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1958 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1958 British Open Golf Tournament

Peter Thomson won his fourth Open Championship title, defeating Dave Thomas in a 36-hole playoff at the 1958 British Open.

Thomson had a 2-stroke lead after the third round, but Thomas shot 71 to Thomson's 73 in the final round to force a tie at 278.

The playoff was 36 holes by design, with morning and afternoon 18s. Thomson took the lead in the morning, 68 to 69, then pulled clear in the afternoon, winning 139 to 143.

Thomas, from Wales, was a regular winner in Europe during the 1950s and 1960s, posting wins in tournaments such as the French Open and Dutch Open, and played in four Ryder Cups. He also finished second in the 1966 British Open.

Thomson previously won the British Open in 1954, 1955 and 1956; and he won again in 1965 to finish with five Open Championships.

Gene Sarazen, 56 years old, tied for 16th place in what turned out to be the last British Open in which he made the cut. Three-time Open champion Henry Cotton finished tied for eighth, his last Top 10 finish in the Open. Future British Open winner Bob Charles made his tournament debut as an amateur, missing the cut.

1958 British Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1958 British Open golf tournament played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Peter Thomson 66-72-67-73--278
Dave Thomas 70-68-69-71--278
Eric Brown 73-70-65-71--279
Christy O'Connor Sr. 67-68-73-71--279
Leopoldo Ruiz 71-65-72-73--281
Flory Van Donck 70-70-67-74--281
Gary Player 68-74-70-71--283
Henry Cotton 68-75-69-72--284
Eric Lester 73-66-71-74--284
Harry Weetman 73-67-73-71--284
Peter Alliss 72-70-70-73--285
a-Donald Swaelens 74-67-74-70--285
Harold Henning 70-71-72-73--286
Jean Garaialde 69-74-72-72--287
Dai Rees 77-69-71-70--287
Max Faulkner 68-71-71-78--288
Bobby Locke 76-70-72-70--288
Eric Moore 72-72-70-74--288
Gene Sarazen 73-73-70-72--288
Tony Coop 69-71-75-75--290
Fred Daly 71-74-72-73--290
Norman Drew 69-72-75-74--290
Christy Greene 75-71-72-72--290
Harry Bradshaw 70-73-72-76--291
Gerry De Wit 71-75-72-73--291
Antonio Cerda 72-71-74-75--292
Sebastian Miguel 74-71-73-74--292
Trevor Wilkes 76-70-69-77--292
Miguel Angel Martin 71-70-75-77--293
Bernard Hunt 70-70-76-79--295
Sam King 71-73-76-75--295
David Snell 72-72-72-79--295
Jack Wilkshire 74-70-78-74--296
Bruce Crampton 73-73-75-76--297
Syd Scott 73-74-74-76--297
Brian Wilkes 73-73-75-76--297
a-Joe Carr 70-74-77-77--298
David Melville 76-71-76-79--302
Cecil Denny 74-73-77-79--303
Bill Large 70-72-81-80--303

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