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Summaries of British Opens held at Royal Birkdale


Published 3:01 a.m. ET July 15, 2017 | Updated 3:01 a.m. ET July 15, 2017

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — A capsule look at the nine previous British Opens held at Royal Birkdale:

Year: 1954

Winner: Peter Thomson.

Score: 283.

Margin: 1 shot.

Runner-up: Bobby Locke, Dai Rees, Sid Scott.

Prize: 750 pounds.

Summary: Ben Hogan did not return to defend his title, and Thomson won the first of his five British Open titles. Thomson was tied with Rees and Scott going into the final 18 holes. Thomson bogeyed the final hole from a bunker to close with a 71, leaving Locke a chance to catch him. His birdie putt came up short.


Year: 1961

Winner: Arnold Palmer

Score: 284.

Margin: 1 shot.

Runner-up: Dai Rees.

Prize: 1,400 pounds.

Summary: In his second trip to the British Open, Palmer seized control with a 69 in the third round, including a 6-iron from behind a bush on the 16th hole that eventually led the club to place a plaque there to commemorate the shot. He had a one-shot lead over Rees going into the final round. Palmer extended his lead to four shots with four holes to play, but Rees rallied within one shot before Palmer finished him off with a 72 for a one-shot victory.


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