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1970 British Open

 

The 1970 British Open was the 99th time the tournament was played, and Jack Nicklaus won it in an 18-hole playoff.

Winner: Jack Nicklaus, 283

Where it was played: The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland

Tournament dates: July 8-12, 1970

Leader after first round: Neil Coles, 65

Leader after second round: Lee Trevino, 136

Leader after third round: Lee Trevino, 208

Notable Notes: Lee Trevino led by two entering the final round, but shot 77 in Round 4 to fall back. Instead, the fourth-round battle was between Jack Nicklaus and Doug Sanders, and Sanders took a 1-stroke lead to the final tee. He needed to sink a putt of around 2 1/2 feet to win - but missed. In the 18-hole playoff, Nicklaus eked out a 1-stroke victory over Sanders, 72 to 73.

Final Scores
Jack Nicklaus 68-69-73-73--283
Doug Sanders 68-71-71-73--283
Harold Henning 67-72-73-73--285
Lee Trevino 68-68-72-77--285
Tony Jacklin 67-70-73-76--286
Neil Coles 65-74-72-76--287
Peter Oosterhuis 73-69-69-76--287
Hugh Jackson 69-72-73-74--288
Tommy Horton 66-73-75-75--289
John Panton 72-73-73-71--289
Peter Thomson 68-74-73-74--289
Arnold Palmer 68-72-76-74--290
Maurice Bembridge 67-74-75-76--292
Bob Charles 72-73-73-74--292
John Richardson 67-72-76-77--292
Bert Yancey 71-71-73-77--292
Roberto Bernardini 75-69-74-75--293
Billy Casper 71-74-73-75--293
Clive Clark 69-70-77-77--293
Roberto De Vicenzo 71-76-71-75--293
Christy O'Connor Sr. 72-68-74-79--293
Walter Godfrey 71-75-74-74--294
Tom Weiskopf 70-74-72-78--294
Guy Wolstenholme 68-77-72-77--294
Bruce Devlin 72-76-72-75--295
Graham Marsh 75-72-74-74--295
Ronnie Shade 72-75-69-79--295
Stuart Brown 73-73-71-79--296
Bobby Cole 71-76-71-78--296
Brian Huggett 68-78-73-77--296
Tom Shaw 73-71-73-79--296
Peter Alliss 69-74-78-76--297
Brian Barnes 69-74-75-79--297
Gay Brewer 69-74-74-80--297
Eric Brown 73-72-74-78--297
Dale Douglass 75-71-73-78--297
David Graham 72-72-74-79--297
Florentino Molina 67-75-78-77--297
Kel Nagle 71-74-73-79--297
Dave Thomas 70-72-76-79--297
Alex Caygill 74-72-74-78--298
Tony Grubb 72-77-71-78--298
Dave Marr 71-71-74-82--298
a-Steve Melnyk 69-74-76-79--298
Jimmy Hume 72-75-76-76--299
Peter Townsend 72-73-74-80--299
George Will 69-78-74-78--299
Guy Hunt 72-70-80-78--300
Jimmy Martin 71-74-75-80--300
Tommy Aaron 68-74-79-80--301
a-Warren Humphreys 73-73-76-79--301
Tomas Lopez 70-72-75-84--301
Norman Wood 73-73-77-78--301
Derek Small 69-74-80-79--302
Davis Love Jr. 71-74-73-85--303
Richard Livingston 75-73-75-81--304
Sandy Walker 70-78-75-84--307

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