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Seve Ballesteros

1988 / Royal Lytham & St Annes

For the first time in its 128-year history The Open would finish on a Monday, due to torrential rain that washed out play on Saturday, and it saw one of the great duels in the event’s history.

Seve Ballesteros won for the second time at Royal Lytham & St Annes, and the third time in all, but only after a thrilling final round of 65 to beat Nick Price by two strokes.

Price had led by two from the Spaniard and defending Champion Golfer Nick Faldo, with all three playing in the same group.

All of them birdied the sixth but when the other two eagled the seventh and Faldo only parred, the Englishman drifted out of contention, ultimately finishing with a 71 in third place, six behind the winner. Price played the six holes from the sixth to the 11th in four under but went from one ahead to one behind as Ballesteros had played them in six under.

After Ballesteros bogeyed the 12th, Price hit his second at the 13th to two inches but Ballesteros holed from 18 feet to stay tied.

At the 16th, Ballesteros hit a 9-iron to three inches to go ahead by one and then at the last, with Price on the green in two, the Spaniard hit a wondrous chip to six inches.

Unlike his collapse in 1982, Price had done little wrong this time. He three-putted the last for a 69 but second place was assured.

“So far, it is the best round of my life,” Ballesteros said. “Nick Price showed he was a champion, too. I was just a little bit luckier. It is a pity there can only be one champion.”

Price said: “It was a thrill to play to this standard. When you are beaten by somebody, especially the way he played, you bow out gracefully.”

