1975 Open Championship
|Dates||9–13 July 1975|
Carnoustie Golf Links|
|Length||7,065 yards (6,460 m)|
86 after 1st cut
63 after 2nd cut
149 (+5) (1st cut) |
221 (+5) (2nd cut)
|279 (−9), playoff|
The 1975 Open Championship was the 104th Open Championship, played 9–13 July at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. In his first Open, Tom Watson won an 18-hole playoff by one stroke over Jack Newton to win the first of his eight major titles, which included five Open Championships.
After three days of calm weather, the wind kicked up during the final round on Saturday and scores went up. Bobby Cole, the leader at 54 holes after back-to-back rounds of 66, shot a four-over 76 and missed the playoff by a stroke. Watson managed an even-par 72, capped with a 20-foot (6 m) birdie putt on the 72nd hole to tie Newton, who shot 74 (+2).
The Sunday playoff was back-and-forth in the rain, and included a chip-in eagle by Watson at the 14th hole, the short par-5 named "Spectacles." Newton had chipped to within inches and tapped in for birdie. The two were tied at the 18th tee, the par-4 "Home" with the meandering Barry Burn. Watson was on the 90th green in two with about 25 feet (8 m) for birdie, but Newton's approach ended in the front left bunker. Newton's lengthy sand shot ran 10 feet (3 m) past the hole. After Watson had safely two-putted for par, Newton's putt to save par and extend the match missed left and Watson won the title.
This was the second and final 18-hole playoff at the Open; the first was in 1970, won by Jack Nicklaus. The format was changed to a four-hole aggregate playoff in 1985, first used in 1989. Prior to 1964, the playoff at the Open was 36 holes.
Carnoustie Golf Links – Championship Course
^ The 6th hole was renamed Hogan's Alley in 2003
Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1937):
Past champions in the field
Made both cuts
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1966, 1970||69||71||68||72||280||−8||T3|
|Bob Charles||New Zealand||1963||74||73||70||69||286||−2||T12|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||1973||73||72||70||72||287||−1||15|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1961, 1962||74||72||69||73||288||E||T16|
|Roberto De Vicenzo||Argentina||1967||71||74||72||74||291||+3||T28|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1959, 1968, 1974||75||71||73||73||292||+4||T32|
|Lee Trevino||United States||1971, 1972||76||69||73||75||293||+5||T40|
Missed the second cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||Total||To par|
|Peter Thomson||Australia|| 1954, 1955,|
1956, 1958, 1965
Missed the first cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Bobby Locke||South Africa|| 1949, 1950,|
Wednesday, 9 July 1975
|Hale Irwin||United States|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States|
|Andries Oosthuizen||South Africa|
|T8||Danny Edwards||United States||70||−2|
|Simon Hobday||South Africa|
|Paul Leonard||Northern Ireland|
|Alan Tapie||United States|
Thursday, 10 July 1975
|T2||Bobby Cole||South Africa||72-66=138||−6|
|Andries Oosthuizen||South Africa||69-69=138|
|Tom Watson||United States||71-67=138|
|Hale Irwin||United States||69-70=139|
|Paul Leonard||Northern Ireland||70-69=139|
|John Mahaffey||United States||71-68=139|
Friday, 11 July 1975
|1||Bobby Cole||South Africa||72-66-66=204||−12|
|3||Johnny Miller||United States||71-69-66=206||−10|
|4||Tom Watson||United States||71-67-69=207||−9|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||69-71-68=208|
|Hale Irwin||United States||69-70-69=208|
|John Mahaffey||United States||71-68-69=208|
|Andries Oosthuizen||South Africa||69-69-70=208|
|T10||Alan Tapie||United States||70-72-67=209||−7|
Amateurs: Stadler (+7), Stephen (+7), Poxon (+11).
Saturday, 12 July 1975
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money (£)|
|T1||Tom Watson||United States||71-67-69-72=279||−9||Playoff|
|T3||Jack Nicklaus||United States||69-71-68-72=280||−8||3,867|
|Johnny Miller||United States||71-69-66-74=280|
|Bobby Cole||South Africa||72-66-66-76=280|
|9||Hale Irwin||United States||69-70-69-75=283||−5||2,400|
|T10||George Burns||United States||71-73-69-71=284||−4||2,125|
|John Mahaffey||United States||71-68-69-76=284|
Sunday, 13 July 1975
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money (£)|
|1||Tom Watson||United States||36-35=71||−1||7,500|
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- 104th Open - Carnoustie 1975 (Official site)
- 104th Open Championship - Carnoustie (European Tour)
- About.com – 1975 Open Championship