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1963 British Open

 

The 1963 British Open was the 92nd time the tournament was played, and it ended with a playoff.

Winner: Bob Charles, 277

Where it was played: Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lytham St. Annes, England

Tournament dates: July 10-13, 1963

Leader after first round: Peter Thomson and Phil Rodgers, 67

Leader after second round: Phil Rodgers, 135

Leader after third round: Bob Charles, 206

Notable Notes: Bob Charles and Phil Rodgers shot 71 and 69 respectively, tying after 72 holes (with Jack Nicklaus one shot behind). That required a playoff, and in 1963 the British Open playoff format was 36 holes. Charles took a 3-stroke lead after the first 18 holes of the playoff, then pulled away over the second 18, eventually winning by eight shots (140 to 148). Charles was the first left-handed golfer to win a major championship.

Final Scores
Bob Charles 68-72-66-71--277
Phil Rodgers 67-68-73-69--277
Jack Nicklaus 71-67-70-70--278
Kel Nagle 69-70-73-71--283
Peter Thomson 67-69-71-78--285
Christy O'Connor Sr. 74-68-76-68--286
Gary Player 75-70-72-70--287
Ramon Sota 69-73-73-72--287
Jean Garaialde 72-69-72-75--288
Sebastian Miguel 73-69-73-73--288
Bernard Hunt 72-71-73-73--289
Alex King 71-73-73-72--289
Sewsunker Sewgolum 71-74-73-72--290
Brian Allen 75-71-71-74--291
Brian Huggett 73-74-70-74--291
Hugh Lewis 71-77-69-74--291
Ian MacDonald 71-71-74-75--291
Peter Alliss 71-74-77-70--292
Frank Phillips 70-73-75-74--292
Neil Coles 73-75-72-73--293
Max Faulkner 77-71-71-74--293
Harold Henning 76-68-71-78--293
Malcolm Leeder 76-73-74-70--293
John A. MacDonald 73-75-75-70--293
Brian Wilkes 70-77-74-72--293
Jimmy Hitchcock 75-73-70-76--294
Arnold Palmer 76-71-71-76--294
Doug Sewell 75-72-73-74--294
Dave Thomas 74-74-75-71--294
Ken Bousfield 73-75-71-76--295
Tom Haliburton 68-73-77-77--295
Tony Jacklin 73-72-76-74--295
Bruce Devlin 74-71-74-77--296
Denis Hutchinson 74-71-74-77--296
Ted Large 78-71-76-71--296
Fred Boobyer 76-70-74-77--297
Stewart Davies 76-69-79-73--297
Walter Godfrey 75-74-75-73--297
Tony Grubb 77-72-74-75--298
Geoffrey Hunt 71-76-75-76--298
Lionel Platts 74-75-78-71--298
Anthony Moore 72-74-75-78--299
Dai Rees 72-77-75-75--299
Donald Swaelens 70-75-77-78--300
Robert Walker 75-73-75-78--301
Hedley Muscroft 72-77-81-75--305
Fred Bullock 75-74-82-74--305

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