1951 British Open, AP Was There

Published 12:34 a.m. ET July 12, 2019

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The British Open returns to Royal Portrush on July 18-21 for the first time since 1951, the only other time golf’s oldest championship has been held outside Scotland or England.

Max Faulkner won his only major on a rainy final day in Northern Ireland.

To mark the return, the AP is reprinting this story about the conclusion of the 80th British Open. It first appeared on July 6, 1951.


Max Faulkner Wins British Open Crown


Associated Press Writer

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Methodical Max Faulkner, a par-wrecking Englishman who spent one winter milking cows to strengthen his golfing hands, won the British Open Championship today in a dramatic rain-soaked finish.

Playing sub-par for every round except the last, Faulkner captured the 72-hole event with a score of 285 — highest since 1937 — and two strokes better than his closest pursuer.

But there were some breathless moments after Max finished, for handsome little Antonio Cerda of the Argentine was scorching the Royal Portrush course and it appeared for a time as if the South American would get home with a…

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