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1985 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1985 British Open Golf Tournament

As the 1985 British Open got under way, it had been 16 years since any Briton won the Open Championship. Sandy Lyle put an end to that streak.

The Scotsman was a 10-time winner on the European Tour and had three appearances in Ryder Cups, but had posted only one Top 10 finish in a major at this point in his career. Bernhard Langer - who won the 1985 Masters a couple months earlier - and 2-time major winner David Graham were the leaders entering the final round, three strokes in front of Lyle.

But it was Lyle, not the previous major winners, who held his nerve. Graham and Langer both carded final-round 75s and finished tied for third. Lyle got round Royal St. George's in 70, holding off a charging Payne Stewart (68) for the win.

Lyle later added a second major at the 1988 Masters.

The 1985 British Open was the last one with a double cut - one cut after the second round, another cut following the third round. In ensuing years, the tournament used only a single cut after the second round.

1985 British Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1985 British Open golf tournament played on the par-71 Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England (a-amateur):

Sandy Lyle 68-71-73-70--282 $94,250
Payne Stewart 70-75-70-68--283 $62,350
Mark O'Meara 70-72-70-72--284 $34,220
Jose Rivero 74-72-70-68--284 $34,220
David Graham 68-71-70-75--284 $34,220
Bernhard Langer 72-69-68-75--284 $34,220
Christy O'Connor Jr. 64-76-72-72--284 $34,220
Tom Kite 73-73-67-72--285 $22,570
D.A. Weibring 69-71-74-71--285 $22,570
Anders Forsbrand 70-76-69-70--285 $22,570
Peter Jacobsen 71-74-68-73--286 $16,530
Jose Maria Canizares 72-75-70-69--286 $16,530
Gary Koch 75-72-70-69--286 $16,530
Fuzzy Zoeller 69-76-70-71--286 $16,530
Eamonn Darcy 76-68-74-68--286 $16,530
Greg Norman 71-72-71-73--287 $11,455
Sam Torrance 74-74-69-70--287 $11,455
Ian Woosnam 70-71-71-75--287 $11,455
Simon Bishop 71-75-72-69--287 $11,455
Jaime Gonzalez 72-72-73-71--288 $7,627
Ian Baker-Finch 71-73-74-70--288 $7,627
Graham Marsh 71-75-69-73--288 $7,627
Lee Trevino 73-76-68-71--288 $7,627
Mark James 71-78-66-73--288 $7,627
Kris Moe 70-76-73-70--289 $5,425
a-Jose Maria Olazabal 72-76-71-70--289  
Philip Parkin 68-76-77-68--289 $5,425
Manuel Pinero 71-73-72-73--289 $5,425
Gordon J. Brand 73-72-72-72--289 $5,425
Robert Lee 68-73-74-74--289 $5,425
David Frost 70-74-73-72--289 $5,425
Mike Cahill 72-74-71-72--289 $5,425
Wayne Riley 71-70-77-72--290 $4,567
Ove Sellberg 71-78-70-71--290 $4,567
Andy Bean 72-72-73-74--291 $4,149
Ben Crenshaw 73-75-70-73--291 $4,149
Bob Shearer 75-73-68-75--291 $4,149
Hugh Baiocchi 75-74-71-71--291 $4,149
Jeffrey Pinsent 73-74-72-73--292 $3,770
Seve Ballesteros 75-74-70-73--292 $3,770
Corey Pavin 70-74-72-76--292 $3,770
Magnus Persson 71-73-76-72--292 $3,770
Tony Johnstone 68-72-80-72--292 $3,770
Ronan Rafferty 74-73-71-75--293 $3,480
David A. Russell 74-72-71-76--293 $3,480
Peter Senior 70-71-80-72--293 $3,480
Denis Watson 72-74-75-73--294 $3,085
Mark Mouland 72-75-74-73--294 $3,085
Bernard Gallacher 73-76-71-74--294 $3,085
Gordon Brand Jr. 69-74-77-74--294 $3,085
Howard Clark 70-71-76-77--294 $3,085
Tom Watson 72-73-72-77--294 $3,085
Nick Faldo 73-73-75-74--295 $2,537
Emilio Rodriguez 71-70-77-77--295 $2,537
Larry Nelson 70-75-75-77--297 $2,356
Peter Fowler 70-79-70-78--297 $2,356
David Whelan 69-74-75-80--298 $2,247
David Williams 74-71-74-81--300 $2,175
Vaughan Somers 76-72-73-80--301 $2,117

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