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Tom Watson

1980 / Muirfield

For the first time in its history, The Open was scheduled to finish on a Sunday. In effect, however, it was Tom Watson’s performance on Saturday that brought the American his third Claret Jug.

While his first Open title arrived in a play-off in 1975 and his second only after a duel right to the 72nd green with Jack Nicklaus in 1977, this time Watson showed that he was comfortable leading from the front as well.

Both Watson and Lee Trevino had 68s to lead the first round and then Trevino had a 67 to go three ahead of Watson, Ken Brown and Jerry Pate.

In the third round Isao Aoki, the Japanese player who was runner-up to Jack Nicklaus at the U.S. Open at Baltusrol a few weeks earlier, scored a 63, the second recorded in The Open but the first ever at Muirfield.

He had nine threes and nine fours. Watson then almost matched him. He went out in 34 and came home in 30 for a 64 to lead by four strokes.

In the final round it was Watson’s burst of five birdies in six holes from the seventh that sealed his victory. No one bettered his 69 for the day and, on a total of 271, he won by four from Trevino and by six from Ben Crenshaw, with Nicklaus tying for fourth place.

Once again, Watson had shown his command of links golf by beating the two previous Muirfield Champion Golfers.

In his only appearance in The Open, Argentinian Horacio Carbonetti produced a 64 in the second round. Alas, he had scored a 78 in the first round and had another 78 on the third day to miss the cut to play on the final day by one stroke.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Tom WATSON
1
68
70
64
69
271
-
2
68
67
71
69
275
-
Ben CRENSHAW
3
70
70
68
69
277
-
Carl MASON
4
72
69
70
69
280
-
4
73
67
71
69
280
-
Craig STADLER
6
72
70
69
71
282
-
Hubert GREEN
6
77
69
64
72
282
-
Ken BROWN
6
70
68
68
76
282
-
Andy BEAN
6
71
69
70
72
282
-
Jack NEWTON
10
69
71
73
70
283
-
Gil MORGAN
10
70
70
71
72
283
-
Larry NELSON
12
72
70
71
71
284
-
Isao AOKI
12
74
74
63
73
284
-
12
69
74
71
70
284
-
12
70
71
70
73
284
-
John BLAND
16
73
70
70
72
285
-
Jerry PATE
16
71
67
74
73
285
-
16
72
72
71
70
285
-
Norio SUZUKI
19
74
68
72
72
286
-
Bruce LIETZKE
19
74
69
73
70
286
-
19
76
73
68
69
286
-
19
72
68
72
74
286
-
Mark MCNULTY
23
71
73
72
71
287
-
Bill MCCOLL
23
75
73
68
71
287
-
Garry CULLEN
23
72
72
69
74
287
-
Peter OOSTERHUIS
23
72
71
75
69
287
-
Tom KITE
27
72
72
74
70
288
-
27
72
71
71
74
288
-
Hugh BAIOCCHI
29
76
67
69
77
289
-
David GRAHAM
29
73
71
68
77
289
-
Neil COLES
29
75
69
69
76
289
-
Tommy HORTON
32
76
71
71
72
290
-
32
72
74
71
73
290
-
Brian WAITES
32
75
72
69
74
290
-
John MAHAFFEY
32
77
71
69
73
290
-
Howard CLARK
32
72
70
70
78
290
-
Mark HAYES
32
70
73
76
71
290
-
Bill BRASK
38
74
71
71
75
291
-
Rodger DAVIS
38
74
70
73
74
291
-
Stewart GINN
38
77
70
70
74
291
-
Jay SIGEL
38
72
72
74
73
291
-
Tohru NAKAMURA
38
76
72
69
74
291
-
Sam TORRANCE
38
74
71
73
73
291
-
Dale HAYES
38
71
70
74
76
291
-
Mark JAMES
45
69
72
75
76
292
-
Graham MARSH
45
73
72
72
75
292
-
Vicente FERNANDEZ
45
69
76
71
76
292
-
Eamonn DARCY
45
75
68
73
76
292
-
Andy NORTH
45
75
72
72
73
292
-
Wally ARMSTRONG
45
77
72
70
73
292
-
Bob GILDER
51
75
71
72
75
293
-
Simon HOBDAY
51
76
71
71
75
293
-
Bob SHEARER
51
76
71
70
76
293
-
Derrick COOPER
51
71
70
75
77
293
-
51
73
72
72
76
293
-
Antonio GARRIDO
51
74
71
73
75
293
-
Harold HENNING
51
77
71
69
76
293
-
Brian BARNES
58
73
72
71
78
294
-
Manuel PINERO
58
72
72
75
75
294
-
David JAGGER
60
72
77
69
77
295
-
60
75
71
73
76
295
-
Masashi OZAKI
60
73
68
73
81
295
-
Peter TUPLING
63
76
70
73
77
296
-
Simon OWEN
64
72
73
72
80
297
-
Don BIES
65
73
74
72
79
298
-
Brian MARCHBANK
WD
77
71
72
-
-
-
Horacio CARBONETTI
WD
78
64
78
-
-
-
WD
77
