Roberto De Vicenzo

Roberto de Vicenzo started in the game in Buenos Aires as a caddie and by retrieving balls from ponds, before becoming the greatest golfer to emerge from South America.
  • Signed his scorecard at The Masters in 1968 with incorrect score

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  • De Vicenzo was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989

    Accolades

  • 231

    Professional wins

Roberto de Vicenzo started in the game in Buenos Aires as a caddie and by retrieving balls from ponds, before becoming the greatest golfer to emerge from South America.

He won countless tournaments around the world, on a par with Gary Player, but his greatest achievement came in winning The Open in 1967 at Royal Liverpool. He first played in 1948, was a runner-up once and was third no less than six times.

By 1967 he was a sentimental favourite, always a quality ball-striker, his putting not always reliable and aged 44 he became the second oldest Champion Golfer of the Year ever, after Old Tom Morris who was 46 in 1867.

De Vicenzo

In a tense finale, he held off the challenge of defending Champion Jack Nicklaus, helped by a birdie at the par-5 16th – now the 18th for Royal Liverpool’s recent Opens – when he struck a superb 3-wood over the corner of the out-of-bounds to the heart of the green.

His victory was a joyous occasion, and there was no more popular Champion. The crowd’s “sustained warmth and affection,” wrote Pat Ward-Thomas, “were tribute to a fine human being as well as a great golfer and a victory nobly won.”

Alas, Easter Sunday the following year, the day of day of his 45th birthday, ended up as one of the saddest days in golf. After a bogey at the last, de Vicenzo appeared to have scored a 65 to tie for the Masters, only for a mistake on his scorecard to be spotted too late.

Tommy Aaron had written down a 4 instead of a 3 on the 17th hole. De Vicenzo was deemed to have scored a 66 and lost by one to Bob Goalby. The Argentinian refused to blame anyone else for the error. “What a stupid I am,” he said.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1979
M/C
79
82
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 1978
M/C
72
78
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 1977
48
76
71
70
78
295
-
Royal Birkdale 1976
32
77
71
76
72
296
-
Carnoustie 1975
28
71
74
72
74
291
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1974
51
80
74
77
76
307
-
Royal Troon 1973
28
72
75
74
72
293
-
Royal Birkdale 1971
11
71
70
72
74
287
-
St Andrews 1970
17
71
76
71
75
293
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1969
3
72
73
66
72
283
-
Carnoustie 1968
10
77
72
74
74
297
-
Royal Liverpool 1967
1
70
71
67
70
278
-
Muirfield 1966
20
74
72
71
77
294
-
Royal Birkdale 1965
4
74
69
73
72
288
-
St Andrews 1964
3
76
72
70
67
285
-
St Andrews 1960
3
67
67
75
73
282
-
St Andrews 1957
35
70
76
76
74
296
-
Royal Liverpool 1956
3
71
70
79
70
290
-
Carnoustie 1953
6
72
71
71
73
287
-
Royal Troon 1950
2
72
71
68
70
281
-
Royal St George's 1949
3
68
75
73
69
285
-
Muirfield 1948
3
70
73
72
75
290
-

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