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1978 British Open

 

The 1978 British Open was the 107th time the tournament was played, and it was the year of Jack Nicklaus' last win in this event.

Winner: Jack Nicklaus, 281

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

Tournament dates: July 12-15, 1978

Leader after first round: Isao Aoki, 68

Leader after second round: Seve Ballesteros, Ben Crenshaw and Isao Aoki, 139

Leader after third round: Peter Oosterhuis and Tom Watson, 211

Notable Notes: Jack Nicklaus won this tournament the way he won so many: hang around the lead, then hold your nerve while others are losing theirs in the final round. Nicklaus only moved into the Top 10 by shooting 69 in the third round, but trailed by one. In the final round, he carded another 69, while third-round leaders Peter Oosterhuis and Tom Watson shot 73 and 76, respectively. It was Nicklaus' third and final victory at the British Open.

Final Scores
Jack Nicklaus 71-72-69-69--281
Ben Crenshaw 70-69-73-71--283
Ray Floyd 69-75-71-68--283
Tom Kite 72-69-72-70--283
Simon Owen 70-75-67-71--283
Peter Oosterhuis 72-70-69-73--284
Isao Aoki 68-71-73-73--285
Nick Faldo 71-72-70-72--285
John Schroeder 74-69-70-72--285
Bob Shearer 71-69-74-71--285
Michael Cahill 71-72-75-68--286
Dale Hayes 74-70-71-71--286
Orville Moody 73-69-74-70--286
Mark Hayes 70-75-75-67--287
Jumbo Ozaki 72-69-75-71--287
Tom Watson 73-68-70-76--287
Seve Ballesteros 69-70-76-73--288
Bob Byman 72-69-74-73--288
Guy Hunt 71-73-71-73--288
Tommy Nakajima 70-71-76-71--288
Tom Weiskopf 69-72-72-75--288
Bernard Gallacher 72-71-76-70--289
Nick Job 73-75-68-73--289
Antonio Garrido 73-71-76-70--290
Hale Irwin 75-71-76-68--290
Carl Mason 70-74-72-74--290
Jack Newton 69-76-71-74--290
Peter Thomson 72-70-72-76--290
Tienie Britz 73-74-72-72--291
Hubert Green 78-70-67-76--291
John Morgan 74-68-77-72--291
Greg Norman 72-73-74-72--291
Lee Trevino 75-72-73-71--291
Brian Barnes 71-74-75-72--292
Ken Brown 73-72-71-76--292
Garry Cullen 73-67-79-73--292
Arnold Palmer 71-71-75-75--292
Gary Player 74-71-76-71--292
David Graham 73-74-70-76--293
Mike Krantz 75-72-75-71--293
a-Peter McEvoy 71-74-76-72--293
Nick Price 74-73-74-72--293
Guy Wolstenholme 73-74-71-75--293
Francisco Abreu 73-73-76-72--294
Manuel Ballesteros 73-71-74-76--294
Howard Clark 70-75-73-76--294
a-Mike Miller 70-74-74-76--294
Andy Bean 72-76-72-75--295
a-Allan Brodie 73-72-75-75--295
Bob Charles 73-70-79-73--295
Neil Coles 71-73-73-78--295
John Bland 72-73-77-74--296
Rodger Davis 73-72-73-78--296
David Good 75-73-74-74--296
Simon Hobday 73-71-77-75--296
Bill Longmuir 75-71-75-75--296
Vaughan Somers 72-72-76-76--296
Rocky Thompson 73-73-76-74--296
Peter Butler 71-74-75-77--297
a-Geoff Godwin 74-73-75-76--298
Bob Wynn 73-72-76-77--298
Peter Dawson 75-72-75-77--299
Ewen Murray 76-70-76-78--300

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