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1970


Tony Jacklin

Tony Jacklin, 25, of Scunthorpe, England, the British Open Champion became the first Briton to the win the United States Open Championship in 50 years when he played four rounds in seven under par at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota. He was the first Englishman to win since Ted Ray in 1920. Jacklin was the only player in the field to score under par. He played rounds of 71-70-70-70-281 and won by even strokes over Dave Hill, who had 288.

This was the largest winning margin since James M. Barnes won by nine strokes at the Columbia Country Club, Washington in 1921. Jacklin increased his lead after every round. Winds of over 40 miles per hour blew all through the first round and Jacklin's 71 was the best by two strokes. He increased his lead to three strokes after 36 holes and to four after 54. He appeared to be slipping when he went a stroke above par on both the seventh and eighth holes in the final round, but he then sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the ninth and was never threatened.

The Championship was marked by the unusual circumstance of Hill, the leading challenger to Jacklin after the first round, severely criticizing the golf course. Orville Moody, the 1969 Champion, failed to survive the 36-hole cutoff, the fifth Champion in eight years to fail. Prize money was $195,700 in the Championship proper and $7,800 in Sectional Qualifying, a grand total of $203,500.

The entry reached 3,605, a record, and attendance was 75,878, second only to 1967 when 88,414 attended at Baltursrol Golf Club, Springfield, New Jersey. At 7,151 yards Hazeltine was the second longest course ever to be the site of a USGA Championship.

OPEN RECORDS


Starts - 7

Best Finish - Winner 1970

Rds - 22

Cuts Made - 4

Top 3 - 1

Top 5 - 1

Top 10 - 1

Top 25 - 2

Avg. - 74.23

Scores In 60s - 0

Rds Under Par - 5

Earnings -$34,674.00