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|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||285 Bob Charles (1972)|
|To par||−2 Christy O'Connor Snr (1970)|
The John Player Classic was first played in 1970 at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell), when Ireland's Christy O'Connor Snr triumphed by one stroke over England's Tony Jacklin to collect the £25,000 first prize. Having not been held in 1971, the tournament returned as part of the new European Tour in 1972. It also had a change of venue, being moved to Turnberry on the west coast of Scotland.
The tournament was played just once more, in 1973, when American Charles Coody took the title. The second round featured some of the worst conditions ever seen in a professional golf tournament, with a gale-force wind gusting up to 65 mph, and rain falling horizontally. Marquees and hoardings were destroyed, with several exhibitors tents being uprooted and flung onto the course.
|Year||Winner||Score||To par||Margin of
|1973||Charles Coody||289||+5||3 strokes||Tony Jacklin||15,000||Turnberry|||
|1972||Bob Charles||285||+1||1 stroke|| Gay Brewer
|1971: No tournament|
|1970||Christy O'Connor Snr||286||−2||1 stroke||Tony Jacklin||25,000||Notts|||
- "O'Connor Captures Player Golf Classic". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. 7 September 1970. p. 23.
- Ward, Andrew (1999). Golf's Strangest Rounds. London: Robson Books. p. 215. ISBN 1861051840.
- "Golf". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 6 March 1974. p. 6D.
- Jacobs, Raymond (6 March 1974). "Player Classic is dropped". Glasgow Herald. p. 4. Retrieved 15 June 2020 – via Google News Archive.
- "Another British tournament goes to a foreigner". The Glasgow Herald. 1 October 1973. p. 7.
- "Why victory matter more to Charles than £15,000". The Times. 2 October 1972. p. 11.
- "O'Connor holds off Jacklin and wins £25,000". The Glasgow Herald. 7 September 1970. p. 4.
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