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summaries of british opens held at royal birkdale

southport, england — a capsule look at the nine previous british opens held at royal birkdale:year: 1954winner: peter thomson.score: 283.margin: 1 shot.runner-up: bobby locke, dai rees, sid scott.prize: 750 pounds.summary: ben hogan did not return to defend his title, and thomson won the first of his five british open titles. thomson was tied with rees and scott going into the final 18 holes. thomson bogeyed the final hole from a bunker to close with a 71, leaving locke a chance to catch him. his birdie putt came up short.___year: 1961winner: arnold palmerscore: 284.margin: 1 shot.runner-up: dai rees.prize: 1,400 pounds.summary: in his second trip to the british open, palmer seized control with a 69 in the third round, including a 6-iron from behind a bush on the 16th hole that eventually led the club to place a plaque there to commemorate the shot. he had a one-shot lead over rees going into the final round. palmer extended his lead to four shots with four holes to play, but rees rallied within one shot before palmer finished him off with a 72 for a one-shot victory.___year: 1965winner: peter thomsonscore: 285.margin: 2 shots.runner-up: brian huggett, christy o'connor sr.prize: 1,750 pounds.summary: thomson closed with a 71 for his fifth british open title, and some measure of validation. some argued that he won his previous four claret jugs in the 1950s against weaker competition, but he conquered a field at royal birkdale that included arnold palmer and masters champion...