Roberto

1967 / Royal Liverpool

Aside from a home winner, there could not have been a more popular Champion Golfer at Hoylake in 1967 than Roberto de Vicenzo.

At 44, the Argentinian became the second oldest ever winner, behind Old Tom Morris, who was 46 in 1867.

A gentle man from humble origins, he had first played in The Open in 1948 and in ten previous appearances had finished runner-up once, third five times and no worse than sixth in all but two attempts.

But the Claret Jug always remained tantalisingly out of reach. Until now.

He led by two strokes after a third round in which he matched Gary Player’s course record of 67 set moments earlier by the South African.

Player was two behind but struggled on the final day and tied for third with 22-year-old Yorkshireman Clive Clark, with another young Englishman, Tony Jacklin, finishing fifth. Instead, it was Jack Nicklaus who became de Vicenzo’s biggest challenger.

The defending Champion Golfer produced a 69 for a total of 280 and key to de Vicenzo’s victory were his birdies at the two par-5s, the 14th and 16th holes.

The 16th doglegs around the internal out-of-bounds – the hole became the 18th when The Open returned to Hoylake after a gap of 39 years in 2006 – and the Argentinian hit a sublime 3-wood over the corner of the practice ground to the heart of the green.

Two more pars and he had won by two from Nicklaus with a closing 70 for a total of 278.

At the final green, Pat Ward-Thomas wrote: “Vicenzo, the look of an emperor about him, strode towards a reception the like of which I had never heard before.

"Its sustained warmth and affection were tribute to a fine human being as well as to a great golfer and a victory nobly won.”