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Seve BALLESTEROS
1
67
71
70
65
273
-
2
70
67
69
69
275
-
3
71
69
68
71
279
-
4
73
69
71
68
281
-
Gary KOCH
4
71
72
70
68
281
-
Peter SENIOR
6
70
73
70
69
282
-
Payne STEWART
7
73
75
68
67
283
-
Isao AOKI
7
72
71
73
67
283
-
David FROST
7
71
75
69
68
283
-
7
73
69
67
74
283
-
Brad FAXON
11
69
74
70
71
284
-
David J RUSSELL
11
71
74
69
70
284
-
Eduardo ROMERO
13
72
71
69
73
285
-
Larry NELSON
13
73
71
68
73
285
-
Curtis STRANGE
13
79
69
69
68
285
-
Don POOLEY
16
70
73
69
74
286
-
Ben CRENSHAW
16
73
73
68
72
286
-
Jose RIVERO
16
75
69
70
72
286
-
Andy BEAN
16
71
70
71
74
286
-
Bob TWAY
20
71
71
72
73
287
-
Rodger DAVIS
20
76
71
72
68
287
-
Tom KITE
20
75
71
73
68
287
-
Gordon BRAND JR
20
72
76
68
71
287
-
20
71
74
69
73
287
-
25
75
70
75
68
288
-
Ian WOOSNAM
25
76
71
72
69
288
-
27
75
69
75
70
289
-
Jim BENEPE
28
75
72
70
73
290
-
Chip BECK
28
72
71
74
73
290
-
Tommy ARMOUR III
28
73
72
72
73
290
-
Mark MCNULTY
28
73
73
72
72
290
-
Howard CLARK
28
71
72
75
72
290
-
28
74
72
72
72
290
-
Lanny WADKINS
34
73
71
71
76
291
-
Wayne RILEY
34
72
71
72
76
291
-
36
73
71
73
75
292
-
Gordon J. BRAND
36
73
74
72
73
292
-
Wayne GRADY
38
69
76
72
76
293
-
Corey PAVIN
38
74
73
71
75
293
-
Ronan RAFFERTY
38
74
74
71
74
293
-
Brian MARCHBANK
38
73
74
73
73
293
-
Graham MARSH
38
75
73
71
74
293
-
Ken BROWN
38
75
72
75
71
293
-
Jay HAAS
38
71
76
78
68
293
-
David A RUSSELL
38
72
73
72
76
293
-
Noel RATCLIFFE
38
70
77
76
70
293
-
Mark MCCUMBER
47
75
71
72
76
294
-
Paul KENT
47
74
70
79
71
294
-
Paul AZINGER
47
72
75
73
74
294
-
Sam TORRANCE
47
74
74
75
71
294
-
Andy NORTH
47
77
68
74
75
294
-
Fuzzy ZOELLER
52
72
74
76
73
295
-
Philip WALTON
52
72
74
75
74
295
-
52
75
73
72
75
295
-
Hubert GREEN
52
74
73
73
75
295
-
Peter FOWLER
52
72
72
78
73
295
-
Paul BROADHURST
57
73
73
74
76
296
-
Carl MASON
57
75
69
77
75
296
-
Michael SMITH
57
75
71
76
74
296
-
60
72
76
73
76
297
-
Craig STADLER
60
72
68
81
76
297
-
Andrew SHERBORNE
62
71
72
76
79
298
-
Simon BISHOP
62
77
71
73
77
298
-
Mark JAMES
62
71
77
74
76
298
-
Manuel PINERO
65
75
73
77
74
299
-
Paul CARMAN
66
77
71
80
73
301
-
Chin-Sheng HSIEH
67
74
73
73
82
302
-
Greg BRUCKNER
67
72
74
80
76
302
-
69
73
75
75
80
303
-
Gary STAFFORD
70
76
72
78
79
305
-
Peter MITCHELL
71
73
75
79
81
308
-
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
73
-
-
-
M/C
Larry MIZE
M/C
72
77
-
-
-
M/C
David ISHII
M/C
78
71
-
-
-
M/C
Hajime MESHIAI
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Alberto BINAGHI
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
Scott VERPLANK
M/C
72
78
-
-
-
M/C
Mats LANNER
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Joe HIGGINS
M/C
74
76
-
-
-
M/C
Craig PARRY
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew MAGEE
M/C
72
78
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew CHANDLER
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
John BLAND
M/C
76
74
-
-
-
M/C
Christy O'CONNOR JR
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Russell WEIR
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
Derrick COOPER
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
Mark ROE
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Jamie HOWELL
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
Davis LOVE III
M/C
80
71
-
-
-
M/C
Gerard TAYLOR
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Roger CHAPMAN
M/C
73
78
-
-
-
M/C
Mike REID
M/C
78
73
-
-
-
M/C
Tony JOHNSTONE
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Richard THOMPSON
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
Robert LEE
M/C
75
77
-
-
-
M/C
Ove SELLBERG
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
Johan RYSTROM
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
Clive TUCKER
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Teddy WEBBER
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
Lucien TINKLER
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
Magnus PERSSON
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
Eamonn DARCY
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Hugh BAIOCCHI
M/C
79
74
-
-
-
M/C
Denis DURNIAN
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
James COOK
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
David WILLIAMS
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Peter BAKER
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Trevor FOSTER
M/C
74
79
-
-
-
M/C
Peter MCWHINNEY
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Ray FLOYD
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Ron COMMANS
M/C
73
80
-
-
-
M/C
Hal SUTTON
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C
David ARMSTRONG
M/C
80
74
-
-
-
M/C
Tony NASH
M/C
75
79
-
-
-
M/C
Christian HARDIN
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
David GILFORD
M/C
78
76
-
-
-
M/C
John MORGAN
M/C
78
76
-
-
-
M/C
Gordon TOWNHILL
M/C
78
77
-
-
-
M/C
David JONES
M/C
78
77
-
-
-
M/C
Jose Maria CANIZARES
M/C
77
78
-
-
-
M/C
Mike HARWOOD
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
Leif HEDERSTROM
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
Lindsay MANN
M/C
81
75
-
-
-
M/C
Neil BURKE
M/C
80
76
-
-
-
M/C
Peter AKAKASIAKA
M/C
77
79
-
-
-
M/C
David THORE
M/C
78
78
-
-
-
M/C
James WHITE
M/C
77
79
-
-
-
M/C
Ed SNEED
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
Ged FUREY
M/C
80
77
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew ROGERS
M/C
82
75
-
-
-
M/C
Chien-Soon LU
M/C
78
79
-
-
-
M/C
Anders FORSBRAND
M/C
79
78
-
-
-
M/C
Chris MOODY
M/C
81
77
-
-
-
M/C
Michael ALLEN
M/C
83
75
-
-
-
M/C
Steve PATE
M/C
80
78
-
-
-
M/C
Steen TINNING
M/C
76
82
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
80
79
-
-
-
M/C
David GRAHAM
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Roger MACKAY
M/C
80
80
-
-
-
M/C
Sandy STEPHEN
M/C
82
78
-
-
-
M/C
Jose CABO
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Charles RYMER
M/C
83
77
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew COTTON
M/C
77
83
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
84
-
-
-
M/C
Mark MOULAND
M/C
76
84
-
-
-
M/C
Alan MCCLOSKEY
M/C
83
78
-
-
-
M/C
David WHELAN
M/C
81
80
-
-
-
M/C
Neil HANSEN
M/C
80
82
-
-
-
M/C
Barry LANE
M/C
78
85
-
-
-
M/C
Darren PROSSER
M/C
81
82
-
-
-
M/C
Robert RICHARDSON
M/C
82
81
-
-
-
M/C
Wayne SMITH
Wd
81
-
-
-
-
M/C

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