1967 British Open Golf Tournament Winner and Scores

The 1967 British Open was the 96th time the tournament was played. The winner was from Argentina, and he was, therefore, the first South American golfer to win one of the men's professional majors.

Winner: Roberto De Vicenzo, 278

Where it was played: Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England

Tournament dates: July 12-15, 1967

Leader after first round: Lionel Platts, 68

Leader after second round: Bruce Devlin and Jack Nicklaus, 140

Leader after third round: Roberto De Vicezno, 208

What Happened at the 1967 Open Championship

One year before his infamous goof that cost him a chance to win the 1968 Masters, Argentine great Roberto De Vicenzo earned his first, and only, major championship victory at the 1967 British Open.

De Vicenzo was 44 years, 93 days old, which made him the third-oldest winner of any of the men's professional majors at that time. And it made De Vicenzo the oldest winner of the British Open post-1900 (Old Tom Morris was 46 when he won in 1867).

The defending champion was Jack Nicklaus, and Nicklaus shared the lead at the midway point. De Vicenzo shot 67 in the third round to Nicklaus' 71, taking a 2-stroke lead over Gary Player and a 3-stroke lead over Nicklaus into the final round.

And in the final round, De Vicenzo — who had six previous Top 3 finishes in the Open Championship and eight previous Top 6 finishes dating to 1948 — held off Nicklaus' challenge while Player fell back with a 74.

De Vicenzo shot 70 in the final round and Nicklaus 69, producing the final 2-stroke margin of victory. A key moment in the final round was the par-5 16th hole, where De Vicenzo's drive missed the fairway to the right. When he pulled a wood from his bag, signalling a risky attempt to reach the green out of the rough, with out-of-bounds areas menacing, there were audible gasps from the spectators.

But De Vicenzo struck the shot pure, and his ball finished in the middle of the green. He two-putted for birdie. Afterward, De Vicenzo said of the shot, "I play for it, I make it. It was my greatest shot."

It was Nicklaus' second runner-up finish in an Open; he eventually finished second a record seven times in this major. Tony Jacklin, who went on to win the 1969 British Open as well as a U.S. Open, finished fifth. It was his first Top 10 finish in any major.

One year later, De Vicenzo finished 72 holes of the 1968 Masters tied with Bob Goalby. But he failed to notice an error before signing his scorecard. The subsequent penalty cost him the spot in the playoff and a chance to win the Green Jacket.

1967 British Open Final Scores

Roberto De Vicenzo 70-71-67-70—278
Jack Nicklaus 71-69-71-69—280
Clive Clark 70-73-69-72—284
Gary Player 72-71-67-74—284
Tony Jacklin 73-69-73-70—285
Harold Henning 74-70-71-71—286
Sebastian Miguel 72-74-68-72—286
Al Balding 74-71-69-73—287
Hugh Boyle 74-74-71-68—287
Bruce Devlin 70-70-72-75—287
Tommy Horton 74-74-69-70—287
Peter Thomson 71-74-70-72—287
Deane Beman 72-76-68-73—289
Mike Hoyle 74-75-69-71—289
Stan Peach 71-75-73-70—289
Lionel Platts 68-73-72-76—289
Guy Wolstenholme 74-71-73-71—289
Barry Coxon 73-76-71-70—290
Hedley Muscroft 72-73-72-73—290
Doug Sanders 71-73-73-73—290
Christy O'Connor Sr. 70-74-71-76—291
Denis Hutchinson 73-72-71-76—292
Peter Mills 72-75-73-72—292
Kel Nagle 70-74-69-79—292
Brian Barnes 71-75-74-73—293
Robin Davenport 76-69-75-73—293
Barry Franklin 70-74-73-76—293
Brian Huggett 73-75-72-73—293
Fred Boobyer 70-71-74-79—294
Jimmy Hume 69-72-73-80—294
Brian Allen 71-77-76-71—295
Gordon Cunningham 74-74-73-74—295
Doug Sewell 71-77-74-73—295
David Snell 77-70-73-75—295
Harry Weetman 76-69-79-71—295
Roberto Bernardini 75-74-74-74—297
Neil Coles 74-72-76-75—297
Bernard Hunt 74-73-73-77—297
Malcolm Leeder 72-76-75-74—297
David Melville 74-74-74-75—297
Cyril Pennington 77-72-74-74—297
Harry Bannerman 74-75-74-75—298
David Bonthron 69-75-79-75—298
Eric Brown 74-75-76-73—298
Phil Rodgers 74-73-77-74—298
Bert Yancey 75-73-71-79—298
David Butler 75-74-75-75—299
Jean Garaialde 76-71-78-74—299
John Panton 73-76-75-75—299
Jack Wilkshire 69-78-79-73—299
Richard Emery 73-75-77-75—300
Malcolm Gregson 76-73-73-78—300
Sewsunker Sewgolum 73-75-77-76—301
Ken Bousfield 73-74-79-76—302
John Cockin 71-78-76-78—303
Bill Ferguson 74-74-80-80—308
Jimmy Martin 75-73-80-80—308

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