1979 British Open: Seve's First Trophy

The 1979 British Open was the 108th time the tournament was played, and it was Seve's first win in a major.

Winner: Seve Ballesteros, 283

Where it was played: Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lytham St. Annes, England

Tournament dates: July 18-21, 1979

Leader after first round: Bill Longmuir, 65

Leader after second round: Hale Irwin, 136

Leader after third round: Hale Irwin, 211

Notable Notes: Seve Ballesteros was just 22 years old in 1979, and he had already made a name for himself. But this is the tournament at which he became a major champion. Ballesteros trailed Hale Irwin by two entering the final round, but shot 70 while Irwin struggled to a 78. Ballesteros won by three shots over Jack Nicklaus (Nicklaus' sixth second-place finish in a British Open) and Ben Crenshaw.

Final Scores

Seve Ballesteros 73-65-75-70—283
Ben Crenshaw 72-71-72-71—286
Jack Nicklaus 72-69-73-72—286
Mark James 76-69-69-73—287
Rodger Davis 75-70-70-73—288
Hale Irwin 68-68-75-78—289
Isao Aoki 70-74-72-75—291
Graham Marsh 74-68-75-74—291
Bob Byman 73-70-72-76—291
Jumbo Ozaki 75-69-75-73—292
Greg Norman 73-71-72-76—292
Bob Charles 78-72-70-72—292
John O'Leary 73-73-74-73—293
Wally Armstrong 74-74-73-72—293
Terry Gale 71-74-75-73—293
Simon Owen 75-76-74-68—293
Lee Trevino 71-73-74-76—294
a-Peter McEvoy 71-74-72-77—294
Orville Moody 71-74-76-74—295
Sandy Lyle 74-76-75-70—295
Ken Brown 72-71-75-77—295
Gary Player 77-74-69-75—295
Nick Faldo 74-74-78-69—295
Tony Jacklin 73-74-76-73—296
Toru Nakamura 77-75-67-77—296
Ed Sneed 76-75-70-76—297
Peter Thomson 76-75-72-74—297
Jerry Pate 69-74-76-78—297
Tom Watson 72-68-76-81—297
Armando Saavedra 76-76-73-73—298
Tom Kite 73-74-77-74—298
Simon Hobday 75-77-71-75—298
Bobby Verwey 75-77-74-72—298
Mark Hayes 75-75-77-71—298
Bill Longmuir 65-74-77-82—298
Lee Elder 75-72-76-76—299
Raymond Floyd 76-73-71-79—299
Peter Cowen 79-72-72-76—299
Christy O'Connor 79-73-71-76—299
Michael King 75-70-73-81—299
Philippe Toussaint 76-75-74-75—300
Martin Foster 77-75-74-74—300
Hugh Baiocchi 72-73-78-77—300
Peter Oosterhuis 75-74-73-78—300
John Schroeder 74-75-72-79—300
Denis Watson 75-70-76-79—300
Hubert Green 77-71-73-79—300
Noel Ratcliffe 79-73-72-76—300
Dennis Clark 72-69-76-83—300
Carl Mason 77-72-76-76—301
Garry Cullen 72-74-77-78—301
Brian Barnes 78-71-77-75—301
Dewitt Weaver 73-71-80-77—301
Geoff Parslow 75-75-76-76—302
Ian Richardson 75-73-77-77—302
Kosaku Shimada 75-74-75-78—302
Yoshitaka Yamamoto 76-74-77-76—303
Johnny Miller 77-73-77-76—303
Jack Newton 76-73-78-76—303
Guy Wolstenholme 77-75-71-80—303
Robin Fyfe 74-73-79-81—307

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