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WINNER: Bobby Locke

SCORE: 287

RUNNER-UP: Peter Thomson

MARGIN: 1 shot

EARNINGS: 300 pounds

RECAP: The Open returned to Royal Lytham & St. Annes for the first time after World War II, and the week featured more bizarre circumstances for the winner. Bobby Locke was four shots behind Fred Daly going into the final 36 holes of miserable weather conditions. Locke had stored his clubs in the trunk of his car and parked it in a garage, but the garage was locked when he awoke. A local milkman knew where the garage owner lived, and Locke was able to retrieve his clubs and get to the course with just enough time to put on his shoes and walk to the first tee. He made up three shots on Daly in the first 18, and then held off a late charge by Peter Thomson to win by one shot.

NOTEWORTHY: This was the third claret jug in four years for Locke. Thomson would go on to win five Open Championships.


YEAR: 1926

WINNER: Bobby Jones

SCORE: 291

RUNNER-UP: Al Watrous

MARGIN: 2 shots

EARNINGS: Jones was an amateur

RECAP: Bobby Jones won the first of his three British Open titles by two shots over Al Watrous, though it wasn’t easy. This was the first year the Open charged admission, and when Jones left his player’s badge in his hotel room, he had to pay seven shillings to get on the course for the final day because the man at the gate did not recognize him. Jones faced a two-shot deficit with five holes remaining, and he played them with four pars and a birdie to finish on 291. The turning point came on the 17th, where Jones hit a splendid shot from 175 yards off a sandy lie in the rough. The shot is commemorated by a plaque, one of two awarded in Open history. The other belongs to Arnold Palmer at Royal Birkdale in 1961.

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