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1975 Open Championship

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Dates  9–13 July 1975
Tour(s)  European Tour PGA Tour
Length  7,065 yards (6,460 m)
Location  Angus, Scotland
Par  72
1975 Open Championship
Course(s)  Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course

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.


Final round

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.

Course layout

Carnoustie Golf Links – Championship Course

^ The 6th hole was renamed Hogan's Alley in 2003

Lengths of the course for previous Opens (since 1937):

  • 1953: 7,200 yards (6,584 m), par 72
  • 1937: 7,200 yards (6,584 m), par 72
  • First round

    Wednesday, 9 July 1975

    Second round

    Thursday, 10 July 1975


    Amateurs: Stephen (+1), Poxon (+5), Stadler (+5), Price (+10), Levenson (+13).

    Third round

    Friday, 11 July 1975

    Amateurs: Stadler (+7), Stephen (+7), Poxon (+11).

    Final round

    Saturday, 12 July 1975



    Sunday, 13 July 1975




    1975 Open Championship Wikipedia

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