Tony Jacklin

1969 / Royal Lytham & St Annes

Not for 18 years, since Max Faulkner at Royal Portrush, had there been a British winner of The Open but Tony Jacklin proved the man to break the draught.

The 25-year-old from Scunthorpe had already won in America, was fifth at the 1967 Open and now sealed a two-stroke victory over Bob Charles.

Charles had won the previous Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1963 and picked up where he left off with an opening 66. Jacklin had made four birdies in his first six holes in a 68 and after twin rounds of 70, to the New Zealander’s 69 and 75, the Englishman was two strokes ahead.

There was a great sense of anticipation surrounding the final round, which only grew when Charles bogeyed the first hole. Jacklin’s lead soon grew to four and despite three dropped shots on the back nine, including at the 17th, his lead was still two strokes on the final tee.

Jacklin produced a magnificent drive, the ball bounding down the middle of the fairway well past all the trouble. “What a corker,” gasped Henry Longhurst on television.

After a fine approach shot, the tension finally broke. Jacklin was mobbed by the spectators running down the fairway and his shoe came off in the scrum but he had composed himself enough to two-putt for his par.

A closing 72 left him on a four-under-par total of 280. Charles was the runner-up for the second year running, one ahead of former Champions Peter Thomson and Roberto de Vicenzo.

