Roberto De Vicenzo
The Senior Open Championship, for players 55 and over, was
established in 1980 as a result of the remarkable growth in
senior golf, both at the professional and amateur levels.
The champion ship was played on the East Course of the Winged
Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The USGA accepted 631 entrants,
among them former U.S. Open champions Lew Worsham (1947),
Julius Boros (1952, 1963), Ed Furgol (1954), Jack Fleck (1955)
and Tommy Bolt (1958). The only former U.S. Amateur champion
entered was William C. Campbell.
Roberto De Vicenzo, 57, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, won the
championship. He put together rounds of 74-73-68-70 for a
1-over-par 285 to win. He was four strokes ahead of Campbell,
57, of Huntington, W. Va. De Vicenzo and Campbell were the
only players to break 290.
Art Wall, Jr., was third, at 290; Charles Sifford was fourth,
at 295 and amateur Ed Tutwiler and professionals Hampton Auld
and Mike Fetchick shot 296, tied for fifth.
Four players shared the first-round lead of 72 -- Fetchick,
Ted Kroll, Sifford and amateur Bill Trombley. De Vicenzo had
a 74 and Campbell shot 76.
In the second round, Campbell took the lead with a 3-under-par
68. Wall, who had a 71, moved into second place at 145. Boros
was third at 146, and DeVicenzo was fourth at 147.
De Vicenzo went ahead for the first time with a 68 in the
third round, giving him a 215 after 54 holes, which was two
strokes better than Wall. Campbell shot another 76 and was
grouped with Boros and Kroll at 220.
In the final round, De Vicenzo and Wall were paired together.
De Vicenzo maintained his two-stroke advantage through seven
holes. When Wall three-putted on No. 8, De Vicenzo increased
his lead to three strokes. For the final round, De Vicenzo
shot a 70 to Wall's 73.
Campbell played the final nine in 32, scoring birdies in
three of the final four holes to finish at 69 for the day
and 289 for the 72 holes. He finished one stroke ahead of
The final two days of the Senior Open were nationally televised.
Thirty-five professionals and 16 amateurs made the 36-hole
cut at 156, 14 over par. A total of $100,000 in prize money