1975 Open Championship

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1975 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 9–13 July 1975
Location Angus, Scotland
Course(s) Carnoustie Golf Links
Championship Course
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 7,065 yards (6,460 m)[1][2]
Field 153 players
86 after 1st cut
63 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut 149 (+5) (1st cut)
221 (+5) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund £75,000[1]
$165,000
Winner's share £7,500
$16,500
Champion
United States Tom Watson
279 (−9), playoff
Carnoustie is located in Scotland
Carnoustie
Carnoustie
Location in Scotland
Carnoustie is located in Angus
Carnoustie
Carnoustie
Location in Angus, Scotland

The 1975 Open Championship was the 104th Open Championship, played 9–13 July at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. In his first Open, Tom Watson won an 18-hole playoff by one stroke over Jack Newton to win the first of his eight major titles,[3][4][5] which included five Open Championships.

Final round[edit]

After three days of calm weather, the wind kicked up during the final round on Saturday and scores went up. Bobby Cole, the leader at 54 holes after back-to-back rounds of 66, shot a four-over 76 and missed the playoff by a stroke. Watson managed an even-par 72, capped with a 20-foot (6 m) birdie putt on the 72nd hole to tie Newton, who shot 74 (+2).

Playoff[edit]

The Sunday playoff was back-and-forth in the rain,[3] and included a chip-in eagle by Watson at the 14th hole, the short par-5 named "Spectacles." Newton had chipped to within inches and tapped in for birdie. The two were tied at the 18th tee, the par-4 "Home" with the meandering Barry Burn.[4] Watson was on the 90th green in two with about 25 feet (8 m) for birdie, but Newton's approach ended in the front left bunker. Newton's lengthy sand shot ran 10 feet (3 m) past the hole. After Watson had safely two-putted for par, Newton's putt to save par and extend the match missed left and Watson won the title.[4][6][7]

This was the second and final 18-hole playoff at the Open; the first was in 1970, won by Jack Nicklaus. The format was changed to a four-hole aggregate playoff in 1985, first used in 1989.[8] Prior to 1964, the playoff at the Open was 36 holes.[1]

Course layout[edit]

Carnoustie Golf Links – Championship Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Cup 406 4 10 South America 453 4
2 Gulley 464 4 11 Dyke 372 4
3 Jockie's Burn 348 4 12 Southward Ho 478 5
4 Hillocks 379 4 13 Whins 166 3
5 Brae 397 4 14 Spectacles 488 5
6 Long ^ 524 5 15 Lucky Slap 461 4
7 Plantation 397 4 16 Barry Burn 235 3
8 Short 174 3 17 Island 454 4
9 Railway 421 4 18 Home 448 4
Out 3,510 36 In 3,555 36
Source:[2][4] Total 7,065 72

^ The 6th hole was renamed Hogan's Alley in 2003

Lengths of the course for previous Opens:

  • 1968: 7,252 yards (6,631 m), par 72
  • 1953: 7,200 yards (6,585 m), par 72
  • 1937: 7,200 yards (6,585 m), par 72
  • 1931: 6,701 yards (6,127 m), par 72

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970 69 71 68 72 280 −8 T3
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 74 73 70 69 286 −2 T12
Tom Weiskopf  United States 1973 73 72 70 72 287 −1 15
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 74 72 69 73 288 E T16
Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 1967 71 74 72 74 291 +3 T28
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 75 71 73 73 292 +4 T32
Lee Trevino  United States 1971, 1972 76 69 73 75 293 +5 T40
Kel Nagle  Australia 1960 72 73 73 75 293 +5 T40

Missed the second cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Peter Thomson  Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
73 75 81 229 +13

Missed the first cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Max Faulkner  England 1951 75 80 155 +11
Bobby Locke  South Africa 1949, 1950,
1952, 1957
82 80 162 +18

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 9 July 1975

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Peter Oosterhuis  England 68 −4
T2 David Huish  Scotland 69 −3
Hale Irwin  United States
Jack Newton  Australia
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Andries Oosthuizen  South Africa
Bob Shearer  Australia
T8 Danny Edwards  United States 70 −2
Simon Hobday  South Africa
Paul Leonard  Northern Ireland
Alan Tapie  United States

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 10 July 1975

Place Player Country Score To par
1 David Huish  Scotland 69-67=136 −8
T2 Bobby Cole  South Africa 72-66=138 −6
Peter Oosterhuis  England 68-70=138
Andries Oosthuizen  South Africa 69-69=138
Tom Watson  United States 71-67=138
T6 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland 72-67=139 −5
Hale Irwin  United States 69-70=139
Paul Leonard  Northern Ireland 70-69=139
John Mahaffey  United States 71-68=139
Graham Marsh  Australia 72-67=139

Source:[9]

Amateurs: Stephen (+1), Poxon (+5), Stadler (+5), Price (+10), Levenson (+13).

Third round[edit]

Friday, 11 July 1975

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Cole  South Africa 72-66-66=204 −12
2 Jack Newton  Australia 69-71-65=205 −11
3 Johnny Miller  United States 71-69-66=206 −10
4 Tom Watson  United States 71-67-69=207 −9
T5 Neil Coles  England 72-69-67=208 −8
Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-71-68=208
Hale Irwin  United States 69-70-69=208
John Mahaffey  United States 71-68-69=208
Andries Oosthuizen  South Africa 69-69-70=208
T10 Alan Tapie  United States 70-72-67=209 −7
Peter Oosterhuis  England 68-70-71=209

Amateurs: Stadler (+7), Stephen (+7), Poxon (+11).

Final round[edit]

Saturday, 12 July 1975

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
T1 Tom Watson  United States 71-67-69-72=279 −9 Playoff
Jack Newton  Australia 69-71-65-74=279
T3 Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-71-68-72=280 −8 3,867
Johnny Miller  United States 71-69-66-74=280
Bobby Cole  South Africa 72-66-66-76=280
6 Graham Marsh  Australia 72-67-71-71=281 −7 3,000
T7 Peter Oosterhuis  England 68-70-71-73=282 −6 2,700
Neil Coles  England 72-69-67-74=282
9 Hale Irwin  United States 69-70-69-75=283 −5 2,400
T10 George Burns  United States 71-73-69-71=284 −4 2,125
John Mahaffey  United States 71-68-69-76=284

Source:[10]

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, 13 July 1975

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Tom Watson  United States 36-35=71 −1 7,500
2 Jack Newton  Australia 36-36=72 E 6,000

Scorecard[edit]

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 5 4 3 4 4
United States Watson E −1 −1 −1 E E E E E E E E E −2 −2 −1 −1 −1
Australia Newton E E +1 +1 +1 E E E E E E −1 E −1 −1 −1 −1 E

Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 61, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Card of the course". Glasgow Herald. Scotland. 9 July 1975. p. 19. 
  3. ^ a b Gillies, Charles (14 July 1975). "Champion Tom was singing in the rain". Glasgow Herald. Scotland. p. 1. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Jacobs, Raymond (14 July 1975). "Watson puts on his Sunday best". Glasgow Herald. Scotland. p. 16. 
  5. ^ "Cool Watson wins". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 14 July 1975. p. 1, part 2. 
  6. ^ "Watson cashes eagle chip". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. 14 July 1975. p. 15. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Jenkins, Dan (21 July 1975). "The beast brought out his best". Sports Illustrated. p. 18. 
  8. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (24 July 1989). "Calcavecchia wins British Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 9. 
  9. ^ "Cole tames Carnoustie". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. 10 July 1975. p. 40. 
  10. ^ "1975 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

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