind in third.[3][13] English amateur Jackie Jones was tied for fourth place, seven shots behind Daly.[14] The maximum number of players making the cut after 36 holes remained at fifty, and ties for 50th place did not make the cut. The cut was at 151 (+7), and 46 players advanced.[13]

Stronger winds arrived on Friday morning for the third round, but Daly still led with 213 after a 77. Locke had closed to one shot after a 74 and Thomson was four behind Locke at 218 (+2), despite going out of bounds at the second hole. Harry Bradshaw and Sam King came next on 219. Starting an hour before Daly, Locke began the final round that afternoon 3-4-3 and reached the turn in 34. Daly was out in 37 and a victory for Locke seemed likely. However he finished with two fives and Daly still had a chance to catch him, but Daly took a six at the 15th; despite finishing 3-4-4, he ended up two shots behind. Thomson seemed to be out of contention after going out in 36, six shots behind Locke at the same stage. However, he came home in 34 with a birdie three at the last to take second place from Daly, one stroke behind Locke. Henry Cotton had the best score on the final day (74-71=145), but had been thirteen behind Daly at 149 after the first two rounds and finished fourth. Jones partnered Locke on the final day and, despite rounds of 78 and 83, held onto the position of leading amateur, winning the silver medal.[15]

Only five Americans were in the field;[3][8][12] the top finisher was Willie Goggin, in his first Open Championship at age 46, in a six-way tie for ninth.[16][17] Gene Sarazen, the 1932 champion, tied for seventeenth at age 50.[4]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Bobby Locke South Africa South Africa 1949, 1950 69 71 74 73 287 −1 1
Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 1947 67 69 77 76 289 +1 3
Henry Cotton  England 1934, 1937, 1948 75 74 74 71 294 +6 4
Max Faulkner  England 1951 72 76 79 73 300 +12 T17
Gene Sarazen  United States 1932 74 73 77 76 300 +12 T17

Source:[1][2]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Alf Perry  England 1935 76 76 152 +8

Source:[1][13]

Did not advance past qualifying rounds (Monday & Tuesday):

Did not enter:

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 9 July 1952

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 67 –5
2 Peter Thomson  Australia 68 –4
3 Bobby Locke  South Africa 69 –3
T4 Harry Bradshaw  Ireland 70 –2
Bob Garner  England
Arthur Young  England
T7 Eric Brown  Scotland 71 –1
Willie Goggin  United States
Sam King  England
Alex Kyle (a)  Scotland
Alan Poulton  England

Source:[10]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 10 July 1952

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 67-69=136 –8
2 Bobby Locke  South Africa 69-71=140 –4
3 Peter Thomson  Australia 68-73=141 –3
T4 Eric Brown  Scotland 71-72=143 –1
Jackie Jones (a)  England 73-70=143
T6 Peter Alliss  England 72-72=144 E
Harry Bradshaw  Ireland 70-74=144
John Panton  Scotland 72-72=144
Syd Scott  England 75-69=144
T10 Ken Bousfield  England 72-73=145 +1
Henri de Lamaze (a)  France 71-74=145
Willie Goggin  United States 71-74=145
Sam King  England 71-74=145
Alan Poulton  England 71-74=145

Source:[1][13]

Third round[edit]

Friday, 11 July 1952 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 67-69-77=213 –3
2 Bobby Locke  South Africa 69-71-74=214 –2
3 Peter Thomson  Australia 68-73-77=218 +2
T4 Harry Bradshaw  Ireland 70-74-75=219 +3
Sam King  England 71-74-74=219
T6 Fred Bullock  England 76-72-72=220 +4
Willie Goggin  United States 71-74-75=220
Syd Scott  England 75-69-76=220
Flory Van Donck  Belgium 74-75-71=220
T10 Eric Brown  Scotland 71-72-78=221 +5
Jackie Jones (a)  England 73-70-78=221
Alan Poulton  England 71-74-76=221
Norman Von Nida  Australia 77-70-74=221

Source:[1][2]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 11 July 1952 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Bobby Locke  South Africa 69-71-74-73=287 –1 300
2 Peter Thomson  Australia 68-73-77-70=288 E 200
3 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 67-69-77-76=289 +1 100
4 Henry Cotton  England 75-74-74-71=294 +6 75
T5 Antonio Cerdá  Argentina 73-73-76-73=295 +7 35
Sam King  England 71-74-74-76=295
7 Flory Van Donck  Belgium 74-75-71-76=296 +8 20
8 Fred Bullock  England 76-72-72-77=297 +9 20
T9 Harry Bradshaw  Ireland 70-74-75-79=298 +10 20
Eric Brown  Scotland 71-72-78-77=298
Willie Goggin  United States 71-74-75-78=298
Arthur Lees  England 76-72-76-74=298
Syd Scott  England 75-69-76-78=298
Norman Von Nida  Australia 77-70-74-77=298

Source:[1][2][4]
Amateurs: Jones (+16), Rawlinson (+18), Kyle (+19), De Lamaze (+20), Stranahan (+21), Morrell (+26)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e "Locke wins Open by one stroke". Glasgow Herald. 12 July 1952. p. 5.
  3. ^ a b c "Daly fires 69 to retain lead in British Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. p. 3, sec. 3.
  4. ^ a b c "Locke's 287 takes 1st in British Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. p. 4, sec. 3.
  5. ^ "The Open Championship". The Times. 19 June 1952. p. 2.
  6. ^ "Open Golf Championship". The Times. 7 July 1952. p. 4.
  7. ^ a b c d "Panton's day of record-equalling". Glasgow Herald. 9 July 1952. p. 9.
  8. ^ a b c "Sarazen gets second 69 in British Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 9 July 1952. p. 3 sec. 3.
  9. ^ "Golf - Open Championship". The Times. 9 July 1952. p. 2.
  10. ^ a b "Daly leads by stroke in "Open"". Glasgow Herald. 10 July 1952. p. 9.
  11. ^ "Golf - Daly's lead at St. Annes". The Times. 10 July 1952. p. 2.
  12. ^ a b "Goggin tops Americans in British Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 10 July 1952. p. 1, sec. 6.
  13. ^ a b c d "Daly's four-stroke lead in "Open"". Glasgow Herald. 11 July 1952. p. 7.
  14. ^ "Golf - Open Championship". The Times. 11 July 1952. p. 2.
  15. ^ "Locke's golf victory - Third Open in four years - Thomson beaten by one stroke". The Times. 12 July 1952. p. 4.
  16. ^ a b "Four Yankees keep British Open chance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 11 July 1952. p. 19.
  17. ^ "Locke paces British Open". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). United Press. 10 July 1952. p. 31.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1952 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1953 Masters Tournament

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