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1965 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1965 British Open Golf Tournament

Australian great Peter Thomson won the 1965 British Open, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest links players in golf history, and validating his earlier accomplishments.

Why do we say Thomson "validated" his achievements? His win here was Thomson's fifth Open Championship title. His previous four British Open wins were all in the 1950s, when few (if any) of the top golfers on the USPGA crossed the ocean to play.

There were some golf obververs at the time (primarily in America) who devalued Thomson's four British Open wins. He didn't beat the game's best, they argued, and he rarely played against the best in America.

But at the 1965 British Open, Thomson did beat the best: Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were in the field, and Thomson bested them by 10 strokes and nine strokes, respectively; he bettered defending champ Tony Lema by four.

Thomson never played the USPGA much during his prime, but many years later he did spend one full season playing the Champions Tour. And he dominated, winning nine times in 1985.

As noted, this was Thomson's fifth (and last) British Open victory. From 1952 through 1958, he won the tournament four times and finished no worse than second place.

Christy O'Connor Sr., one of the best players in Europe and a stalwart on Great Britain & Ireland Ryder Cup teams over two decades, never won the Open Championship, but did finish in the Top 10 ten times. This year, O'Connor had his best finish in the Open, a tie for second with Brian Huggett. Huggett was another GB&I star, and this was also his best showing in the Open.

1965 British Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1965 British Open golf tournament played at the par-72 Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England (a-amateur):

Peter Thomson 74-68-72-71--285
Brian Huggett 73-68-76-70--287
Christy O'Connor Sr. 69-73-74-71--287
Roberto De Vicenzo 74-69-73-72--288
Bernard Hunt 74-74-70-71--289
Tony Lema 68-72-75-74--289
Kel Nagle 74-70-73-72--289
Bruce Devlin 71-69-75-75--290
Sebastian Miguel 72-73-72-73--290
Max Faulkner 74-72-74-73--293
John Panton 74-74-75-70--293
Hugh Boyle 73-69-76-76--294
Neil Coles 73-74-77-70--294
Jack Nicklaus 73-71-77-73--294
Lionel Platts 72-72-73-77--294
Arnold Palmer 70-71-75-79--295
Eric Brown 72-70-77-77--296
Tommy Horton 75-73-76-72--296
Cobie Legrange 76-73-75-72--296
Guy Wolstenholme 72-75-77-72--296
Brian Bamford 72-76-74-75--297
Christy Green 72-77-74-74--297
Denis Hutchinson 74-72-76-75--297
George Will 75-69-74-79--297
Fred Boobyer 74-73-73-78--298
Tony Jacklin 75-73-73-77--298
Doug Sewell 72-75-74-77--298
Ramon Sota 75-70-78-75--298
a-Michael Burgess 74-73-78-74--299
Harry Weetman 76-69-80-74--299
Tony Coop 78-71-78-74--301
Bill Large 76-73-74-78--301
Doug Beattie 73-74-76-79--302
a-Michael Bonallack 75-72-79-76--302
a-Joe Carr 70-72-81-79--302
David Miller 77-70-76-79--302
Bill Hector 76-70-79-78--303
George Low 74-75-77-77--303
Dave Thomas 73-73-78-80--304
Terry Dill 75-72-79-79--305
Angel Galladrod 77-71-80-77--305
Robert Mandeville 72-76-77-80--305
David Talbot 75-72-76-82--305
Gordon Cunningham 74-75-79-78--306
Jim McAlister 72-75-77-82--306
Ross Newdick 75-72-80-80--307
Peter Alliss 73-73-82-80--308
Barry Franklin 77-70-84-77--308
Jimmy Hitchcock 75-74-85-76--310

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