1979 Open Championship

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1979 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates18–21 July 1979
LocationLancashire, England
Course(s)Royal Lytham & St Annes
Golf Club
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71[1]
Length6,822 yards (6,238 m)[1][2]
Field152 players
82 after 1st cut
61 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut152 (+10) (1st cut)
227 (+14) (2nd cut)
Prize fund£155,000[1]
$325,000
Winner's share£15,000[1][3]
$31,500
Champion
Spain Seve Ballesteros
283 (−1)
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Lytham & St Annes is located in England
Lytham & St Annes
Lytham &
St Annes
Location in England
Lytham & St Annes is located in Lancashire
Lytham & St Annes
Lytham &
St Annes
Location in Lancashire. England

The 1979 Open Championship was the 108th Open Championship, held 18–21 July at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. Seve Ballesteros, 22, won the first of his five major titles, three strokes ahead of runners-up Jack Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw.[4] It was the first of his three Open Championship victories; he raised the Claret Jug again in 1984 and 1988.[5][6]

This was the last Open scheduled to end on Saturday;[7] in 1980 it moved to a Sunday final round, similar to the other three majors.

Course[edit]

Hole Yards Par    Hole Yards Par
1 206 3 10 334 4
2 436 4 11 542 5
3 458 4 12 201 3
4 393 4 13 339 4
5 212 3 14 445 4
6 486 5 15 468 4
7 551 5 16 356 4
8 394 4 17 453 4
9 162 3 18 386 4
Out 3,298 35 In 3,524 36
Source:[2] Total 6,822 71

Hole #6 was a par 4 in 2012.

7th hole green in 2009

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

  • 1974: 6,822 yards (6,238 m), par 71
  • 1969: 6,848 yards (6,262 m), par 71
  • 1963: 6,836 yards (6,251 m), par 70
  • 1958: 6,635 yards (6,067 m), par 71
  • 1952: 6,657 yards (6,087 m)

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, 1978 72 69 73 72 286 +2 T2
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 78 72 70 72 292 +8 T10
Lee Trevino  United States 1971, 1972 71 73 74 76 294 +10 T17
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 77 74 69 75 295 +11 T19
Tony Jacklin  England 1969 73 74 76 73 296 +12 T24
Peter Thomson  Australia 1954, 1955,
1956, 1958, 1965
76 75 72 74 297 +13 T26
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977 72 68 76 81 297 +13 T26
Johnny Miller  United States 1976 77 73 77 76 303 +19 T57

Source:[1][6]

Missed the first cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Tom Weiskopf  United States 1973 79 75 154 +12
Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 1967 79 82 161 +19

Source:[1][8]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 18 July 1979

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bill Longmuir  Scotland 65 −6
2 Hale Irwin  United States 68 −3
3 Jerry Pate  United States 69 −2
4 Isao Aoki  Japan 70 −1
T5 Terry Gale  Australia 71 E
Peter McEvoy (a)  England
Orville Moody  United States
Lee Trevino  United States
T9 Hugh Baiocchi  South Africa 72 +1
Ken Brown  Scotland
Dennis Clark  New Zealand
Ben Crenshaw  United States
Gary Cullen  England
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Tom Watson  United States

Source:[9]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 19 July 1979

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hale Irwin  United States 68-68=136 −6
2 Seve Ballesteros Spain Spain 73-65=138 −4
3 Bill Longmuir  Scotland 65-74=139 −3
4 Tom Watson  United States 72-68=140 −2
T5 Dennis Clark  New Zealand 72-69=141 −1
Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-69=141
7 Graham Marsh  Australia 74-68=142 E
T8 Ken Brown  Scotland 72-71=143 +1
Bob Byman  United States 73-70=143
Ben Crenshaw  United States 72-71=143
Jerry Pate  United States 69-74=143

Source:[8]

Amateurs: McEvoy (+3), Player (+8), Hallberg (+14), Hoad (+15),
                 Bennett (+17), Myers (+18), Guy (+20), Whelan (+23).

Third round[edit]

Friday, 20 July 1979

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hale Irwin  United States 68-68-75=211 −2
2 Seve Ballesteros Spain Spain 73-65-75=213 E
T3 Mark James  England 76-69-69=214 +1
Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-69-73=214
T5 Rodger Davis  Australia 75-70-70=215 +2
Bob Byman  United States 73-70-72=215
Ben Crenshaw  United States 72-71-72=215
T8 Isao Aoki  Japan 70-74-72=216 +3
Greg Norman  Australia 73-71-72=216
Tom Watson  United States 72-68-76=216
Bill Longmuir  Scotland 65-74-77=216

Amateurs: McEvoy (+4), Player (+19).

Final round[edit]

Saturday, 21 July 1979

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Seve Ballesteros Spain Spain 73-65-75-70=283 −1 15,000
T2 Ben Crenshaw  United States 72-71-72-71=286 +2 11,250
Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-69-73-72=286
4 Mark James  England 76-69-69-73=287 +3 7,500
5 Rodger Davis  Australia 75-70-70-73=288 +4 6,500
6 Hale Irwin  United States 68-68-75-78=289 +5 6,000
T7 Graham Marsh  Australia 74-68-75-74=291 +7 5,000
Isao Aoki  Japan 70-74-72-75=291
Bob Byman  United States 73-70-72-76=291
T10 Bob Charles  New Zealand 78-72-70-72=292 +8 4,000
Masashi Ozaki  Japan 75-69-75-73=292
Greg Norman  Australia 73-71-72-76=292

Source:[1][6][10][11][12]

Amateurs: McEvoy (+10)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 57, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The course only tigers can tame". Glasgow Herald. 18 July 1979. p. 17.
  3. ^ Bonk, Thomas (14 July 1988). "There's nothing like it: British Open course set apart by history and other factors". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (30 July 1979). "Adios, amigos". Sports Illustrated.
  5. ^ Lipica, Mike (22 July 1979). "Ballesteros wins British". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 4.
  6. ^ a b c Jacobs, Raymond (23 July 1979). "A wayward win much in character". Glasgow Herald. p. 16.
  7. ^ "Spaniard overtakes the Yanks". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. 22 July 1979. p. 1B.
  8. ^ a b Jacobs, Raymond (20 July 1979). "Sevvy has 65 – but Irwin leads". Glasgow Herald. p. 24.
  9. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (19 July 1979). "Longmuir blazes the Open trail". Glasgow Herald. p. 16.
  10. ^ "Leaderboard: 1979". The Open Championship. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  11. ^ "The 108th Open Golf Championship: (1979) leaderboard". European Tour. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  12. ^ "1979 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1979 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1979 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 53°44′58″N 3°01′05″W / 53.7495°N 3.018°W / 53.7495; -3.018