1978 British Open Winner and Scores

The 1978 British Open was the 107th time the tournament was played, and it was the year of Jack Nicklaus' final victory in this major. Nicklaus won this tournament the way he won so many: by hanging around the lead, then holding his nerve while other contenders were losing theirs in the final round.

Winner: Jack Nicklaus, 281

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

Tournament dates: July 12-15, 1978

Leader after first round: Isao Aoki, 68

Leader after second round: Seve Ballesteros, Ben Crenshaw and Isao Aoki, 139

Leader after third round: Peter Oosterhuis and Tom Watson, 211

What Happened at the 1978 Open Championship

Jack Nicklaus completed the career Grand Slam for the third time — with this victory, he had at least three wins in each of the majors — by winning the 1978 British Open. It was also his second win on The Old Course at St. Andrews, following his 1970 British Open triumph.

Nicklaus, aiming for his first win in a major championship since 1975, began the final round one stroke behind co-leaders Tom Watson and Peter Oosterhuis. But neither Watson (who shot 76) nor Oosterhuis (73) figured in the end game. Watson, the defending champ, fell away with a front-nine stretch of four consecutive bogeys.

Nicklaus was paired with Simon Owen, and the championship came down to the two of them. Owen led by one following a chip-in birdie on the 15th hole. But Nicklaus reclaimed the lead after a two-shot swing on the 16th: The Bear birdied, while Owen three-putted for bogey. Nicklaus gained another stroke on the 17th and sealed the win, his 15th career victory in a professional major and his 67th career win on the PGA Tour.

Owen finished tied for second place, two behind Nicklaus. Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Raymond Floyd also tied for second. Owen made the cut in only four majors total in his career, and this was his only Top 10 finish.

Nick Faldo recorded his first Top 10 finish in an Open Championship or any other major at the 1978 British Open, finishing tied for seventh. It was the third appearance in the Open for Faldo, who went on to win the championship three times. And Greg Norman, a future 2-time British Open winner, made his first cut in a major here, tying for 29th. Bobby Locke, who won the Open four times from 1949 to 1957, missed the cut in his final appearance in a major.

1978 British Open Final Scores

Jack Nicklaus 71-72-69-69—281
Ben Crenshaw 70-69-73-71—283
Ray Floyd 69-75-71-68—283
Tom Kite 72-69-72-70—283
Simon Owen 70-75-67-71—283
Peter Oosterhuis 72-70-69-73—284
Isao Aoki 68-71-73-73—285
Nick Faldo 71-72-70-72—285
John Schroeder 74-69-70-72—285
Bob Shearer 71-69-74-71—285
Michael Cahill 71-72-75-68—286
Dale Hayes 74-70-71-71—286
Orville Moody 73-69-74-70—286
Mark Hayes 70-75-75-67—287
Jumbo Ozaki 72-69-75-71—287
Tom Watson 73-68-70-76—287
Seve Ballesteros 69-70-76-73—288
Bob Byman 72-69-74-73—288
Guy Hunt 71-73-71-73—288
Tommy Nakajima 70-71-76-71—288
Tom Weiskopf 69-72-72-75—288
Bernard Gallacher 72-71-76-70—289
Nick Job 73-75-68-73—289
Antonio Garrido 73-71-76-70—290
Hale Irwin 75-71-76-68—290
Carl Mason 70-74-72-74—290
Jack Newton 69-76-71-74—290
Peter Thomson 72-70-72-76—290
Tienie Britz 73-74-72-72—291
Hubert Green 78-70-67-76—291
John Morgan 74-68-77-72—291
Greg Norman 72-73-74-72—291
Lee Trevino 75-72-73-71—291
Brian Barnes 71-74-75-72—292
Ken Brown 73-72-71-76—292
Garry Cullen 73-67-79-73—292
Arnold Palmer 71-71-75-75—292
Gary Player 74-71-76-71—292
David Graham 73-74-70-76—293
Mike Krantz 75-72-75-71—293
a-Peter McEvoy 71-74-76-72—293
Nick Price 74-73-74-72—293
Guy Wolstenholme 73-74-71-75—293
Francisco Abreu 73-73-76-72—294
Manuel Ballesteros 73-71-74-76—294
Howard Clark 70-75-73-76—294
a-Mike Miller 70-74-74-76—294
Andy Bean 72-76-72-75—295
a-Allan Brodie 73-72-75-75—295
Bob Charles 73-70-79-73—295
Neil Coles 71-73-73-78—295
John Bland 72-73-77-74—296
Rodger Davis 73-72-73-78—296
David Good 75-73-74-74—296
Simon Hobday 73-71-77-75—296
Bill Longmuir 75-71-75-75—296
Vaughan Somers 72-72-76-76—296
Rocky Thompson 73-73-76-74—296
Peter Butler 71-74-75-77—297
a-Geoff Godwin 74-73-75-76—298
Bob Wynn 73-72-76-77—298
Peter Dawson 75-72-75-77—299
Ewen Murray 76-70-76-78—300

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