1964 Open Championship

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1964 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates8–10 July 1964
LocationSt Andrews, Scotland
Course(s)Old Course at St Andrews
Statistics
Par72[1]
Length6,926 yards (6,333 m)[1]
Field120 players, 45 after cut
Cut153 (+9)[1]
Prize fund8,500
$23,800
Winner's share₤1,500
$4,200
Champion
United States Tony Lema
279 (−9)
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St Andrews  is located in Scotland
St Andrews 
St Andrews 
Location in Scotland
St Andrews  is located in Fife
St Andrews 
St Andrews 
Location in Fife, Scotland

The 1964 Open Championship was the 93rd Open Championship, played 8–10 July at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. Tony Lema won his only major championship, five strokes ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus.[2][3][4][5] He led by seven strokes after 54 holes and shot a final round 70.[6] Neither had played the Old Course before and Lema had never played in Britain;[7] he gave much of the credit for his victory to his caddy, Tip Anderson.[8] It was Lema's fourth victory in six weeks; he won three events on the PGA Tour in June. Nicklaus equaled the course record with a 66 in the third round.[7]

The PGA Championship was played the next week in Columbus, Ohio, one of five times in the 1960s that these two majors were played in consecutive weeks in July.

Lema played in two more Opens; two weeks after competing in 1966 at Muirfield, he and his pregnant wife were killed in a plane crash near Chicago.[9][10][11]

Course[edit]

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Burn 374 4 10 Tenth ^ 338 4
2 Dyke 411 4 11 High (In) 170 3
3 Cartgate (Out) 370 4 12 Heathery (In) 312 4
4 Ginger Beer 470 4 13 Hole O'Cross (In) 427 4
5 Hole O'Cross (Out) 567 5 14 Long 560 5
6 Heathery (Out) 414 4 15 Cartgate (In) 413 4
7 High (Out) 364 4 16 Corner of the Dyke 380 4
8 Short 163 3 17 Road 453 4
9 End 359 4 18 Tom Morris 381 4
Out 3,492 36 In 3,434 36
Source:[12][13] Total 6,926 72

^ The 10th hole was posthumously named for Bobby Jones in 1972

Previous lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):[1]

Field[edit]

The exemption categories were:

1. The first 20 and those tying for 20th place in the 1963 Open
Brian Allen, Peter Alliss, Bob Charles (3), Neil Coles, Max Faulkner, Jean Garaïalde, Harold Henning, Brian Huggett, Bernard Hunt, Alex King, Malcolm Leeder, Hugh Lewis, Ian MacDonald, John MacDonald, Sebastian Miguel, Kel Nagle (3), Jack Nicklaus (5), Christy O'Connor Snr, Frank Phillips, Gary Player (3), Phil Rodgers, Sewsunker Sewgolum, Ramón Sota, Peter Thomson (3), Brian Wilkes

2. The first 30 and those tying for 30th place in the P.G.A. Order of Merit for 1963

3. The last 10 Open champions (1954–63)
Bobby Locke

4. The last 5 Amateur champions (1959–63)
Deane Beman (6) (a), Michael Bonallack (a), Joe Carr (a)

5. The last 10 U.S. Open champions (1954–63)

6. The last 5 U.S. Amateur champions (1959–63)

Jack Nicklaus had turned professional but was exempt under other categories

7. The first 30 money winners and those tying for 30th place in the U.S.P.G.A. official list for one year ending with the P.G.A. tournament immediately before the closing date of the U.S. Open entries

[15]

Exemptions for amateur champions were only granted if the player was still an amateur.

Qualification took place on 3–4 July (Friday and Saturday) at the New and Eden courses.[15] They were run as two separate events with 35 players to qualify from the New Course and 34 from the Eden course, together with 51 exemptions to make a total field of 120. The number of alternates was reduced from three to two.[16]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Gary Player  South Africa 1959 78 71 73 70 292 +4 T8
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 79 71 69 78 297 +9 T17
Peter Thomson  Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958
79 73 72 75 299 +11 T24
Max Faulkner  England 1951 73 73 80 78 304 +16 T38
Kel Nagle  Australia 1960 77 76 80 80 313 +25 45

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Years won R1 R2 Total To par
Bobby Locke  South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
78 78 156 +12

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 8 July 1964

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jean Garaïalde  France 71 −1
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland
T3 Bruce Devlin  Australia 72 E
Harry Weetman  England
T5 Hugh Boyle  Ireland 73 +1
Max Faulkner  England
Bernard Hunt  England
Tony Lema  United States
Ángel Miguel  Spain
T10 Stuart Davies  South Africa 74 +2
Christy Greene  Ireland
Jimmy Martin  Ireland
Phil Rodgers  United States
George Will  Scotland

