FORE KING GOLF

1981 Bill Rogers Wins The Open At Royal St George’s

Steve

In 1981 The Open returned to Royal St George’s for the first time in 32 years after new road links had made Sandwich more accessible.

A new generation of professionals would get to know the links and it was one with no prior knowledge who triumphed. Rogers almost missed his tee-time on the first day, but it had nothing to do with his unfamiliarity with the venue and everything to do with misreading the starting list.

He was on the practice putting green when journalist John Whitbread noticed he was in the wrong place and Rogers ran to the first tee just in time.

Four rounds later, after playing the golf of his life, Rogers admitted it would have been a completely different story had Whitbread not intervened.