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1976 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1976 British Open Golf Tournament

At the 1973 U.S. Open, Johnny Miller played what is considered the best final round in major championship history, shooting 63 to win.

At the 1976 British Open, Miller played another great final round to win his other major title. Miller shot 66 - tying the low round of the tournament - to come from two strokes behind at the start of the final round to win by six shots over Seve Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus.

Although it was Miller who was victorious, in many ways the story of this tournament was Ballesteros. He was 19 years old at the time, barely known outside of his native Spain.

But the risk-taking youngster held the halfway lead after a pair of 69s, and still had a 2-stroke advantage after a third-round 73.

But Ballesteros encountered trouble early in the final round, double-bogeying the par-4 sixth hole at Royal Birkdale after hitting his approach into thick shrubbery around the green. He wound up shooting 74, which, combined with Miller's great round, left Seve tied for second with Nicklaus.

It was certainly a harbinger of things to come for Ballesteros, however, who a month later collected his first European Tour victory at the Dutch Open.

The defending champion, Tom Watson, missed the second cut after the third round.

The 1976 British Open was full of notable comings and goings. Nick Faldo played in his first major championship and finished tied for 28th. Bernhard Langer also played a major for the first time, missing the cut.

Sam Snead, who played the British Open only five times, missed the cut in his final appearance in the Open Championship. And saying their farewells to major championship golf were 1947 British Open champ Fred Daly and 1932 British Open winner Gene Sarazen. Daly was 64 years old and Sarazen was 74.

1976 British Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1976 British Open golf tournament played at the par-72 Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England (a-amateur):

Johnny Miller 72-68-73-66--279 $13,500
Seve Ballesteros 69-69-73-74--285 $9,450
Jack Nicklaus 74-70-72-69--285 $9,450
Raymond Floyd 76-67-73-70--286 $6,840
Tom Kite 70-74-73-71--288 $5,076
Tommy Horton 74-69-72-73--288 $5,076
Christy O'Connor Jr. 69-73-75-71--288 $5,076
Mark James 76-72-74-66--288 $5,076
Hubert Green 72-70-78-68--288 $5,076
Peter Butler 74-72-73-70--289 $3,555
Norio Suzuki 69-75-75-70--289 $3,555
George Burns 75-69-75-70--289 $3,555
Vicente Fernandez 79-71-69-70--289 $3,555
Brian Barnes 70-73-75-72--290 $2,880
John Fourie 71-74-75-71--291 $2,475
Eamonn Darcy 78-71-71-71--291 $2,475
Jack Newton 70-74-76-72--292 $1,733
Graham Marsh 71-73-72-76--292 $1,733
Tom Weiskopf 73-72-76-71--292 $1,733
Guy Wolstenholme 76-72-71-73--292 $1,733
David Huish 73-74-72-74--293 $939
Alan Tapie 74-72-75-72--293 $939
Bob Shearer 76-73-75-69--293 $939
David Graham 77-70-75-71--293 $939
Stewart Ginn 78-72-72-71--293 $939
Simon Hobday 79-71-75-68--293 $939
Hsu Chi San 81-69-71-72--293 $939
Neil Coles 74-77-70-73--294 $603
Doug Sanders 77-73-73-71--294 $603
Nick Faldo 78-71-76-69--294 $603
Gary Player 72-72-79-71--294 $603
Gene Littler 75-74-73-74--296 $513
Guy Hunt 76-68-76-76--296 $513
Hale Irwin 74-72-77-73--296 $513
Paddy McGuirk 76-70-77-73--296 $513
Roberto De Vicenzo 77-71-76-72--296 $513
Bobby Cole 75-71-72-78--296 $513
Ian Mosey 73-74-75-75--297 $426
Vincent Hood 76-74-73-74--297 $426
Martin Foster 74-71-77-75--297 $426
David Jagger 78-72-74-73--297 $426
Malcolm Gregson 73-75-76-74--298 $374
Barry Burgess 75-76-74-73--298 $374
Warren Humphreys 73-77-73-75--298 $374
Tony Jacklin 73-77-76-72--298 $374
Peter Oosterhuis 74-75-77-72--298 $374
Peter Dawson 80-72-73-73--298 $374
Doug McClelland 74-73-77-75--299 $324
Bob Murphy 75-77-73-74--299 $324
Dale Hayes 77-71-74-77--299 $324
Bill Garrett 74-74-78-73--299 $324
Stewart Adwick 78-71-74-76--299 $324
Peter Berry 80-72-71-76--299 $324
Carl Higgins 77-67-81-74--299 $324
Arnold O'Connor 76-76-74-74--300 $315
John Hammond 74-76-73-77--300 $315
Arnold Palmer 75-72-76-77--300 $315
David Talbot 74-74-74-78--300 $315
Andries Oosthuizen 75-73-78-74--300 $315
Bernard Gallacher 74-72-76-79--301 $315
Danny Edwards 74-72-79-76--301 $315
Bob Wynn 79-70-75-77--301 $315
Liam Higgins 77-74-75-76--302 $315
Bill Lockie 78-74-74-76--302 $315
Peter Tupling 75-71-77-79--302 $315
Alex Caygill 80-71-75-76--302 $315

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