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1978 Golf Highlights

Gary Player won the Masters with a final score of 277, on April 9, thanks to a record final round score of 64. Hubert Green, Rod Funseth, and Tom Wason tied for second with 278 strokes each.

Gary Player gives a clenched fist victory salute after scoring his third Masters win.
Gary Player celebrates his Masters win

Player followed his Masters win with a victory in the Tournament of Champions. As he had at the Masters, Player overcame a 7-stroke deficit going into the final round (on April 16), in which he scored a 67, giving him a 12-stroke lead over Severiano Ballesteros.

Player's third straight win came at the Houston Open on April 23. Three strokes behind Aney Bean going into the final round, Player scored a birdie on the 71st hole and ultimately won by one stroke.

Player's winning streak came to an end at the U.S. Open (June 15-18), at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado, which was won by Andy North with a one-over-par final total score of 285.

Nancy Lopez smiles after scoring her fifth straight win, a record on the LPGA circuit she set by winning the Bankers Trust Classic at Locust Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, on June 18.
Nancy Lopez smiles after her fifth straight win

Jack Nicklaus won the British Open (July 12-15) with a score of 281. There was a four-way tie for second, with Ben Crenshaw, Ray Floyd, Tom Kite, and Simon Owen all ending with a score of 283.

For the second successive year Tom Watson, with $362,469, was the leading money winner by a huge margin.

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In the Year 1978
Nancy Lopez

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