1981 Open Championship

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1981 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates16–19 July 1981
LocationSandwich, England
Course(s)Royal St George's Golf Club
Tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par70[1]
Length6,827 yards (6,243 m)[1]
Field153 players
81 after 1st cut
61 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut150 (+10) (1st cut)
222 (+12) (2nd cut)[1]
Prize fund£200,000
$400,000
Winner's share£25,000
$50,000
Champion
United States Bill Rogers
276 (–4)
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The 1981 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 110th Open Championship, held from 16–19 July at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Bill Rogers won his only major championship, four strokes ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer.[2] The Open returned to Royal St. George's for the first time since 1949, making it a new venue for all; no former champions finished in the top ten.[3]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Lee Trevino  United States 1971, 1972 77 67 70 73 287 +7 T11
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970, 1978 83 66 71 70 290 +10 T23
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 72 74 73 71 290 +10 T23
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977, 1980 73 69 75 73 290 +10 T23
Tony Jacklin  England 1969 71 71 73 75 290 +10 T23
Bob Charles  New Zealand 1963 77 71 71 73 292 +12 T35
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979 75 72 74 72 293 +13 T39
Johnny Miller  United States 1976 71 73 73 76 293 +13 T39

Missed the second cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 81 68 75 224 +14

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 16 July 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Vicente Fernández  Argentina 70 E
Nick Job  England
T3 Isao Aoki  Japan 71 +1
David Graham  Australia
Tony Jacklin  England
Johnny Miller  United States
Simon Owen  New Zealand
Hal Sutton (a)  United States
T9 Howard Clark  England 72 +2
Ben Crenshaw  United States
David Jagger  England
Mark James  England
Greg Norman  Australia
Arnold Palmer  United States
Bill Rogers  United States
Sam Torrance  Scotland

Second round[edit]

Friday, 17 July 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bill Rogers  United States 72-66=138 –2
T2 Ben Crenshaw  United States 72-67=139 –1
Nick Job  England 70-69=139
4 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 73-67=140 E
5 Sam Torrance  Scotland 72-69=141 +1
T6 David Graham  Australia 71-71=142 +2
Tony Jacklin  England 71-71=142
Mark James  England 72-70=142
Tom Watson  United States 73-69=142
T10 Gordon J. Brand  England 78-65=143 +3
Bill Dunk  Australia 76-67=143
Trevor Powell  Wales 75-68=143
Peter Townsend  England 73-70=143

Amateurs: Godwin (+6), Evans (+8), Sutton (+8), Chapman (+10), Keppler (+10), Walton (+10), Young (+10), Brand (+12), R. Mitchell (+12), Sherborne (+12), Ploujoux (+14), Thomas (+14), Blakeman (+15), Planchin (+15), Seamer (+15), Ling (+17), C. Mitchell (+18), Pook (+19), Ambridge (+20), Heib (+22), Lawrence (+23), Hall (+24), Sviland (+24).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 18 July 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bill Rogers  United States 72-66-67=205 –5
T2 Mark James  England 72-70-68=210 E
Bernhard Langer  West Germany 73-67-70=210
T4 Isao Aoki  Japan 71-73-69=213 +3
Raymond Floyd  United States 74-70-69=213
T6 Nick Faldo  England 77-68-69=214 +4
Nick Job  England 70-69-75=214
Sam Torrance  Scotland 72-69-73=214
Lee Trevino  United States 77-67-70=214
T10 Ben Crenshaw  United States 72-67-76=215 +5
Tony Jacklin  England 71-71-73=215
Brian Jones  Australia 73-76-66=215
Simon Owen  New Zealand 71-74-70=215
Jerry Pate  United States 73-73-69=215
Manuel Piñero Spain Spain 73-74-68=215

Amateurs: Godwin (+8), Sutton (+11), Keppler (+13), Evans (+15), Young (+15), Chapman (+16), Walton (+16).

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 19 July 1981

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Bill Rogers  United States 72-66-67-71=276 –4 25,000
2 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 73-67-70-70=280 E 17,500
T3 Raymond Floyd  United States 74-70-69-70=283 +3 11,750
Mark James  England 72-70-68-73=283
5 Sam Torrance  Scotland 72-69-73-70=284 +4 8,500
T6 Bruce Lietzke  United States 76-69-71-69=285 +5 7,750
Manuel Piñero Spain Spain 73-74-68-70=285
T8 Howard Clark  England 72-76-70-68=286 +6 6,500
Ben Crenshaw  United States 72-67-76-71=286
Brian Jones  Australia 73-76-66-71=286

Amateurs: Sutton (+15), Godwin (+19)
Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 55, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Rogers wins British Open by four shots". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 20 July 1981. p. 11.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (27 July 1981). "Nine centuries later, Bill the Conqueror". Sports Illustrated. p. 22.
  4. ^ "1981 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 13 July 2012.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1981 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1981 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 51°16′26″N 1°22′01″E / 51.274°N 1.367°E / 51.274; 1.367