1965 Open Championship

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1965 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 7–9 July 1965
Location Southport, England
Course(s) Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Statistics
Par 73[1]
Length 7,037 yards (6,435 m)[1]
Field 130 players, 50 after cut[1]
Cut 149 (+3)
Prize fund £10,000
$28,000
Winner's share £1,750
$4,900[2]
Champion
Australia Peter Thomson
285 (−7)
Southport is located in England
Southport
Southport
Location in England
Royal Birkdale Golf Club is located in Southport
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Location in Southport, Merseyside,
north of Liverpool, England

The 1965 Open Championship was the 94th Open Championship, played 7–9 July at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. Peter Thomson won his fifth Claret Jug, two strokes ahead of runners-up Brian Huggett and Christy O'Connor Snr.[2][3] Thomson's previous Open victory was seven years earlier in 1958.[2][4][5]

The 1965 Open was the last to conclude with two rounds on Friday. Beginning in 1966, the final round was moved from Friday afternoon to Saturday. The Open used this schedule until 1980, when the first round moved to Thursday with the final round on Sunday, the same as the other three majors.

Field[edit]

The exemption categories were:

1. The first 20 and those tying for 20th place in the 1964 Open

2. The first 30 and those tying for 30th place in the P.G.A. Order of Merit for 1964

3. The last 10 Open champions (1955–64)

4. The last 5 Amateur champions (1960–64)

5. The last 10 U.S. Open champions (1955–64)

6. The last 5 U.S. Amateur champions (1960–64)

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

8. Members of the 1964 Great Britain and Ireland Eisenhower Cup team

9. Senior professional champions of Great Britain and the United States
Charlie Ward, Sam Snead

10. The 1965 U.S. Open champion
The U.S. Open took place after the final date for entries. The winner, Gary Player, was already exempt.

Source:[6]

Qualification took place on 2–3 July at Hillside and Southport and Ainsdale. They were run as two separate events with 41 players to qualify from Hillside, 40 from Southport and Ainsdale, together with 49 exemptions to make a total field of 130.[7] Clive Clark was later added to field after William C. Campbell failed to arrive. M.E. Hill also played after Frank Phillips withdrew.[8]

Prize money[edit]

The total prize money was increased from £8,500 to £10,000. The winner's share was increased to £1,750 with £1,250 for second, £1,000 for third, £750 for fourth, £600 for fifth, £450 for sixth, £375 for seventh.[6]

Course[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 493 427 416 212 320 468 158 459 410 3,363 393 412 190 517 202 536 401 510 513 3,674 7,037
Par 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 5 5 38 73

Source:[9][10]
Lengths of the course for previous Opens:[1]

  • 1961: 6,844 yards (6,258 m)
  • 1954: 6,867 yards (6,279 m)

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,
1956, 1958
74 68 72 71 285 −7 1
Tony Lema  United States 1964 68 72 75 74 289 −3 T5
Kel Nagle  Australia 1960 74 70 73 72 289 −3 T5
Max Faulkner  England 1951 74 72 74 73 293 +1 T10
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 70 71 75 79 295 +3 16
Gary Player  South Africa 1959 76 71 79 WD

Source:[3][4]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Sam Snead  United States 1946 74 76 150 +4
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 78 73 151 +5

Source:[10]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 7 July 1965

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tony Lema  United States 68 −5
2 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 69 −4
T3 Joe Carr (a)  Ireland 70 −3
Arnold Palmer  United States
5 Bruce Devlin  Australia 71 −2
T6 Brian Bamford  England 72 −1
Eric Brown  England
Christy Greene  Ireland
Ronnie Mandeville  England
Jimmy McAllister  Scotland
Sebastián Miguel  Spain
Lionel Platts  England
Doug Sewell  England
Guy Wolstenholme  England

Source:[11]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 8 July 1965

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Bruce Devlin  Australia 71-69=140 −6
Tony Lema  United States 68-72=140
T3 Brian Huggett  Wales 73-68=141 −5
Arnold Palmer  United States 70-71=141
T5 Hugh Boyle  Ireland 73-69=142 −4
Eric Brown  Scotland 72-70=142
Joe Carr (a)  Ireland 70-72=142
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 69-73=142
Peter Thomson  Australia 74-68=142
10 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 74-69=143 −3

Source:[10][12]
Amateurs: Carr (-4), Bonallack (+1), Burgess (+1), Clark (+4), Hadlock (+6), Shade (+6),
Foster (+7), Marsh (+7), Glover (+8), Birtwell (+9), Richards (+15), Marks (+17), McCandlish (+17)

Third round[edit]

Friday, 9 July 1965 - (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Peter Thomson  Australia 74-68-72=214 −5
T2 Bruce Devlin  Australia 71-69-75=215 −4
Tony Lema  United States 68-72-75=215
T4 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 74-69-73=216 −3
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 69-73-74=216
Arnold Palmer  United States 70-71-75=216
T7 Brian Huggett  Wales 73-68-76=217 −2
Sebastián Miguel  Spain 72-73-72=217
Kel Nagle  Australia 74-70-73=217
Lionel Platts  England 72-72-73=217

Source:[1][2][3][4]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 9 July 1965 - (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Peter Thomson  Australia 74-68-72-71=285 −7 1,750
T2 Brian Huggett  Wales 73-68-76-70=287 −5 1,125
Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 69-73-74-71=287
4 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 74-69-73-72=288 −4 750
T5 Bernard Hunt  England 74-74-70-71=289 −3 475
Tony Lema  United States 68-72-75-74=289
Kel Nagle  Australia 74-70-73-72=289
T8 Bruce Devlin  Australia 71-69-75-75=290 −2 275
Sebastián Miguel  Spain 72-73-72-73=290
T10 Max Faulkner  England 74-72-74-73=293 +1 185
John Panton  Scotland 74-74-75-70=293

Source:[1][2][3][4]
Amateurs: Burgess (+7), Bonallack (+10), Carr (+10)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 71, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Sixth title goal of British champ". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. 10 July 1965. p. 8. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jacobs, Raymond (10 July 1965). "Open golf title for Thomson". Glasgow Herald. p. 1. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Thomson wins 5th British title". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. 10 July 1965. p. 1, sec. 2. 
  5. ^ Lovesey, John (19 July 1965). "A man from Down Under laughs it up". Sports Illustrated. p. 16. 
  6. ^ a b Jacobs, Raymond (17 December 1964). "Open Championship more valuable - Prize-money up to £10,000". Glasgow Herald. p. 6. 
  7. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (3 July 1965). "Palmer returns to Birkdale – Practice on altered course". Glasgow Herald. p. 5. 
  8. ^ "C.A. Clark plays at Birkdale". Glasgow Herald. 7 July 1965. p. 6. 
  9. ^ "Royal Birkdale card". Glasgow Herald. 8 July 1965. p. 6. 
  10. ^ a b c Jacobs, Raymond (9 July 1965). "Devlin shares with Lema". Glasgow Herald. p. 6. 
  11. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (8 July 1965). "Lema leads in Open with 68". Glasgow Herald. p. 6. 
  12. ^ "Devlin, Lema tied in British Open". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. 9 July 1965. p. 1, sec. 3. 

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