Bobby Locke

Bobby Locke

He was christened Arthur D’Arcy Locke but his father called him “Bobby” after his hero, Bobby Jones. Thin and short off the tee, Locke turned a natural fade into a booming hook to gain more length yet remained incredibly accurate.
  • He served in the South African Air Force during World War II

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  • 74

    Professional wins

  • Called 'Old Baggy Pants' due to his gray flannel knickers

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He was christened Arthur D’Arcy Locke but his father called him “Bobby” after his hero, Bobby Jones. Thin and short off the tee, Locke turned a natural fade into a booming hook to gain more length yet remained incredibly accurate.

It was on the greens that he was devastating, one of the greatest putters of all time. He hooked his putts using a closed stance and was deadly even on the worst of surfaces. On the best surfaces he would be tipping his cap before a long putt had got halfway to the hole.

Locke

He liked the greens at Troon for The Open in 1950 so much that he sent a Christmas card every year to the club stating they were best in the world. He returned from flying bombing missions in WWII a portly 14 stones and finished runner-up to Sam Snead at the 1946 Open. He then tried his luck in America, winning 11 times, and finishing runner-up ten times, in a two-and-a-half year spell.

The locals did not overly appreciate his success and found a way to ban him on a technicality. His greatest successes came in Britain as he won The Open four times in eight years. He beat Harry Bradshaw easily in a 36-hole play-off in 1949, set a new record score of 279 at Troon in 1950 and beat Peter Thomson by a stroke at Lytham in 1952.

But Thomson was to prove his biggest rival and it was not until 1957 at St Andrews that Locke claimed his fourth title. There was a controversial ending as he beat Thomson by three strokes but forgot to replace his ball correctly on the final green after moving it out of the way of a playing partner. The R&A later decided that the result should stand.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
St Andrews 1978
M/C
83
80
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 1977
Wd
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 1976
M/C
83
81
-
-
-
M/C
Carnoustie 1975
M/C
82
80
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1974
M/C
81
86
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 1972
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 1971
49
75
73
74
76
298
-
St Andrews 1970
M/C
77
81
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 1967
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 1964
M/C
78
78
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1963
M/C
80
72
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 1962
M/C
78
77
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 1961
M/C
75
84
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 1959
29
73
73
76
73
295
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1958
16
76
70
72
70
288
-
St Andrews 1957
1
69
72
68
70
279
-
Royal Liverpool 1956
M/C
76
79
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 1955
4
74
69
70
72
285
-
Royal Birkdale 1954
2
74
71
69
70
284
-
Carnoustie 1953
8
72
73
74
72
291
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1952
1
69
71
74
73
287
-
Royal Portrush 1951
6
71
74
74
74
293
-
Royal Troon 1950
1
69
72
70
68
279
-
Royal St George's 1949
1
69
76
68
70
283
-
St Andrews 1946
2
69
74
75
76
294
-
St Andrews 1939
9
70
75
76
75
296
-
Royal St George's 1938
10
73
72
81
79
305
-
Carnoustie 1937
17
74
74
77
79
304
-
Royal Liverpool 1936
8
75
73
72
74
294
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