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1974 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1974 British Open Golf Tournament

Gary Player won the last of this three British Open titles here, winning by four strokes over Peter Oosterhuis.

Player opened with rounds of 69 and 68. There were only four sub-70 rounds all week over Royal Lytham & St. Annes, so Player had half of them in the first two rounds. He built such a lead that a 75 in the third round didn't hurt too much - Player went into the final round with a 3-stroke margin.

And once again, he carded one of the better rounds of the day, shooting 70 to finish at 282; as noted, four strokes better than Oosterhuis and five ahead of third-place finisher Jack Nicklaus.

For Player, it was his eighth overall major championship victory (he would win one more at the 1978 Masters). He also became the second golfer (after Harry Vardon) to win the Open Championship in three different decades.

Oosterhuis posted eight career Top 10s in majors, including a tie for second at the 1982 British Open. His solo second here, in the 1974 British Open, was his highest finish.

The 1974 British Open marked the first use in this tourney of the so-called "American ball." Prior to 1974, the R&A and USGA disagreed on the size of the golf ball, and a "small ball" was in use in Europe and the British Open. The "British ball" was 1.62 inches in diameter, the American ball 1.68 inches. Prior to the 1974 British Open, the R&A and USGA finally agreed to standardized the size of the golf ball at the ever-so-slightly larger 1.68 inches.

Peter Alliss made his final major championship appearance here, missing the cut.

1974 British Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1974 British Open golf tournament played at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club in Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England:

Gary Player 69-68-75-70--282
Peter Oosterhuis 71-71-73-71--286
Jack Nicklaus 74-72-70-71--287
Hubert Green 71-74-72-71--288
Liang-Huan Lu 72-72-75-73--292
Danny Edwards 70-73-76-73--292
Tom Weiskopf 72-72-74-75--293
Bobby Cole 70-72-76-75--293
Donald Swaelens 77-73-74-69--293
Johnny Miller 72-75-73-74--294
David Graham 76-74-76-69--295
John Garner 75-78-73-69--295
Neil Coles 72-75-75-74--296
John Morgan 69-75-76-76--296
Al Geiberger 76-70-76-74--296
Alan Tapie 73-77-73-73--296
Peter Townsend 79-76-72-69--296
Peter Dawson 74-74-73-76--297
Tony Jacklin 74-77-71-75--297
Gene Littler 77-76-70-74--297
Dewitt Weaver 73-80-70-74--297
Lanny Wadkins 78-71-75-74--298
Ronnie Shade 78-75-73-72--298
Bernard Gallacher 76-72-76-75--299
Angel Gallardo 74-77-75-73--299
Christy O'Connor Jr. 78-76-72-73--299
Hale Irwin 76-73-79-71--299
Doug McClelland 75-79-73-73--300
Ben Crenshaw 74-80-76-70--300
David Jagger 80-71-76-73--300
Peter Butler 75-77-77-72--301
David Chillas 72-78-77-74--301
Hugh Jackson 78-76-73-74--301
Vicente Fernandez 78-72-78-73--301
Tommy Horton 78-76-76-71--301
Lee Trevino 79-70-78-74--301
Oscar Cerda 80-74-77-70--301
Gay Brewer 78-77-74-73--302
John Cook 76-79-75-73--303
Guy Hunt 78-73-72-80--303
Bruce Devlin 81-74-73-75--303
Derek Small 73-75-77-79--304
Bernard Hunt 74-77-74-79--304
Stuart Levermore 77-77-76-75--305
John Mahaffey 78-77-75-75--305
John O'Leary 71-79-78-77--305
Brian Barnes 74-79-78-74--305
Maurice Bembridge 76-77-73-79--305
Graham Marsh 79-75-77-74--305
Noel Hunt 73-73-79-80--305
Malcolm Gregson 79-76-76-75--306
Roberto De Vicenzo 80-74-77-75--306
Brian Waites 78-74-74-81--307
Norman Wood 74-78-78-78--308
Mike Slater 77-74-80-77--308
Christy O'Connor Sr. 80-74-77-78--309
Ian Stanley 77-79-75-78--309
John Panton 77-75-77-80--309
Bob Shearer 77-79-73-81--310
John Fourie 79-73-77-81--310

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