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Roberto DE VICENZO
1
70
71
67
70
278
-
2
71
69
71
69
280
-
3
72
71
67
74
284
-
Clive CLARK
3
70
73
69
72
284
-
5
73
69
73
70
285
-
Sebastian MIGUEL
6
72
74
68
72
286
-
Harold HENNING
6
74
70
71
71
286
-
Al BALDING
8
74
71
69
73
287
-
Bruce DEVLIN
8
70
70
72
75
287
-
Hugh BOYLE
8
74
74
71
68
287
-
Tommy HORTON
8
74
74
69
70
287
-
8
71
74
70
72
287
-
Lionel PLATTS
13
68
73
72
76
289
-
Mike HOYLE
13
74
75
69
71
289
-
Deane BEMAN
13
72
76
68
73
289
-
Stan PEACH
13
71
75
73
70
289
-
Guy WOLSTENHOLME
13
74
71
73
71
289
-
Barry COXON
18
73
76
71
70
290
-
Hedley MUSCROFT
18
72
73
72
73
290
-
Doug SANDERS
18
71
73
73
73
290
-
Christy O'CONNOR SR
21
70
74
71
76
291
-
Dennis HUTCHINSON
22
73
72
71
76
292
-
22
70
74
69
79
292
-
Peter MILLS
22
72
75
73
72
292
-
Robin DAVENPORT
25
76
69
75
73
293
-
Brian BARNES
25
71
75
74
73
293
-
Brian HUGGETT
25
73
75
72
73
293
-
Barry FRANKLIN
25
70
74
73
76
293
-
Fred BOOBYER
29
70
71
74
79
294
-
Jimmy HUME
29
69
72
73
80
294
-
Brian ALLEN
31
71
77
76
71
295
-
Gordon CUNNINGHAM
31
74
74
73
74
295
-
Doug SEWELL
31
71
77
74
73
295
-
David SNELL
31
77
70
73
75
295
-
Harry WEETMAN
31
76
69
79
71
295
-
Cyril PENNINGTON
36
77
72
74
74
297
-
Roberto BERNARDINI
36
75
74
74
74
297
-
Harry BANNERMAN
36
74
75
74
74
297
-
Malcolm LEEDER
36
72
76
75
74
297
-
Neil COLES
36
74
72
76
75
297
-
D.L. MELVILLE
36
74
74
74
75
297
-
Bernard HUNT
36
74
73
73
77
297
-
Phil RODGERS
43
74
73
77
74
298
-
David BONTHRON
43
69
75
79
75
298
-
Bert YANCEY
43
75
73
71
79
298
-
Eric BROWN
43
74
75
76
73
298
-
John PANTON
47
73
76
75
75
299
-
Jean GARAIALDE
47
76
71
78
74
299
-
David BUTLER
47
75
74
75
75
299
-
Jack WILKSHIRE
47
69
78
79
73
299
-
Richard EMERY
51
73
75
77
75
300
-
Malcolm GREGSON
51
76
73
73
78
300
-
Sewsunker SEWGOLUM
53
73
75
77
76
301
-
Ken BOUSFIELD
54
73
74
79
76
302
-
John COCKIN
55
71
78
76
78
303
-
Jimmy MARTIN
56
75
73
80
80
308
-
William FERGUSON
56
74
74
80
80
308
-
Peter ALLISS
Wd
71
76
73
-
-
-
Donald SWAELENS
M/C
72
78
-
-
-
M/C
Dave THOMAS
M/C
73
77
-
-
-
M/C
Adina Test
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Luciano GRAPPASONNI
M/C
77
73
-
-
-
M/C
Gay BREWER
M/C
70
80
-
-
-
M/C
Peter BENKA
M/C
75
75
-
-
-
M/C
Randall VINES
M/C
82
69
-
-
-
M/C
P.J. HOWARD
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Johnny JOHNSON
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Tim WOOLBANK
M/C
78
73
-
-
-
M/C
Peter JONES
M/C
69
82
-
-
-
M/C
Peter BUTLER
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
Hugh LEWIS
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Paddy SKERRITT
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
George WILL
M/C
79
72
-
-
-
M/C
Bill LARGE
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
John GARNER
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
Peter GILL
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
Finlay MORRIS
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
Tony COOP
M/C
73
79
-
-
-
M/C
Maurice BEMBRIDGE
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
Vince HOOD
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
Larry FOX
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
Graham HENNING
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
C.M. BARLOW
M/C
78
75
-
-
-
M/C
Ian CONNELLY
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Alex CAYGILL
M/C
74
79
-
-
-
M/C
Ernie JONES
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
G.J. WILSON
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Norman VON NIDA
M/C
73
80
-
-
-
M/C
Barry DAVIES
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Tony FISHER
M/C
74
79
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Alex FOX
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
Malcolm GUNN
M/C
78
76
-
-
-
M/C
George TOMLINSON
M/C
77
78
-
-
-
M/C
Tony LOWLES
M/C
78
77
-
-
-
M/C
Alberto CROCE
M/C
77
78
-
-
-
M/C
Joe CARR
M/C
80
75
-
-
-
M/C
Jimmy HITCHCOCK
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
Dai REES
M/C
74
81
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
78
78
-
-
-
M/C
Syd SCOTT
M/C
81
75
-
-
-
M/C
David TALBOT
M/C
74
82
-
-
-
M/C
Bernard FIRKINS
M/C
75
81
-
-
-
M/C
Bob FALKENBURG
M/C
81
75
-
-
-
M/C
Bob SWEENY JR
M/C
81
75
-
-
-
M/C
Bryon HUTCHINSON
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
Derek NASH
M/C
77
79
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew PHILLIPS
M/C
74
82
-
-
-
M/C
Martin ROESINK
M/C
75
82
-
-
-
M/C
Donald SMART
M/C
78
79
-
-
-
M/C
Geoffrey HUNT
M/C
79
78
-
-
-
M/C
Roy VAN WEZEL
M/C
81
77
-
-
-
M/C
Norman SUTTON
M/C
79
79
-
-
-
M/C
Sean HUNT
M/C
77
82
-
-
-
M/C
Frank HILL
M/C
82
77
-
-
-
M/C
Marshall DOUGLAS
M/C
75
84
-
-
-
M/C
Carlo GRAPPASONNI
M/C
77
83
-
-
-
M/C
Tony RICE
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Keith MACDONALD
M/C
76
84
-
-
-
M/C
Sookdeo MAHARAJ
M/C
82
79
-
-
-
M/C
Michael BONALLACK
M/C
84
77
-
-
-
M/C
Harry BROADBENT
M/C
80
81
-
-
-
M/C
Bobby COLE
M/C
82
79
-
-
-
M/C
Craig DEFOY
M/C
82
79
-
-
-
M/C
David MILLER
M/C
80
82
-
-
-
M/C
John DAUTHIEU
M/C
83
79
-
-
-
M/C
Jim LARGE
M/C
81
88
-
-
-
M/C
P. LESLIE
M/C
83
86
-
-
-
M/C
Gordon COSH
M/C
91
83
-
-
-
M/C

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