1973 Piccadilly World Match Play Championship

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1973 Piccadilly World Match Play Championship
Tournament information
Dates11–13 October 1973
LocationVirginia Water, Surrey, England
Course(s)West Course, Wentworth
FormatMatch play – 36 holes
Statistics
Par74
Length6,997 yards (6,398 m)
Field8 players
Prize fund£30,000
Winner's share£10,000
Champion
South Africa Gary Player
def. Graham Marsh after 40 holes
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The 1973 Piccadilly World Match Play Championship was the tenth World Match Play Championship. It was played from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 October on the West Course at Wentworth. Eight players competed in a straight knock-out competition, with each match contested over 36 holes. The champion received £10,000 out of a total prize fund of £30,000. In the final, Gary Player beat Graham Marsh at the fourth extra hole to win the championship for the fifth time.

In a close final, Player holed a 7-foot birdie putt at the 36th hole to tie the match after Marsh's second shot had found a green-side bunker and he was unable to get down in two more. Player had to get up and down from bunkers at the first two extra holes to extend the match. At the fourth extra hole, he holed from 9 feet and then Marsh missed from 3 feet to give Player the victory.[1]

Course[edit]

Source:[2]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 476 157 457 497 192 347 403 400 460 3,389 190 408 480 437 183 480 380 555 495 3,608 6,997
Par 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 36 3 4 5 4 3 5 4 5 5 38 74

Scores[edit]

Source:[1][2][3]

  Quarter-finals
11 October
Semi-finals
12 October
Final
13 October
                     
  United States Tom Weiskopf 3 & 2  
United States Lanny Wadkins  
  United States Tom Weiskopf  
    Australia Graham Marsh 4 & 3  
United States Tommy Aaron
  Australia Graham Marsh 3 & 2  
    Australia Graham Marsh
  South Africa Gary Player 40 h
  United States Johnny Miller 4 & 3  
England Peter Oosterhuis  
United States Johnny Miller
    South Africa Gary Player 3 & 2  
South Africa Gary Player 3 & 2
  England Tony Jacklin  

Prize money[edit]

The winner received £10,000, the runner-up £5,000, the losing semi-finalists £3,500 and the first round losers £2,000, making a total prize fund of £30,000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Best of Piccadilly kept to last day as Player has fifth win". The Times, Monday, 15 October 1973; pg. 13; Issue 58913.
  2. ^ a b "The British chaff is separated from the American wheat". The Times, Friday, 12 October 1973; pg. 16; Issue 58911.
  3. ^ "The quiet Australian moves in to seek a world reputation". The Times, Saturday, 13 October 1973; pg. 7; Issue 58912.

Coordinates: 51°23′48″N 0°35′45″W / 51.39667°N 0.59583°W / 51.39667; -0.59583