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1988 Senior British Open
Gary Player came to the Senior British Open at Turnberry in Scotland having had a reasonably successful Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes just the week before, so he was keen to do well.
He had been playing very well on the Champions Tour in 1988 and took that confidence into the first round at the Ailsa course at Turnberry, opening with a five-under par 65. This gave Player the tournament lead, which he was able to hold onto throughout, despite some fine golf from a charging Billy Casper.
The final round was typically blustery, but two good birdies on the 12th and 16th allowed the Black Knight to win his first Senior Open Championships by one shot over Billy Casper.