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1986 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1986 British Open Golf Tournament

The year 1986 was the year of the "Norman Slam," a nickname for the accomplishment of Greg Norman this year leading each one of the majors after the third round. That meant that Norman played in the final pairing at all four majors this year, including at the 1986 British Open.

Unfortunately for Norman, he lost the other three tournaments. Fortunately for Norman, he won the 1986 British Open for his first major championship.

Turnberry was first the site of the Open Championship in 1977, a tournament remembered in part for great weekend weather and great scoring. In 1986, it was night and day at Turnberry. Or, rather, wet and dry: Turnberry in 1986 was the site of some truly terrible weather. Only one player, Ian Woosnam, matched par in the first round.

The third round was pretty rough, too, with only one player breaking 70. But Norman's 63 in the second round went a long way toward the championship, and he played a strong 69 in the final round to hoist the Claret Jug.

1986 British Open Scores
Results from the 1986 British Open played on the Ailsa Course at Turnberry in South Ayrshire, Scotland (a-amateur):

Greg Norman 74-63-74-69--280 $105,000
Gordon J. Brand 71-68-75-71--285 $75,000
Ian Woosnam 70-74-70-72--286 $52,500
Bernhard Langer 72-70-76-68--286 $52,500
Nick Faldo 71-70-76-70--287 $37,500
Gary Koch 73-72-72-71--288 $33,000
Seve Ballesteros 76-75-73-64--288 $33,000
Fuzzy Zoeller 75-73-72-69--289 $25,999
Brian Marchbank 78-70-72-69--289 $25,999
Tommy Nakajima 74-67-71-77--289 $25,999
Christy O'Connor Jr. 75-71-75-69--290 $21,000
David Graham 75-73-70-72--290 $21,000
Jose Maria Canizares 76-68-73-73--290 $17,250
Andy Bean 74-73-73-71--291 $17,250
Curtis Strange 79-69-74-69--291 $13,500
Raymond Floyd 78-67-73-74--292 $13,500
Anders Forsbrand 71-73-77-71--292 $13,500
Jose Maria Olazabal 78-69-72-73--292 $13,500
Manuel Pinero 78-71-70-74--293 $10,875
Bob Charles 76-72-73-72--293 $7,533
Ben Crenshaw 77-69-75-73--294 $7,533
Derrick Cooper 72-79-72-71--294 $7,533
Danny Edwards 77-73-70-74--294 $7,533
Sam Torrance 78-69-71-76--294 $7,533
Vaughan Somers 73-77-72-72--294 $7,533
Robert Lee 71-75-75-73--294 $7,533
Philip Parkin 78-70-72-74--294 $7,533
Ronan Rafferty 75-74-75-70--294 $7,533
Vicente Fernandez 78-70-71-75--294 $7,533
Massy Kuramoto 77-73-73-72--295 $5,700
Sandy Lyle 78-73-70-74--295 $5,700
John Mahaffey 75-73-75-72--295 $5,700
Ian Stanley 72-74-78-71--295 $5,700
D.A. Weibring 75-70-76-74--295 $5,700
Tom Watson 77-71-77-71--296 $4,752
Greg Turner 73-71-75-77--296 $4,752
Payne Stewart 76-69-75-76--296 $4,752
Roger Chapman 74-71-78-73--296 $4,752
Andrew Brooks 72-73-77-74--296 $4,752
Mark James 75-73-73-75--296 $4,752
Gary Player 75-72-73-76--296 $4,752
Ron Commans 72-77-73-74--296 $4,752
Mark O'Meara 80-69-74-74--297 $4,200
Ho Ming Chung 77-74-69-77--297 $4,200
Roger Maltbie 78-71-76-72--297 $4,200
Larry Mize 79-69-75-75--298 $3,712
Bob Tway 74-71-76-77--298 $3,712
Mike Clayton 76-74-75-73--298 $3,712
Fred Couples 78-73-75-72--298 $3,712
Tony Charnley 77-73-76-72--298 $3,712
Lu His Chuen 80-69-73-76--298 $3,712
Tommy Armour III 76-70-75-77--298 $3,712
Mac O'Grady 76-75-77-70--298 $3,712
Jack Nicklaus 78-73-76-71--298 $3,712
Jeff Hawkes 78-73-72-75--298 $3,712
Sam Randolph 72-76-77-75--300 $3,225
Graham Marsh 79-71-75-75--300 $3,225
Carl Mason 76-73-73-78--300 $3,225
Mark McNulty 80-71-79-71--301 $2,887
Malcolm Mackenzie 79-70-77-75--301 $2,887
Lee Trevino 80-71-75-75--301 $2,887
Eamonn Darcy 76-75-75-75--301 $2,887
Frank Nobilo 76-75-71-79--301 $2,887
Tom Lamore 76-71-77-77--301 $2,887
Jimmy Heggarty 75-72-80-75--302 $2,475
Martin Gray 75-76-76-75--302 $2,475
Donnie Hammond 74-71-79-78--302 $2,475
Scott Simpson 78-71-75-78--302 $2,475
Andrew Chandler 78-72-78-74--302 $2,475
Peter Fowler 80-71-77-75--303 $2,250
Ossie Moore 76-74-79-74--303 $2,250
David Jones 75-76-79-75--305 $2,250
Ross Drummond 76-74-77-78--305 $2,250
Tommy Horton 77-73-82-74--306 $2,250
Gary Weir 78-69-80-80--307 $2,250
Kris Moe 76-74-82-82--314 $2,250

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