1954 British Open Winner and Scores

The 1954 British Open was the 83rd time the tournament was played. The champion here eventually won the tournament five times total, but this was his first.

Winner: Peter Thomson, 283

Where it was played: Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England

Tournament dates: July 7-9, 1954

Leader after first round: Sam King and Bill Spence, 69

Leader after second round: Bill Spence, 141

Leader after third round: Peter Thomson, Dai Rees and Syd Scott, 212

What Happened at the 1954 Open Championship

In his fourth appearance in the Open Championship, Peter Thomson claimed his first victory. It began a run of four British Open wins in five years for Thomson. Thomson did it by holding off Bobby Locke in the final round, ending Locke's own recent run of success: Locke had won three of the previous five Opens.

Thomson played steady golf throughout, sharing the third-round lead with Dai Rees and Syd Scott (Scott set a course record in Round 2 with a 67). But Rees and Scott both carded 72s in the final round and shared second place with Locke.

Thomson finished with a 71, but opened the door on his last hole by hitting into a greenside bunker and making bogey. But Locke, needing a birdie at the last to force a playoff, was only able to make par. Rees also missed a putt on the 72nd hole that would have forced a playoff.

Thomson finished sixth in his Open debut in 1950. But over the following seven years, his finishes were: 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1. Thomson later added one more British Open title, in 1965.

Locke also won once more after 1954, claiming his fourth Open Championship in 1957. Three-time Masters champion Jimmy Demaret played the British Open only once in his career, and this was the year. He finished tied for 10th, six strokes behind the winner.

Thomson was the first Australian winner of the Open Championship, and just the second Australian-born golfer to win any of golf's professional majors. (Jim Ferrier, at the 1947 PGA Championship, was the first.)

The 1954 British Open was the first one played at Royal Birkdale.

1954 British Open Final Scores

Peter Thomson 72-71-69-71—283
Bobby Locke 74-71-69-70—284
Dai Rees 72-71-69-72—284
Syd Scott 76-67-69-72—284
Jimmy Adams 73-75-69-69—286
Antonio Cerda 71-71-73-71—286
Jim Turnesa 72-72-71-71—286
Peter Alliss 72-74-71-70—287
Sam King 69-74-74-70—287
Jimmy Demaret 73-71-74-71—289
Flory Van Donck 77-71-70-71—289
Alfonso Angelini 76-70-73-71—290
Harry Bradshaw 72-72-73-73—290
Bill Spence 69-72-74-75—290
Bobby Halsall 72-73-73-73—291
a-Peter Toogood 72-75-73-71—291
Ugo Grappasonni 72-75-74-71—292
Christie Kane 74-72-74-72—292
Gene Sarazen 75-74-73-70—292
Norman Drew 76-71-74-72—293
Max Faulkner 73-78-69-73—293
Jack Hargreaves 77-72-77-67—293
John Jacobs 71-73-80-69—293
Eric Lester 72-75-73-73—293
Christy O'Connor Sr. 74-72-72-75—293
Lambert Topping 75-76-69-73—293
Norman Sutton 70-80-72-72—294
E.B. Williamson 76-73-75-70—294
Jimmy Hitchcock 73-72-76-74—295
Ben Shelton 74-77-71-73—295
a-Frank Stranahan 73-75-71-76—295
Jean Garaialde 76-73-72-75—296
Ralph Mills 73-76-70-77—296
T. Travena 75-74-75-72—296
Bill Branch 73-78-71-75—297
Fred Daly 74-72-74-77—297
Norman Von Nida 76-74-74-73—297
Jean-Baptiste Ado 72-78-76-72—298
Enrique Bertolino 74-76-74-74—298
Aldo Casera 75-73-72-78—298
Bill Shankland 72-72-79-76—299
William John Henderson 74-72-76-78—300
Al Watrous 76-72-74-78—300
Cecil Denny 74-77-79-71—301
Robert French 75-75-77-75—302
George Howard 71-77-74-80—302
Fred Bullock 72-77-77-78—304
Frank Jowle 80-70-79-75—304
Robert Mandeville 74-73-78-79—304
Hector Thomson 76-75-74-79—304

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