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1947 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1947 British Open Golf Tournament

At the 1947 British Open, Fred Daly became the first Irish golfer to win the Open Championship (or any of the professional majors), edging Reg Horne and amateur Frank Stranahan by one stroke.

Daly had a 4-stroke lead at the halfway mark, but a third-round 78 erased that advantage. After three rounds, Daly was tied with Norman Von Nida, Arthur Lees and Henry Cotton, and 13 players were within three strokes of the lead.

But in the final round, Daly's co-leaders all carded 76s, while Daly got round in 72, including a long birdie on the final hole. Reg Horne's birdie putt on the last hole horseshoed around the rim of the cup, staying out - otherwise he would have forced a playoff.

Stranahan 3-putted the 71st hole to bogey, then nearly holed his approach on the last, which also would have forced a playoff.

This was Daly's only major (the British Open was the only major in which he played). He finished second the next year, and third, fourth and third from 1950-52.

Stranahan turned pro in the mid-1950s, but prior to that he won the British Amateur twice and also finished second at the 1953 British Open. Stranahan never won a professional major, but the 1947 British Open was his second runner-up finish of the year; he also finished second at the 1947 Masters.

1947 British Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1947 British Open golf tournament played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England (a-amateur):

Fred Daly 73-70-78-72--293
Reg Horne 77-74-72-71--294
a-Frank Stranahan 71-79-72-72--294
Bill Shankland 76-74-75-70--295
Dick Burton 77-71-77-71--296
Johnny Bulla 80-72-74-71--297
Henry Cotton 69-78-74-76--297
Sam King 75-72-77-73--297
Arthur Lees 75-74-72-76--297
Norman Von Nida 74-76-71-76--297
Charlie Ward 76-73-76-72--297
Jimmy Adams 73-80-71-75--299
Alf Padgham 75-75-74-76--300
Reg Whitcombe 75-77-71-77--300
Laurie Ayton Jr. 69-80-74-79--302
Fred Bullock 74-78-78-72--302
Norman Sutton 77-76-73-77--303
Vic Ghezzi 75-78-72-79--304
Alf Perry 76-77-70-81--304
Ernest Whitcombe 77-76-74-77--304
Dai Rees 77-74-73-81--305
Flory Van Donck 73-76-81-75--305
Alan Waters 75-78-76-77--306
John Burton 73-79-76-81--309
Harry Busson 80-76-71-83--310
John A. Jacobs 75-80-76-79--310
Ken Bousfield 78-76-79-78--311
Arthur Havers 80-76-79-76--311
Norman Quigley 79-77-76-79--311
Basil Shepard 78-78-77-78--311
T.E. Odams 80-76-79-77--312
William Anderson 74-81-80-79--314
Max Faulkner 78-76-81-79--314
Frank Jowle 75-80-80-79--314
W.B. Thomson 78-76-78-83--315
Jock Henderson 78-78-81-79--316
Tom Gardner 77-76-77-89--319
Bert Hodson 79-77-84-84--324
Doug McEwan 77-79-87-84--327

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