1981 British Open Results

The 1981 British Open was the 110th time the tournament was played. And the winner had a friend to thank.

Winner: Bill Rogers, 276

Where it was played: Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England

Tournament dates: July 16-19, 1981

Leader after first round: Nick Job and Vicente Fernandez, 70

Leader after second round: Bill Rogers, 138

Leader after third round: Bill Rogers, 205

Notable Notes: The story goes that Bill Rogers only played this tournament because his friend Ben Crenshaw talked him into making the trip to Scotland. So when Rogers took a 1-stroke lead after a second-round 66, it's somehow appropriate that it was Crenshaw in second place. Crenshaw fell away over the final two rounds, but Rogers didn't — he led by five after Round 3 and won by four.

Final Scores

Bill Rogers 72-66-67-71—276
Bernhard Langer 73-67-70-70—280
Mark James 72-70-68-73—283
Raymond Floyd 74-70-69-70—283
Sam Torrance 72-69-73-70—284
Manuel Pinero 73-74-68-70—285
Bruce Lietzke 76-69-71-69—285
Ben Crenshaw 72-67-76-71—286
Howard Clark 72-76-70-68—286
Brian Jones 73-76-66-71—286
Isao Aoki 71-73-69-74—287
Lee Trevino 77-67-70-73—287
Nick Faldo 77-68-69-73—287
Sandy Lyle 73-73-71-71—288
David Graham 71-71-74-72—288
Nick Job 70-69-75-74—288
Brian Barnes 76-70-70-72—288
Eamonn Darcy 79-69-70-70—288
Peter Townsend 73-70-73-73—289
Jerry Pate 73-73-69-74—289
Graham Marsh 75-71-72-71—289
Gordon Brand Jr. 78-65-74-72—289
Arnold Palmer 72-74-73-71—290
Mark McNulty 74-74-74-68—290
Tony Jacklin 71-71-73-75—290
Simon Owen 71-74-70-75—290
Tom Watson 73-69-75-73—290
Hubert Green 75-72-74-69—290
Nick Price 77-68-76-69—290
Jack Nicklaus 83-66-71-70—290
Greg Norman 72-75-72-72—291
Trevor Powell 75-68-73-75—291
Des Smyth 77-67-73-74—291
John Morgan 77-72-73-69—291
Jumbo Ozaki 75-72-71-74—292
Tommy Horton 75-73-73-71—292
Billy Dunk 76-67-77-72—292
Bob Charles 77-71-71-73—292
Rodger Davis 74-71-74-74—293
Neil Coles 74-73-73-73—293
Seve Ballesteros 75-72-74-72—293
Johnny Miller 71-73-73-76—293
Florentino Molina 78-68-74-73—293
Ken Brown 74-72-74-74—294
Terry Gale 73-73-71-77—294
Ron Streck 78-70-72-74—294
Mark O'Meara 74-73-73-75—295
Jaime Gonzalez 76-70-76-73—295
a-Hal Sutton 71-77-73-74—295
David Thorp 76-69-74-77—296
David Jones 77-71-74-74—296
Brian Waites 75-69-74-78—296
Eddie Polland 75-75-72-75—297
Garry Cullen 78-70-73-76—297
Mike Ferguson 75-72-71-79—297
Noel Hunt 74-73-75-76—298
Warren Humphreys 76-71-74-77—298
John O'Leary 73-74-75-77—299
Payne Stewart 73-75-74-77—299
a-Geoffrey Godwin 75-71-72-81—299
Dick McLean 75-73-72-83—303

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