1984 British Open Winner and Scores

The 1984 British Open was the 113rd time the tournament was played. Tom Watson was going for his third consecutive Open victory, but it was Seve Ballesteros who emerged as champion.

Winner: Seve Ballesteros, 276

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

Tournament dates: July 19-22, 1984

Leader after first round: Bill Longmuir, Greg Norman and Peter Jacobsen, 67

Leader after second round: Ian Baker-Finch, 134

Leader after third round: Ian Baker-Finch and Tom Watson, 205

What Happened at the 1984 British Open

The final leaderboard at the 1984 British Open was about as strong as it could get for a tournament of this era: Ballesteros, Langer, Watson, Couples, Wadkins, Faldo, Norman. That's a loaded leaderboard.

It was Seve Ballesteros who bested the rest, however, winning his second Open Championship and fourth major championship. Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer finished two strokes behind. And it happened at The Old Course in St. Andrews.

Ian Baker-Finch, who to this point had played primarily in Australia and New Zealand, made his first big splash on the international scene. In his first appearance in a major, Baker-Finch shared the 54-hole lead with Watson, at 11-under, two strokes in front of Ballesteros and Langer.

But Baker-Finch crumbled in the final round with a 79. The championship came down to a duel between Watson, seeking his sixth Open Championship title and this third consecutively, and Ballesteros. And the Road Hole — No. 17 — proved the difference.

Ballesteros and Watson were tied when Seve parred the 17th. Watson wasn't as fortunate. His approach bounded over the green, across the road and perilously close to the stone wall. Watson could only make bogey.

Ballesteros then birdied the final hole to achieve the final 2-stroke margin of victory. Seve's reaction when his 15-foot birdie found the cup was a joyous, fist-pumping celebration that is well-remembered to this day.

Peter Thomson, a 5-time winner of the Open, played in his final major at this tournament, missing the cut. And Kel Nagle, who beat Arnold Palmer to win the 1960 British Open, also missed the cut in his last appearance in a major.

1984 British Open Final Scores

Seve Ballesteros 69-68-70-69—276
Bernhard Langer 71-68-68-71—278
Tom Watson 71-68-66-73—278
Fred Couples 70-69-74-68—281
Lanny Wadkins 70-69-73-69—281
Nick Faldo 69-68-76-69—282
Greg Norman 67-74-74-67—282
Mark McCumber 74-67-72-70—283
Hugh Baiocchi 72-70-70-72—284
Ian Baker-Finch 68-66-71-79—284
Graham Marsh 70-74-73-67—284
Ronan Rafferty 74-72-67-71—284
Sam Torrance 74-74-66-70—284
Andy Bean 72-69-75-69—285
Bill Bergin 75-73-66-71—285
Ken Brown 74-71-72-68—285
Hale Irwin 75-68-70-72—285
Sandy Lyle 75-71-72-67—285
Peter Senior 74-70-70-71—285
Lee Trevino 70-67-75-73—285
Fuzzy Zoeller 71-72-71-71—285
Ben Crenshaw 72-75-70-69—286
Peter Jacobsen 67-73-73-73—286
Tom Kite 69-71-74-72—286
Gil Morgan 71-71-71-73—286
Corey Pavin 71-74-72-69—286
Paul Way 73-72-69-72—286
Terry Gale 71-74-72-70—287
Jaime Gonzalez 69-71-76-71—287
Craig Stadler 75-70-70-72—287
Ross Drummond 77-71-69-71—288
Bernard Gallacher 70-74-72-72—288
Johnny Miller 75-71-70-72—288
Jack Nicklaus 76-72-68-72—288
Philip Parkin 73-73-73-69—288
Jose Maria Canizares 70-71-72-76—289
David Dunk 71-72-73-73—289
Jay Haas 73-71-73-72—289
Jimmy Heggarty 71-74-72-72—289
Gavin Levenson 74-70-73-72—289
Ewen Murray 72-74-71-72—289
Tommy Nakajima 70-71-74-74—289
Manuel Pinero 71-71-76-71—289
Mark James 70-73-72-75—290
Martin Poxon 70-74-73-73—290
Nick Price 74-73-72-71—290
Isao Aoki 71-74-73-73—291
Manuel Calero 75-72-72-72—291
Roger Chapman 72-74-70-75—291
Bob Charles 75-73-70-73—291
David Frost 76-72-70-73—291
Richard Boxall 71-74-73-74—292
John Chillas 71-72-75-74—292
Howard Clark 74-74-71-73—292
Bill Longmuir 67-71-79-76—293
Malcolm Mackenzie 72-72-74-75—293
Emilio Rodriguez 74-74-69-76—293
David J. Russell 73-74-71-75—293
Saburo Fujiki 72-73-74-75—294
John Garner 74-71-74-76—295
Gary Koch 75-73-70-77—295
Rick Hartmann 70-73-76-77—296
Joe Ozaki 72-76-70-78—296

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