70
73
-
-
-
Terry GALE
WD
76
72
72
-
-
-
WD
77
71
72
-
-
-
Maurice BEMBRIDGE
WD
75
74
71
-
-
-
Renton DOIG
WD
72
73
75
-
-
-
Orville MOODY
WD
73
72
75
-
-
-
John BENDA
WD
76
72
73
-
-
-
Mike FERGUSON
WD
78
70
73
-
-
-
John O'LEARY
WD
76
72
73
-
-
-
Des SMYTH
WD
74
73
75
-
-
-
Denis WATSON
WD
80
67
75
-
-
-
Angel GALLARDO
WD
77
72
73
-
-
-
Tony CHARNLEY
WD
76
73
74
-
-
-
Manuel CALERO
WD
76
73
74
-
-
-
Yoshiharu TAKAI
WD
72
77
74
-
-
-
Stuart MEIKLEJOHN
WD
77
70
76
-
-
-
Brian THOMPSON
WD
76
71
76
-
-
-
WD
74
74
76
-
-
-
Glenn RALPH
WD
69
79
77
-
-
-
Kurt COX
WD
77
71
77
-
-
-
Lon HINKLE
M/C
81
69
-
-
-
M/C
John COOK
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
David JONES
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
Bernard GALLACHER
M/C
78
72
-
-
-
M/C
Peter TOWNSEND
M/C
77
73
-
-
-
M/C
Jim FARMER
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
Noel HUNT
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Christy O'CONNOR JR
M/C
73
78
-
-
-
M/C
Gavin LEVENSON
M/C
79
72
-
-
-
M/C
Jose Maria CANIZARES
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Ronan RAFFERTY
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Dennis CLARK
M/C
78
73
-
-
-
M/C
Steve MARTIN
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Roger FIDLER
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Ian MOSEY
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Michael KING
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
Bill LOCKIE
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
Curtis WORLEY
M/C
75
77
-
-
-
M/C
Nicholas MITCHELL
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
David VAUGHAN
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
Fuzzy ZOELLER
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
Mike MCLEAN
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
Bill LONGMUIR
M/C
73
79
-
-
-
M/C
Malcolm GREGSON
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
Roberto BERNARDINI
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Bobby VERWEY
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
Duncan EVANS
M/C
79
74
-
-
-
M/C
John GARNER
M/C
81
72
-
-
-
M/C
David INGRAM
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Geoff TICKELL
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
David DUNK
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C
George BURNS III
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C
David CREAMER
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C
Niall CAMERON
M/C
78
76
-
-
-
M/C
Paul GALLAGHER
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
Mya AYE
M/C
80
74
-
-
-
M/C
Baldovino DASSU
M/C
80
74
-
-
-
M/C
Stephen ROLLEY
M/C
80
74
-
-
-
M/C
Ian RICHARDSON
M/C
78
76
-
-
-
M/C
Paul WAY
M/C
80
74
-
-
-
M/C
Bob BYMAN
M/C
74
80
-
-
-
M/C
Nick BRUNYARD
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
Ross DRUMMOND
M/C
80
75
-
-
-
M/C
Tertius CLAASSENS
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
Kim DABSON
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
Peter MCEVOY
M/C
77
78
-
-
-
M/C
Richard BOXALL
M/C
76
79
-
-
-
M/C
Peter DEEBLE
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
Bill PELHAM
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
David ROBERTSON
M/C
78
78
-
-
-
M/C
Jose CABO
M/C
80
76
-
-
-
M/C
Alistair THOMSON
M/C
83
74
-
-
-
M/C
Martin POXON
M/C
79
78
-
-
-
M/C
David REGAN
M/C
80
77
-
-
-
M/C
Yasuhior FUNATOGAWA
M/C
87
71
-
-
-
M/C
R. MCCATHIE
M/C
83
76
-
-
-
M/C
Mike NUTTER
M/C
79
80
-
-
-
M/C
Terry LE BROCQ
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Armando SAAVEDRA
M/C
77
83
-
-
-
M/C
George MCKAY
M/C
80
80
-
-
-
M/C
Garry HAY
M/C
80
81
-
-
-
M/C
German GARRIDO
M/C
80
83
-
-
-
M/C
Danny GOODMAN
M/C
86
82
-
-
-
M/C

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