1970 British Open: Nicklaus Wins in Playoff

The 1970 British Open was the 99th time the tournament was played, and Jack Nicklaus won it in an 18-hole playoff.

Winner: Jack Nicklaus, 283

Where it was played: The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland

Tournament dates: July 8-12, 1970

Leader after first round: Neil Coles, 65

Leader after second round: Lee Trevino, 136

Leader after third round: Lee Trevino, 208

Notable Notes: Lee Trevino led by two entering the final round, but shot 77 in Round 4 to fall back. Instead, the fourth-round battle was between Jack Nicklaus and Doug Sanders, and Sanders took a 1-stroke lead to the final tee. He needed to sink a putt of around 2 1/2 feet to win ... but missed. In the 18-hole playoff, Nicklaus eked out a 1-stroke victory over Sanders, 72 to 73.

Final Scores

Jack Nicklaus 68-69-73-73—283
Doug Sanders 68-71-71-73—283
Harold Henning 67-72-73-73—285
Lee Trevino 68-68-72-77—285
Tony Jacklin 67-70-73-76—286
Neil Coles 65-74-72-76—287
Peter Oosterhuis 73-69-69-76—287
Hugh Jackson 69-72-73-74—288
Tommy Horton 66-73-75-75—289
John Panton 72-73-73-71—289
Peter Thomson 68-74-73-74—289
Arnold Palmer 68-72-76-74—290
Maurice Bembridge 67-74-75-76—292
Bob Charles 72-73-73-74—292
John Richardson 67-72-76-77—292
Bert Yancey 71-71-73-77—292
Roberto Bernardini 75-69-74-75—293
Billy Casper 71-74-73-75—293
Clive Clark 69-70-77-77—293
Roberto De Vicenzo 71-76-71-75—293
Christy O'Connor Sr. 72-68-74-79—293
Walter Godfrey 71-75-74-74—294
Tom Weiskopf 70-74-72-78—294
Guy Wolstenholme 68-77-72-77—294
Bruce Devlin 72-76-72-75—295
Graham Marsh 75-72-74-74—295
Ronnie Shade 72-75-69-79—295
Stuart Brown 73-73-71-79—296
Bobby Cole 71-76-71-78—296
Brian Huggett 68-78-73-77—296
Tom Shaw 73-71-73-79—296
Peter Alliss 69-74-78-76—297
Brian Barnes 69-74-75-79—297
Gay Brewer 69-74-74-80—297
Eric Brown 73-72-74-78—297
Dale Douglass 75-71-73-78—297
David Graham 72-72-74-79—297
Florentino Molina 67-75-78-77—297
Kel Nagle 71-74-73-79—297
Dave Thomas 70-72-76-79—297
Alex Caygill 74-72-74-78—298
Tony Grubb 72-77-71-78—298
Dave Marr 71-71-74-82—298
a-Steve Melnyk 69-74-76-79—298
Jimmy Hume 72-75-76-76—299
Peter Townsend 72-73-74-80—299
George Will 69-78-74-78—299
Guy Hunt 72-70-80-78—300
Jimmy Martin 71-74-75-80—300
Tommy Aaron 68-74-79-80—301
a-Warren Humphreys 73-73-76-79—301
Tomas Lopez 70-72-75-84—301
Norman Wood 73-73-77-78—301
Derek Small 69-74-80-79—302
Davis Love Jr. 71-74-73-85—303
Richard Livingston 75-73-75-81—304
Sandy Walker 70-78-75-84—307

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