1947: Fred Daly becomes the 1st Irishman to win The Open

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Fred Daly wins one for 🇮🇪

On this day, In 1947 Fred Daly of Belfast Ireland, became the 1st person from his homeland to win The Open championship.  He beat the twenty-four year old amateur Frank Stranahan and Englishman Reg Horne to take the Claret Jug back to Ireland.  It was his sole major title as he fired a final round of 72 to win by a single stroke.  The 1947 Open was played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club and par was 68.  Daly benefited from consistent play and a reliable work ethic to help him down the stretch.  The British crowds fell for Stranahan and bided on the young underdog to pull through.

Daly had a poor third round, shooting 78 to fall into a tie for the lead with Henry Cotton, Arthur Lees, and Norman Von Nida. Even then, there were nine players within three-strokes of the lead. Horne, who began two back, made the first move with a 35 on the front-nine. He took a pair of 5s at the 16th and 17th holes, however, and at the 18th his putt for a three lipped out and finished at 294. Daly began the round with a 38 (+4) on the front, but he recovered on the back and holed a birdie putt on the 18th to post 293. Cotton made the turn in 36 and needed another 36 on the back to tie Daly, but in the blustery wind this proved too difficult and he finished at 297. That left Stranahan as the last player on the course able to tie Daly. He reached the 17th needing to play the final two holes in seven strokes, but a three-putt led to a five and saw him needing an improbable two on the last. He gave it a good shot, with his approach stopping less than a foot (0.3 m) from the hole

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