1983 Open Championship

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1983 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 14–17 July 1983
Location Southport, England
Course(s) Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71[1]
Length 6,968 yards (6,372 m)[1]
Field 151 players
83 after 1st cut
63 after 2nd cut[1]
Cut 146 (+4) (1st cut)
217 (+4) (2nd cut))[1]
Prize fund £400,000
$600,000
Winner's share £40,000
$60,000
Champion
United States Tom Watson
275 (–9)
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 1983 Open Championship was the 112th Open Championship held 14–17 July at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. It was the sixth time the course had hosted, with the first in 1954. Tom Watson won his fifth Open Championship, one stroke ahead of runners-up Andy Bean and Hale Irwin.[2][3] It was his second consecutive Open win and third in the last four,[4] but was helped by Irwin 'whiffing' a one-inch putt on the 14th hole on the third day, which cost him a chance of a play-off with Watson for the tournament.

At age 33, this was Watson's eighth and final major title; he had won three of the last six majors.[5][6]

Watson was the fifth to win five Open Championships, last accomplished in 1965 by Peter Thomson, also at Royal Birkdale. He was the first to successfully defend the title in over a decade, since Lee Trevino in 1972 at Muirfield.[2] Of his five Open wins, this was the only one outside of Scotland.[7][8]

Seven years earlier at Royal Birkdale in 1976, defending champion Watson posted an 80 in the third round, finishing with a pair of sixes, and missed the 54-hole cut by a stroke.[9]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tom Watson  United States 1975, 1977,
1980, 1982
67 68 70 70 275 –9 1
Lee Trevino  United States 1971, 1972 69 66 73 70 278 –6 5
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1979 71 71 69 68 279 –5 T6
Bill Rogers  United States 1981 67 71 73 69 280 –4 T8
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1966, 1970, 1978 71 72 72 70 285 +1 T29
Tony Jacklin  England 1969 71 75 71 69 286 +2 T39
Tom Weiskopf  United States 1973 73 73 69 72 287 +3 T45
Arnold Palmer  United States 1961, 1962 72 74 68 75 289 +5 T56

Source:[1]

Missed the first cut[edit]

Player Country Years won R1 R2 Total To par
Gary Player  South Africa 1959, 1968, 1974 76 71 147 +5

Source:[1][10]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 14 July 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Craig Stadler  United States 64 –7
T2 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 67 –4
Bill Rogers  United States
Tom Watson  United States
T5 Nick Faldo  England 68 –3
Mike Ferguson  Australia
Vaughan Somers  Australia
Hal Sutton  United States
Sam Torrance  Scotland
T10 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 69 –2
David Dunk  England
Hubert Green  United States
Graham Marsh  Australia
Philip Parkin (a)  Wales
Lee Trevino  United States

Source:[11][12][13]

Second round[edit]

Friday, 15 July 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Craig Stadler  United States 64-70=134 –8
T2 Lee Trevino  United States 69-66=135 –7
Tom Watson  United States 67-68=135
4 Nick Faldo  England 68-68=136 –6
5 Hale Irwin  United States 69-68=137 –5
T6 Raymond Floyd  United States 72-66=138 –4
Terry Gale  Australia 72-66=138
Bill Rogers  United States 67-71=138
T9 Andy Bean  United States 70-69=139 –3
Denis Durnian  England 73-66=139
Bernhard Langer  West Germany 67-72=139
Graham Marsh  Australia 69-70=139
Hal Sutton  United States 68-71=139

Source:[10][14]
Amateurs: Parkin (+5), Gilford (+7), Plaxton (+12), Thompson (+12), Wood (+12), Hamer (+13), Thomas (+13), Crosby (+17).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 16 July 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Watson  United States 67-68-70=205 –8
2 Craig Stadler  United States 64-70-72=206 –7
T3 Nick Faldo  England 68-68-71=207 –6
Raymond Floyd  United States 72-66-69=207
David Graham  Australia 71-69-67=207
6 Lee Trevino  United States 69-66-73=208 –5
T7 Andy Bean  United States 70-69-70=209 –4
Hale Irwin  United States 69-68-72=209
Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe 72-69-68=209
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 71-71-67=209

Source:[1][15]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, 17 July 1983

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Tom Watson  United States 67-68-70-70=275 –9 40,000
T2 Andy Bean  United States 70-69-70-67=276 –8 23,000
Hale Irwin  United States 69-68-72-67=276
4 Graham Marsh  Australia 69-70-74-64=277 –7 15,000
5 Lee Trevino  United States 69-66-73-70=278 –6 13,600
T6 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 71-71-69-68=279 –5 12,250
Harold Henning  South Africa 71-69-70-69=279
T8 Denis Durnian  England 73-66-74-67=280 –4 9,625
Nick Faldo  England 68-68-71-73=280
Christy O'Connor Jnr  Ireland 72-69-71-68=280
Bill Rogers  United States 67-71-73-69=280

Source:[1][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. pp. 51, 203. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Paul, Ian (18 July 1983). "Watson picks up Open trophy − then drops it". Glasgow Herald. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Husar, John (18 July 1983). "Watson flashes the V sign". Chicago Tribune. p. 3, sec. 4. 
  4. ^ Radosta, John (18 July 1983). "Watson's birdie on 16th vaults him to 5th British Open crown". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. (New York Times). p. 12B. 
  5. ^ "Watson wins 5th in Britain". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. 25 July 1983. p. 15. 
  6. ^ Jenkins, Dan (25 July 1983). "Breaking clear of the crowd". Sports Illustrated. p. 12. 
  7. ^ "Tom Watson's four championships in the British Open". Chicago Tribune. 17 July 1983. p. 5, sec. 3. 
  8. ^ Husar, John (18 July 1983). "Watson strangles that choker label". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 4. 
  9. ^ "Ballesteros holds off world's best". Glasgow Herald. 10 July 1976. p. 16. 
  10. ^ a b Jacobs, Raymond (16 July 1983). "Gallant Faldo mounts close but lonely vigil". Glasgow Herald. p. 16. 
  11. ^ Husar, John (15 July 1983). "Stadler putts way into British lead". Chicago Tribune. p. 2, sec. 3. 
  12. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (15 July 1983). "Faldo steps out of Stadler's shadow". Glasgow Herald. p. 22. 
  13. ^ "Stadler's 64 puts him 3-up in British Open". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. 15 July 1983. p. 16B. 
  14. ^ Husar, John (15 July 1983). "Stadler holds on to lead". Chicago Tribune. p. 3, sec. 2. 
  15. ^ Husar, John (17 July 1983). "Watson overcomes 'hazard'". Chicago Tribune. p. 5, sec. 3. 
  16. ^ "1983 Open Championship results". databasegolf.com. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1983 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1983 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 53°37′19″N 3°01′59″W / 53.622°N 3.033°W / 53.622; -3.033