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1981 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1981 British Open Golf Tournament

The year 1981 was a pretty good one for Bill Rogers. He won four PGA Tour titles, won once on the Japan Tour, and won twice in Australia. He played for the American side in the Ryder Cup. He was named Player of the Year.

And one of his victories was the 1981 British Open.

Rogers tied for second a month earlier at the 1981 U.S. Open. At the Open Championship, he left no doubt. Rogers opened with a 72, but middle rounds of 66 and 67 sent him to a 5-stroke lead. In the final round, nobody could catch him. Rogers carded a 71 and won by four over Bernhard Langer. Langer was the only golfer to finish closer than seven strokes to Rogers.

Jack Nicklaus opened the tournament with a round of 83, the second-highest score Nicklaus ever posted in a major championship. But Nicklaus then shot a second-round 66 - an improvement of 17 strokes - and made the cut.

1981 British Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1981 British Open golf tournament played on the par-70 Royal St. George's in Sandwich, Kent, England (a-amateur):

Bill Rogers 72-66-67-71--276 $50,000
Bernhard Langer 73-67-70-70--280 $35,000
Mark James 72-70-68-73--283 $23,500
Raymond Floyd 74-70-69-70--283 $23,500
Sam Torrance 72-69-73-70--284 $17,000
Manuel Pinero 73-74-68-70--285 $15,500
Bruce Lietzke 76-69-71-69--285 $15,500
Ben Crenshaw 72-67-76-71--286 $13,000
Howard Clark 72-76-70-68--286 $13,000
Brian Jones 73-76-66-71--286 $13,000
Isao Aoki 71-73-69-74--287 $10,000
Lee Trevino 77-67-70-73--287 $10,000
Nick Faldo 77-68-69-73--287 $10,000
Sandy Lyle 73-73-71-71--288 $6,480
David Graham 71-71-74-72--288 $6,480
Nick Job 70-69-75-74--288 $6,480
Brian Barnes 76-70-70-72--288 $6,480
Eamonn Darcy 79-69-70-70--288 $6,480
Peter Townsend 73-70-73-73--289 $4,025
Jerry Pate 73-73-69-74--289 $4,025
Graham Marsh 75-71-72-71--289 $4,025
Gordon Brand Jr. 78-65-74-72--289 $4,025
Arnold Palmer 72-74-73-71--290 $2,437
Mark McNulty 74-74-74-68--290 $2,437
Tony Jacklin 71-71-73-75--290 $2,437
Simon Owen 71-74-70-75--290 $2,437
Tom Watson 73-69-75-73--290 $2,437
Hubert Green 75-72-74-69--290 $2,437
Nick Price 77-68-76-69--290 $2,437
Jack Nicklaus 83-66-71-70--290 $2,437
Greg Norman 72-75-72-72--291 $1,750
Trevor Powell 75-68-73-75--291 $1,750
Des Smyth 77-67-73-74--291 $1,750
John Morgan 77-72-73-69--291 $1,750
Jumbo Ozaki 75-72-71-74--292 $1,387
Tommy Horton 75-73-73-71--292 $1,387
Billy Dunk 76-67-77-72--292 $1,387
Bob Charles 77-71-71-73--292 $1,387
Rodger Davis 74-71-74-74--293 $1,180
Neil Coles 74-73-73-73--293 $1,180
Seve Ballesteros 75-72-74-72--293 $1,180
Johnny Miller 71-73-73-76--293 $1,180
Florentino Molina 78-68-74-73--293 $1,180
Ken Brown 74-72-74-74--294 $1,150
Terry Gale 73-73-71-77--294 $1,150
Ron Streck 78-70-72-74--294 $1,150
Mark O'Meara 74-73-73-75--295 $1,150
Jaime Gonzalez 76-70-76-73--295 $1,150
a-Hal Sutton 71-77-73-74--295  
David Thorp 76-69-74-77--296 $1,133
David Jones 77-71-74-74--296 $1,133
Brian Waites 75-69-74-78--296 $1,133
Eddie Polland 75-75-72-75--297 $1,100
Garry Cullen 78-70-73-76--297 $1,100
Mike Ferguson 75-72-71-79--297 $1,100
Noel Hunt 74-73-75-76--298 $1,100
Warren Humphreys 76-71-74-77--298 $1,100
John O'Leary 73-74-75-77--299 $1,100
Payne Stewart 73-75-74-77--299 $1,100
a-Geoffrey Godwin 75-71-72-81--299  
Dick McLean 75-73-72-83--303 $1,100

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