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1982 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1982 British Open Golf Tournament

The 1982 British Open was the site of Tom Watson's fourth victory in this championship, but is also remembered for Bobby Clampett's demise in a pothole bunker.

Clampett was a 22-year-old hotshot of whom big things were expected. He finished third at the 1982 U.S. Open a month earlier. At Royal Troon, he opened with a 67 and followed that with a 66 to take a 5-stroke lead over Nick Price at the midway point.

Clampett opened the third round strong, adding two more strokes to his lead. But on the sixth hole, Clampett's drive rolled into a pot bunker and it took him three swings to get the ball out of the bunker. Clampett wound up shooting 78 that day, although he managed to hold onto a 1-stroke lead. But in the final round, Clampett added a 77, and wound up 10th (tied with Jack Nicklaus, who posted his final Top 10 finish in a British Open).

Watson began the final round three strokes behind Clampett, who was one ahead of Price. But the Price of 1982 wasn't the same golfer who was one of the best in the world in the early 1990s. This Nick Price had only one win on the European Tour and none on the USPGA.

But as Clampett's collapse continued, it was the unproven Price who took advantage. When Price birdied the 10th, 11th and 12th holes of the final round, he held a three-stroke lead.

Then Price went off the rails, too. He was 4-over par over the final six holes. Watson wasn't doing anything spectacular, but he didn't have to. Watson played steadily, finished with a 2-under 70, and that was good enough to win his fourth British Open title. Price finished second, a stroke behind, tied with Peter Oosterhuis.

1982 British Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1982 British Open golf tournament played on the par-72 Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland (a-amateur):

Tom Watson 69-71-74-70--284 $54,400
Nick Price 69-69-74-73--285 $32,810
Peter Oosterhuis 74-67-74-70--285 $32,810
Massy Kuramoto 71-73-71-71--286 $18,700
Nick Faldo 73-73-71-69--286 $18,700
Des Smyth 70-69-74-73--286 $18,700
Tom Purtzer 76-66-75-69--286 $18,700
Fuzzy Zoeller 73-71-73-70--287 $14,875
Sandy Lyle 74-66-73-74--287 $14,875
Jack Nicklaus 77-70-72-69--288 $12,495
Bobby Clampett 67-66-78-77--288 $12,495
Sam Torrance 73-72-73-71--289 $10,710
Seve Ballesteros 71-75-73-71--290 $9,180
Bernhard Langer 70-69-78-73--290 $9,180
Ben Crenshaw 74-75-72-70--291 $6,630
Denis Watson 75-69-73-74--291 $6,630
Curtis Strange 72-73-76-70--291 $6,630
Raymond Floyd 74-73-77-67--291 $6,630
Ken Brown 70-71-79-72--292 $4,930
Isao Aoki 75-69-75-74--293 $4,250
Toru Nakamura 77-68-77-71--293 $4,250
Johnny Miller 71-76-75-72--294 $3,740
Bill Rogers 73-70-76-75--294 $3,740
Jose Maria Canizares 71-72-79-72--294 $3,740
Bernard Gallacher 75-71-74-75--295 $3,315
Graham Marsh 76-76-72-71--295 $3,315
Greg Norman 73-75-76-72--296 $2,720
David Graham 73-70-76-77--296 $2,720
Arnold Palmer 71-73-78-74--296 $2,720
Lee Trevino 78-72-71-75--296 $2,720
Jay Haas 78-72-75-71--296 $2,720
Mark Thomas 72-74-75-76--297 $2,040
Larry Nelson 77-69-77-74--297 $2,040
Mike Miller 74-72-78-73--297 $2,040
David J. Russell 72-72-76-78--298 $1,416
Paul Way 72-75-78-73--298 $1,416
Brian Barnes 75-69-76-78--298 $1,416
Eamonn Darcy 75-73-78-72--298 $1,416
Craig Stadler 71-74-79-74--298 $1,416
Jack Ferenz 76-69-80-73--298 $1,416
Harold Henning 74-74-76-75--299 $1,105
Gary Player 75-74-76-75--300 $1,105
Terry Gale 76-74-75-75--300 $1,105
a-Malcolm Lewis 74-74-77-75--300  
Bob Shearer 73-72-81-74--300 $1,105
Neil Coles 73-73-72-82--300 $1,105
Roger Chapman 75-76-74-76--301 $1,105
Brian Waites 75-77-73-76--301 $1,105
Bill Longmuir 77-72-77-75--301 $1,105
Tienie Britz 81-70-74-76--301 $1,105
Hsu Sheng San 75-75-75-77--302 $1,105
Manuel Pinero 75-75-74-78--302 $1,105
Mark James 74-73-79-76--302 $1,105
Mark McNulty 76-74-76-77--303 $1,020
Peter Townsend 76-73-76-78--303 $1,020
Keith Waters 73-78-71-81--303 $1,020
Martin Poxon 74-70-78-81--303 $1,020
Philip Harrison 78-74-74-78--304 $1,020
Michael King 73-78-74-80--305 $1,020
Mike Cahill 73-76-77-80--306 $1,020

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