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1988 Open Championship

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Dates  14–18 July 1988
Par  71
Tour(s)  European Tour PGA Tour
Length  6,857 yards (6,270 m)
1988 Open Championship
Location  Lytham St Annes, England
Course(s)  Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

The 1988 Open Championship was the 117th Open Championship held 14–18 July at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, England. In a first-ever Monday finish, Seve Ballesteros shot a final round 65 to capture his third Open Championship and fifth major title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Nick Price, the 54-hole leader.


Scheduled to finish on Sunday, heavy rain on Saturday caused flooding of several greens and the third round was scratched after play was started. Under European Tour rules, if less than half of the players had finished their rounds, the scores for that day were discarded. Since no player had finished, all the scores from Saturday were scrapped. Sunday was briefly scheduled for 36 holes, but due to the flooding, it was decided the course could not be readied in time for the early morning tee times. The third round was played on Sunday and the fourth on Monday, the first time in history the Open's final round finished on a Monday.

Course layout


Previous lengths of the course for The Open Championship (since 1950):

First round

Thursday, 14 July 1988

Second round

Friday, 15 July 1988

Amateurs: Broadhurst (+4), Cook (+11), Foster (+11), Hardin (+12), Nash (+12), Rymer (+18), Prosser (+21).

Third round

Sunday, 17 July 1988

Final round

Monday, 18 July 1988

Amateurs: Broadhurst (+12).


1988 Open Championship Wikipedia

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