1956 Open Championship

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1956 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates4–6 July 1956
LocationHoylake, England
Course(s)Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Statistics
Par71[1]
Length6,960 yards (6,364 m)[2]
Field96 players, 49 after cut[3]
Cut153 (+11)
Prize fund£3,750
$10,500
Winner's share£1,000
$2,800
Champion
Australia Peter Thomson
286 (+2)
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Hoylake is located in England
Hoylake
Hoylake
Location in England

The 1956 Open Championship was the 85th Open Championship, held 4–6 July at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. Two-time defending champion Peter Thomson of Australia won his third consecutive Open, three strokes ahead of runner-up Flory Van Donck of Belgium. It was the third of five Open titles for the 26-year-old Thomson.[1]

Qualifying took place on 2–3 July. Entries played 18 holes on the Championship course and 18 holes at Wallasey. With a record 360 entries it was decided that, for the first time, qualifying would be in groups of three rather than the usual two.[4] The number of qualifiers was limited to a maximum of 100. Ties for 100th place would not qualify. The qualifying score was 152 and 96 players qualified. Gary Player and Peter Thomson led the qualifiers on 140.[5] The maximum number of players making the cut after 36 holes was set at 50. Ties for 50th place did not make the cut. Prize money was unchanged with £1,000 for the winner out of a total purse of £3,750.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Peter Thomson  Australia 1954, 1955 70 70 72 74 286 +2 1
Henry Cotton  England 1934, 1937, 1948 72 76 71 74 293 +9 T6
Gene Sarazen  United States 1932 78 74 WD

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Bobby Locke  South Africa 1949, 1950, 1952 76 79 155 +13
Fred Daly  Northern Ireland 1947 77 81 158 +16
Dick Burton  England 1939 83 79 162 +20

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 4 July 1956

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Dennis Smalldon  Wales 68 –3
2 Enrique Bertolino  Argentina 69 –2
T3 Al Balding  Canada 70 –1
Eric Lester  England
Dave Thomas  Wales
Peter Thomson  Australia
T7 Carlos Celles  Spain 71 E
Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina
Ángel Miguel  Spain
Gary Player  South Africa
Flory Van Donck  Belgium

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 5 July 1956

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Peter Thomson  Australia 70-70=140 –2
T2 Enrique Bertolino  Argentina 69-72=141 –1
Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 71-70=141
T4 Ángel Miguel  Spain 71-74=145 +3
Flory Van Donck  Belgium 71-74=145
6 Eric Lester  England 70-76=146 +4
T7 Gary Player  South Africa 71-76=147 +5
Dennis Smalldon  Wales 68-79=147
T9 Henry Cotton  England 72-76=148 +6
Bernard Hunt  England 75-73=148
Mike Souchak  United States 74-74=148
Frank Stranahan  United States 72-76=148
Dave Thomas  Wales 70-78=148
Charlie Ward  England 73-75=148
Harry Weetman  England 72-76=148

Amateurs: Carr (+8), Sharp (+12), Jones (+12), Tate (+14), Shepperson (+17), Thirlwell (+18), Fogarty (+21).

Third round[edit]

Friday, 6 July 1956 - (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Peter Thomson  Australia 70-70-72=212 –1
2 Flory Van Donck  Belgium 71-74-70=215 +2
3 Enrique Bertolino  Argentina 69-72-76=217 +4
4 Henry Cotton  England 72-76-71=219 +6
T5 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 71-70-79=220 +7
Ángel Miguel  Spain 71-74-75=220
Gary Player  South Africa 71-76-73=220
Frank Stranahan  United States 72-76-72=220
9 Antonio Cerdá  Argentina 72-81-68=221 +8
T10 John Panton  Scotland 74-76-72=222 +9
Mike Souchak  United States 74-74-74=222

Final round[edit]

Friday, 6 July 1956 - (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ()
1 Peter Thomson  Australia 70-70-72-74=286 +2 1,000
2 Flory Van Donck  Belgium 71-74-70-74=289 +5 500
3 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 71-70-79-70=290 +6 350
4 Gary Player  South Africa 71-76-73-71=291 +7 200
5 John Panton  Scotland 74-76-72-70=292 +8 150
T6 Enrique Bertolino  Argentina 69-72-76-76=293 +9 87
Henry Cotton  England 72-76-71-74=293
T8 Antonio Cerdá  Argentina 72-81-68-73=294 +10 62
Mike Souchak  United States 74-74-74-72=294
T10 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 73-78-74-70=295 +11 40
Harry Weetman  England 72-76-75-72=295

Amateur: Carr (+22).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Thomson wins third straight British Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 7 July 1956. p. 11. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Smalldon leads British Open, Al Balding tied for third". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. 5 July 1956. p. 34.
  3. ^ "Media Guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 80. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  4. ^ "New measure in Open golf - Threesomes in two qualifying rounds". The Times. 7 June 1956. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Player and Thomson lead qualifiers in Open - Unexpected failure of Mills". The Times. 4 July 1956. p. 5.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1956 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1956 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 53°23′06″N 3°11′24″W / 53.385°N 3.190°W / 53.385; -3.190