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The British Open in the 1980s

Photos from the British Open in the 1980s

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Arnold Palmer, center, drives off from the 1st tee during practice for the British Open Golf Championship, July 15, 1981, Sandwich, England.

Published on May 17, 2011

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Golfer Bill Rogers kisses his winner's trophy after the British Open Golf Championship, July 18, 1981, in Sandwich, England.

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Arnold Palmer, center, hits out of the rough on the 13th fairway during British Open Golf Championship play, July 17, 1982, Troon, Scotland.

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Arnold Palmer blasts out of a trap on the first hole of the first round of the British Open Golf Tournament, Thursday, July 15, 1982, Troon, Scotland.

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Veteran American golfer Arnold Palmer, right, is watched closely by Tom Watson, second from right, holder of the U.S. Open title, as he drives off during practice before the start of the Open Golf Championship, July 14, 1982, Troon, Scotland.

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Tom Watson, U.S.A., kisses the British Open Golf Championship trophy after winning the title in Troon, Scotland, July 18, 1982. He finished with four under par and a total score of 284.

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This is the eighth hole of the Royal Troon Golf Club, known as the "Postage Stamp" hole, shown in 1982. The British Open is famous for this hole as well as for producing American winners.

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Tom Watson raises his hands in triumph July 17,1983 after winning the match at the Royal Birkdale Course, Birkdale, England. It was the fifth time he won the British Open Championship.

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Tom Watson, U.S.A., poses with his trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship on the Royal Birkdale Golf Course in Birkdale, England, July 17, 1983.

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Australian Stuart Ginn, left, Spain's Severiano Ballesteros, centre, and Australian Graham Marsh walk around the course at Muirfield, Scotland, on July 16, 1984, in preparation for the start of the British Open.

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Jack Nicklaus drives off from the first tee during final practice round for the 114th British Open Golf Championship, July 17, 1985 at the Royal St. George's Golf Club.

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Japan's Tsuneyuki Nakajima sinks a putt during play at the British Open at Turnberry, Scotland on Thursday, July 17, 1986.

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Japan's Tsuneyuki Nakajima sinks a putt during play at the British Open at Turnberry, Scotland on Thursday, July 17, 1986.

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Severiano Ballesteros of Spain, tenderly kisses the British Open Golf Championship trophy, after his victory at Lytham St. Anne's, England, in this July 18, 1988 file photo.

Published on May 17, 2011