Christy O’Connor Snr, who produced the lowest round of the week with a 65 on the second day, was fifth and Davis Love Jnr, father of Davis Love III, was sixth alongside Jack Nicklaus. Without doubt, however, it was the day that Jacklin restored pride in British golf.
Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Tony JACKLIN
1
68
70
70
72
280
-
2
66
69
75
72
282
-
3
72
73
66
72
283
-
3
71
70
70
72
283
-
Christy O'CONNOR SR
5
71
65
74
74
284
-
6
75
70
68
72
285
-
Davis LOVE JR
6
70
73
71
71
285
-
Peter ALLISS
8
73
74
73
66
286
-
9
74
71
72
70
287
-
Miller BARBER
10
69
75
75
69
288
-
Tommy HORTON
11
71
76
70
72
289
-
Cobie LEGRANGE
11
79
70
71
69
289
-
Neil COLES
11
75
76
70
68
289
-
Guy WOLSTENHOLME
11
70
71
76
72
289
-
Gay BREWER
15
76
71
68
75
290
-
Bert YANCEY
16
72
71
71
77
291
-
Peter TOWNSEND
16
73
70
76
72
291
-
Harold HENNING
16
72
71
75
73
291
-
Bruce DEVLIN
16
71
73
75
72
291
-
Brian HUGGETT
16
72
72
69
78
291
-
Eric BROWN
16
73
76
69
73
291
-
Orville MOODY
16
71
70
74
76
291
-
Bernard HUNT
23
73
71
75
73
292
-
23
74
68
76
74
292
-
Billy CASPER
25
70
70
75
78
293
-
Fred BOOBYER
25
74
70
76
73
293
-
Alex CAYGILL
25
71
67
79
76
293
-
Hedley MUSCROFT
28
68
77
73
76
294
-
Peter TUPLING
28
73
71
78
72
294
-
Mike INGHAM
30
73
73
74
75
295
-
30
71
74
76
74
295
-
Jean GARAIALDE
30
69
77
76
73
295
-
Donald SWAELENS
30
72
73
76
74
295
-
Gordon CUNNINGHAM
34
74
72
71
79
296
-
Ray FLOYD
34
74
70
76
76
296
-
34
75
72
71
78
296
-
Vince HOOD
34
75
71
74
76
296
-
Brian WAITES
34
73
75
74
74
296
-
John GARNER
34
72
71
76
77
296
-
Jimmy HITCHCOCK
40
74
74
73
76
297
-
Brian BARNES
40
73
73
76
75
297
-
Michael BONALLACK
42
74
72
73
79
298
-
Angel GALLARDO
42
72
76
73
77
298
-
Peter WILCOCK
42
73
74
74
77
298
-
John PANTON
45
73
69
76
82
300
-
Hugh JACKSON
46
69
78
75
79
301
-
Antonio GARRIDO
WD
79
71
73
-
-
-
James BUCKLEY
WD
73
75
75
-
-
-
Bruce FLEISCHER
WD
74
73
76
-
-
-
Bernard GALLACHER
WD
70
78
75
-
-
-
Jimmy MARTIN
WD
72
79
72
-
-
-
Craig DEFOY
WD
72
76
75
-
-
-
Maurice BEMBRIDGE
WD
73
76
75
-
-
-
Tony FISHER
WD
75
73
76
-
-
-
Dai REES
WD
75
75
74
-
-
-
Robin DAVENPORT
WD
75
76
74
-
-
-
Warren HUMPHREYS
WD
76
74
75
-
-
-
Hugh LEWIS
WD
75
72
78
-
-
-
Tony GRUBB
WD
73
74
78
-
-
-
Richard LIVINGSTON
WD
75
74
76
-
-
-
Martin ROESINK
WD
76
75
74
-
-
-
David SNELL
WD
75
74
76
-
-
-
Bobby WALKER
WD
73
74
78
-
-
-
Ronnie SHADE
WD
73
74
79
-
-
-
Malcolm GREGSON
WD
77
74
75
-
-
-
David HUISH
WD
77
74
75
-
-
-
Paddy SKERRITT
WD
79
72
75
-
-
-
Gardner DICKINSON
WD
76
74
76
-
-
-
Jimmy HUME
WD
72
76
78
-
-
-
Nick JOB
WD
72
79
76
-
-
-
Valentin BARRIOS
WD
73
75
79
-
-
-
John MCGUIRK
WD
76
74
78
-
-
-
Dave THOMAS
WD
76
75
77
-
-
-
David TALBOT
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
Michael MURPHY
M/C
83
69
-
-
-
M/C
Bobby COLE
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Barry FRANKLIN
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
David BUTLER
M/C
78
74
-
-
-
M/C
Nicholas LYNCH
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
Jack WILKSHIRE
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
Rich BASSETT
M/C
78
75
-
-
-
M/C
Brian ALLEN
M/C
78
75
-
-
-
M/C
Sean HUNT
M/C
74
79
-
-
-
M/C
Lionel PLATTS
M/C
83
70
-
-
-
M/C
Ross WHITEHEAD
M/C
82
71
-
-
-
M/C
Rodney FOSTER
M/C
74
79
-
-
-
M/C
Mike HOYLE
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
Ernie JONES
M/C
78
76
-
-
-
M/C
Harry BANNERMAN
M/C
75
79
-
-
-
M/C
Bud EDMONDSON
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
Bill LARGE
M/C
75
79
-
-
-
M/C
Allan GILLIES
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
David PASONAGE
M/C
80
75
-
-
-
M/C
Roger LIVESEY
M/C
76
79
-
-
-
M/C
Dale HAYES
M/C
80
75
-
-
-
M/C
Manuel BALLESTEROS
M/C
80
75
-
-
-
M/C
George EVANS
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
Guy HUNT
M/C
76
79
-
-
-
M/C
Norman DREW
M/C
78
77
-
-
-
M/C
Donald GAMMON
M/C
75
81
-
-
-
M/C
Peter OOSTERHUIS
M/C
76
80
-
-
-
M/C
George TOMLINSON
M/C
77
79
-
-
-
M/C
Paddy MCGUIRK
M/C
79
77
-
-
-
M/C
R.M ANDERSON
M/C
72
85
-
-
-
M/C
Abdel HALIM
M/C
80
77
-
-
-
M/C
David RIDLEY
M/C
79
78
-
-
-
M/C
Peter BUTLER
M/C
80
77
-
-
-
M/C
Jimmy KINSELLA
M/C
78
80
-
-
-
M/C
J.M. KIPPAX
M/C
78
80
-
-
-
M/C
William FERGUSON
M/C
79
80
-
-
-
M/C
Jock BURNS
M/C
81
78
-
-
-
M/C
Michael KING
M/C
81
78
-
-
-
M/C
Hugh BOYLE
M/C
76
83
-
-
-
M/C
Mick NOTLEY
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
K. MORRISON
M/C
83
77
-
-
-
M/C
George WILL
M/C
81
79
-
-
-
M/C
Roy WILLIAMSON
M/C
80
80
-
-
-
M/C
William MCHARDY
M/C
77
84
-
-
-
M/C
Bill HECTOR
M/C
77
85
-
-
-
M/C
Maurice MOIR
M/C
81
81
-
-
-
M/C
Reg GLADING
M/C
82
80
-
-
-
M/C
Richard EMERY
M/C
77
86
-
-
-
M/C
Alan HALL
M/C
82
82
-
-
-
M/C
Mario NAPOLEONI
M/C
84
80
-
-
-
M/C
Sandy WILSON
M/C
82
83
-
-
-
M/C
Aldo CASERA
M/C
77
89
-
-
-
M/C
Howard BENNETT
M/C
85
84
-
-
-
M/C
Stuart BROWN
DQ
79
-
-
-
-
M/C
Dudley MILLENSTED
NR
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
George ARCHER
Scr
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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