1968 Open Championship

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1968 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 10–13 July 1968
Location Angus, Scotland
Course(s) Carnoustie Golf Links
Championship Course
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 7,252 yards (6,631 m)[1]
Field 130 players
70 after 1st cut
45 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut 155 (+11) (1st cut)
228 (+12) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund £20,000[1]
Winner's share £3,000
$7,200
Champion
South Africa Gary Player
289 (+1)
Carnoustie is located in Scotland
Carnoustie
Carnoustie
Location in Scotland

The 1968 Open Championship was the 97th Open Championship, played 10–13 July at Carnoustie Golf Links. Gary Player won the second of his three Open titles, two strokes ahead of runners-up Bob Charles and Jack Nicklaus.[2] It was the fifth of Player's nine major titles.

This Open introduced the second cut at 54 holes, used through 1985. In addition, starting with this Championship all past Open champions were exempt from qualifying (though, eventually, an age restriction was placed on past champions).

The inaugural Greater Milwaukee Open was held in the United States during the same week, with a first prize of $40,000, over five times the winner's share of the Open Championship, which was $7,200 (£3,000).

The PGA Championship was played the next week in San Antonio, Texas, the fifth and final time in the 1960s that these two majors were played in consecutive weeks in July. The PGA Championship moved permanently to August in 1969 (except 1971, when it was played in late February).

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Gary Player  South Africa 1959 74 71 71 73 289 +1 1
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966 76 69 73 73 291 +3 T2
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 72 72 71 76 291 +3 T2
Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 1967 77 72 74 74 297 +9 T10
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 77 71 72 77 297 +9 T10
Kel Nagle  Australia 1960 74 75 75 74 298 +10 T13
Peter Thomson  Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
77 71 78 75 301 +13 T24

Missed the first cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Max Faulkner  England 1951 74 82 156 +12
Dick Burton  England 1939 88 84 172 +28

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 10 July 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Brian Barnes  Scotland 70 −2
Michael Bonallack (a)  England
T3 Maurice Bembridge  England 71 −1
Peter Mills  England
T5 Billy Casper  United States 72 E
Bob Charles  New Zealand
Tony Jacklin  England
Paddy Skerritt  Ireland
T9 Peter Alliss  England 73 +1
Billy Casper  United States
Sebastián Miguel  Spain
Sandy Wilson  Scotland

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 11 July 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Billy Casper  United States 72-68=140 −4
T2 Brian Barnes  Scotland 70-74=144 E
Bob Charles  New Zealand 72-72=144
Tony Jacklin  England 72-72=144
T5 Jack Nicklaus  United States 76-69=145 +1
Gary Player  South Africa 74-71=145
Paddy Skerritt  Ireland 72-73=145
T8 Maurice Bembridge  England 71-75=146 +2
Dave Thomas  Wales 75-71=146
T10 Harry Bannerman  Scotland 74-73=147 +3
Michael Bonallack (a)  England 70-77=147
Gay Brewer  United States 74-73=147
Brian Huggett  Wales 76-71=147
Peter Mills  England 71-76=147

Amateurs: Bonallack (+3), Monguzzi (+8), O'Connor (+12), Sweeny Jr (+12), Shade (+13), Oosterhuis (+16), Saddler (+16).

Third round[edit]

Friday, 13 July 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Billy Casper  United States 72-68-74=214 −2
2 Bob Charles  New Zealand 72-72-71=215 −1
3 Gary Player  South Africa 74-71-71=216 E
4 Jack Nicklaus  United States 76-69-73=218 +2
T5 Maurice Bembridge  England 71-75-73=219 +3
Gay Brewer  United States 74-73-72=219
Tony Jacklin  England 72-72-75=219
8 Arnold Palmer  United States 77-71-72=220 +4
9 Michael Bonallack (a)  England 70-77-74=221 +5
T10 Neil Coles  United States 75-76-71=222 +6
Bruce Devlin  Australia 77-73-72=222
Brian Huggett  Wales 76-71-75=222
Paddy Skerritt  Ireland 72-73-77=222

Amateurs: Bonallack (+5), Monguzzi (+18).

Final round[edit]

Saturday, 13 July 1968

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Gary Player  South Africa 74-71-71-73=289 +1 3,000
T2 Bob Charles  New Zealand 72-72-71-76=291 +3 1,738
Jack Nicklaus  United States 76-69-73-73=291
4 Billy Casper  United States 72-68-74-78=292 +4 1,225
5 Maurice Bembridge  England 71-75-73-74=293 +5 1,000
T6 Brian Barnes  Scotland 70-74-80-71=295 +7 658
Gay Brewer  United States 74-73-72-76=295
Neil Coles  England 75-76-71-73=295
9 Al Balding  Canada 74-76-74-72=296 +8 475
T10 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 77-72-74-74=297 +9 402
Bruce Devlin  Australia 77-73-72-75=297
Arnold Palmer  United States 77-71-72-77=297

Amateurs: Bonallack (+12).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 68, 203–8. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Brown, Gwilym S . (22 July 1968). "A sweet win on a sour links". Sports Illustrated. p. 20. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 56°29′49″N 2°43′01″W / 56.497°N 2.717°W / 56.497; -2.717