Source:[17][18]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 9 July 1964

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tony Lema  United States 73-68=141 −3
2 Harry Weetman  England 72-71=143 −1
T3 Bruce Devlin  Australia 72-72=144 E
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 71-73=144
5 Jean Garaïalde  France 71-74=145 +1
T6 Max Faulkner  England 73-73=146 +2
Jimmy Martin  Ireland 74-72=146
T8 Tony Coop  England 75-72=147 +3
Bernard Hunt  England 73-74=147
Lu Liang-Huan  Taiwan 76-71=147

Source:[1][13][19]
Amateurs: Beman (+13), Bonallack (+13), Carr (+13), Clark (+16), Rutherford (+17), Saddler (+17), Shade (+21).

Third round[edit]

Friday, 10 July 1964 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tony Lema  United States 73-68-68=209 −7
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 76-74-66=216 E
T3 Bruce Devlin  Australia 72-72-73=217 +1
Bernard Hunt  England 73-74-70=217
T5 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 76-72-70=218 +2
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 71-73-74=218
Harry Weetman  England 72-71-75=218
8 Bob Charles  New Zealand 79-71-69=219 +3
9 Ángel Miguel  Spain 73-76-72=221 +5
T10 Alex Caygill  England 77-74-71=222 +6
Stuart Davies  South Africa 74-77-71=222
Malcolm Gregson  England 78-70-74=222
Harold Henning  South Africa 78-73-71=222
Ralph Moffitt  England 76-72-74=222
Gary Player  South Africa 78-71-73=222
Syd Scott  England 75-74-73=222

Source:[1][2][4]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 10 July 1964 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ()
1 Tony Lema  United States 73-68-68-70=279 −9 1,500
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 76-74-66-68=284 −4 1,000
3 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 76-72-70-67=285 −3 800
4 Bernard Hunt  England 73-74-70-70=287 −1 650
5 Bruce Devlin  Australia 72-72-73-73=290 +2 500
T6 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 71-73-74-73=291 +3 313
Harry Weetman  England 72-71-75-73=291
T8 Harold Henning  South Africa 78-73-71-70=292 +4 183
Ángel Miguel  Spain 73-76-72-71=292
Gary Player  South Africa 78-71-73-70=292

Source:[1][2][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 72, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Jacobs, Raymond (11 July 1964). "Lema champion at first attempt". Glasgow Herald. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Lema wins British Open by 5 strokes". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. 11 July 1964. p. 1, sec. 2.
  4. ^ a b c Farrow, John (10 July 1964). "Lema nabs British Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 3B.
  5. ^ Lovesey, John (20 July 1964). "Victorious crusade in the Valley of Sin". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
  6. ^ "Lema staves off Nicklaus, grabs British Open title". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Reuters. 11 July 1964. p. 8.
  7. ^ a b "Lema winner of British Open". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. 11 July 1964. p. 14.
  8. ^ "'World's greatest caddy' carried Lema to victory". Miami News. Associated Press. 11 July 1964. p. 1B.
  9. ^ "Lema, 3 others die". Chicago Tribune. 25 July 1966. p. 1, sec. 1.
  10. ^ "Lema plane crash probed". Milwaukee Sentinel. United Press International. 26 July 1966. p. 1-sports.
  11. ^ Fimrite, Ron (31 July 1995). "The toast of golf". Sports Illustrated. p. G14.
  12. ^ "Card of Old course". Glasgow Herald. 9 July 1964. p. 6.
  13. ^ a b Jacobs, Raymond (10 July 1964). "Lema's magnificent round of 68". Glasgow Herald. p. 1.
  14. ^ "Tough task in Open golf – Arrangements for practice". The Times. 3 July 1964. p. 4.
  15. ^ a b "Open's Conditions of Play". Glasgow Herald. (R. & A. announcement). 14 January 1964. p. 6.
  16. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (3 July 1964). "Field of 247 play for 69 Open places – First qualifying round". Glasgow Herald. p. 6.
  17. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (9 July 1964). "The Old Course bares its teeth". Glasgow Herald. p. 1.
  18. ^ "U.S. stars trail in British Open". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. 9 July 1964. p. 1, sec. 3.
  19. ^ "Lema leads in British Open". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. 10 July 1964. p. 1, sec. 3.

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