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1978 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1978 British Open Golf Tournament

Jack Nicklaus completed the career Grand Slam for the third time by winning the 1978 British Open, his third victory in the Open Championship. It was also his second straight win on The Old Course at St. Andrews, following his 1970 British Open triumph.

Nicklaus, aiming for his first major victory since 1975, began the final one stroke behind co-leaders Tom Watson and Peter Oosterhuis. But neither Watson (who shot 76) nor Oosterhuis (73) figured in the end game.

Nicklaus was paired with Simon Owen, and the championship came down between the two of them. Owen led by one following a chip-in birdie on the 15th hole. But Nicklaus reclaimed the lead after a two-shot swing on the 16th: The Bear birdied, while Owen three-putted. Nicklaus gained another stroke on the 17th and sealed the win, his 15th career victory in a professional major.

Nick Faldo recorded his first Top 10 finish in an Open Championship or any other major at the 1978 British Open, finishing tied for seventh. It was the third appearance in the Open for Faldo, who went on to win the championship three times.

And Greg Norman, a future 2-time British Open winner, made his first cut in a major here, tying for 29th.

1978 British Open Scores
Results from the 1978 British Open golf tournament played on The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland (a-amateur):

Jack Nicklaus 71-72-69-69--281 $23,750
Ben Crenshaw 70-69-73-71--283 $13,893
Ray Floyd 69-75-71-68--283 $13,893
Tom Kite 72-69-72-70--283 $13,893
Simon Owen 70-75-67-71--283 $13,893
Peter Oosterhuis 72-70-69-73--284 $9,500
Isao Aoki 68-71-73-73--285 $7,481
Nick Faldo 71-72-70-72--285 $7,481
John Schroeder 74-69-70-72--285 $7,481
Bob Shearer 71-69-74-71--285 $7,481
Michael Cahill 71-72-75-68--286 $5,731
Dale Hayes 74-70-71-71--286 $5,731
Orville Moody 73-69-74-70--286 $5,731
Mark Hayes 70-75-75-67--287 $4,560
Jumbo Ozaki 72-69-75-71--287 $4,560
Tom Watson 73-68-70-76--287 $4,560
Seve Ballesteros 69-70-76-73--288 $3,040
Bob Byman 72-69-74-73--288 $3,040
Guy Hunt 71-73-71-73--288 $3,040
Tommy Nakajima 70-71-76-71--288 $3,040
Tom Weiskopf 69-72-72-75--288 $3,040
Bernard Gallacher 72-71-76-70--289 $1,805
Nick Job 73-75-68-73--289 $1,805
Antonio Garrido 73-71-76-70--290 $1,301
Hale Irwin 75-71-76-68--290 $1,301
Carl Mason 70-74-72-74--290 $1,301
Jack Newton 69-76-71-74--290 $1,301
Peter Thomson 72-70-72-76--290 $1,301
Tienie Britz 73-74-72-72--291 $1,001
Hubert Green 78-70-67-76--291 $1,001
John Morgan 74-68-77-72--291 $1,001
Greg Norman 72-73-74-72--291 $1,001
Lee Trevino 75-72-73-71--291 $1,001
Brian Barnes 71-74-75-72--292 $855
Ken Brown 73-72-71-76--292 $855
Garry Cullen 73-67-79-73--292 $855
Arnold Palmer 71-71-75-75--292 $855
Gary Player 74-71-76-71--292 $855
David Graham 73-74-70-76--293 $769
Mike Krantz 75-72-75-71--293 $769
a-Peter McEvoy 71-74-76-72--293  
Nick Price 74-73-74-72--293 $769
Guy Wolstenholme 73-74-71-75--293 $769
Francisco Abreu 73-73-76-72--294 $703
Manuel Ballesteros 73-71-74-76--294 $703
Howard Clark 70-75-73-76--294 $703
a-Mike Miller 70-74-74-76--294  
Andy Bean 72-76-72-75--295 $646
a-Allan Brodie 73-72-75-75--295  
Bob Charles 73-70-79-73--295 $646
Neil Coles 71-73-73-78--295 $646
John Bland 72-73-77-74--296 $579
Rodger Davis 73-72-73-78--296 $579
David Good 75-73-74-74--296 $579
Simon Hobday 73-71-77-75--296 $579
Bill Longmuir 75-71-75-75--296 $579
Vaughan Somers 72-72-76-76--296 $579
Rocky Thompson 73-73-76-74--296 $579
Peter Butler 71-74-75-77--297 $570
a-Geoff Godwin 74-73-75-76--298  
Bob Wynn 73-72-76-77--298 $570
Peter Dawson 75-72-75-77--299 $570
Ewen Murray 76-70-76-78--300 $570

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