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1977


Hubert Green

Hubert Green, 30, held or shared the lead in all four rounds of the Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma and scored 278, two under par; Lou Graham, the 1975 Champion, was second with 279. Graham's scores of 68-68-136 for the last two rounds equaled an Open record. Green had rounds of 69, 67, 72, 70. Another Open record fell when seven players tied for the first-round lead with 69, one under par. Green shared the 18-hole lead with Tom Purtzer, Terry Diehl, Rod Funseth, Grier Jones, Florentino Molina, and Larry Nelson.

After 36 holes Green held the lead alone with 136. Terry Diehl was second at 137 and Tom Purtzer was third at 138. Green shot a 72 in the third round and led Andy Bean by one stroke with 208. Bean shot 68 for 209. Six players tied at 210, even par, and four more were at 211. As the final round began, 12 players were within two strokes of one another.

When Green began the final round with birdies at the third and fourth holes, he was four under par and led by four strokes. Green lost strokes on both the ninth and tenth holes and was then two under par. Graham then score four birdies on the second nine and missed still another from eight feet on the 17th, or 71st hole of the Championship. Green birdied the 16th after playing a wedge shot only two feet from the hole, followed with a par 4 on the 17th, and lost another stroke at the 18th where he drove into the rough and hit his approach into a bunker. He holed a three-foot putt to avoid a playoff with Graham, who had already finished. Tom Weiskopf finished third with 281.

Prize money reached $284,990 with $227,990 awarded in the Championship proper and $15,000 in Sectional Qualifying Championships. Entries reached 4,726, a record.

OPEN RECORDS


Starts - 19

Best Finish - Winner 1977

Rds - 62

Cuts Made - 12

Top 3 - 1

Top 5 - 1

Top 10 - 3

Top 25 - 5

Avg. - 73.73

Scores In 60s - 10

Rds Under Par - 11

Earnings - $98,791.25