GOLF—TOM WATSON won the British Open at Turn-berry, Scotland with a fourth-round 65 for a 12-under-par total of 268, to edge two-time champion Jack Nicklaus by one stroke. Watson, who won the Masters earlier this year, earned $17,000 (page 28).
With a string of four straight birdies, 31-year-old MIKE MORLEY shot a 17-under-par 267 to win the Quad Cities Open in Coal Valley, Ill. Morley beat Bob Murphy and Victor Regalado by two strokes and earned $25,000 for his first PGA tour victory.
Pat Bradley shot a six-under-par 213 to win an LPGA tournament in Rochester, N.Y. by two strokes over JoAnne Carner, Carol Mann and Kathy Whit-worth. The $11,000 first prize moved Bradley into sixth place ($55,602) on the money-winning list.
HORSE RACING—QUIET LITTLE TABLE ($19.80), Eddie Maple in the irons, upset heavily favored Forego to win the $106,400 Suburban Handicap by a neck at Belmont. The winner, who carried 114 pounds compared to top-weighted Forego's 138, ran the 1� miles in 2:03.
Jatski ($4.80), Sam Maple up, took the $115,850 Omaha Gold Cup at Ak-Sar-Ben by two lengths over Baldski, covering the 1[1/16] miles in 1:41[3/5]
Top-weighted CASCAPEDIA ($4.20), Sandy Hawley in the saddle, won the $110,500 Vanity Handicap by a nose over Bastonera 2nd at Hollywood. The 4-year-old filly covered the 1? miles in 1:47[3/5].
HYDROPLANING—Defending national champion BILL MUNCEY drove his unlimited Atlas Van Lines to his fourth win in five starts this season at the Hydrofair at Owensboro, Ky. Muncey, who picked up $6,383, set a course record by averaging 110.178 mph as he beat Mickey Remund in Miss Budweiser by one second.
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 142.716 mph in his Dodge, RICHARD PETTY won the rain-delayed Firecracker 400 by 16 seconds over Darrell Waltrip's Chevrolet at Daytona. Petty picked up $19,075 for his fifth victory of the season.
Four-time Le Mans winner JACKY ICKX and teammate JOCHEN MASS won the six-hour World Championship of Makes endurance race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Averaging 96.847 mph, they covered 584 miles in their Porsche 935.
SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY, in the Top Fuel class, and DON PRUDHOMME, in Funny Car, both made solo runs for titles at the NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J. Larry Lombardo ran 8.68 seconds at 158.73 mph in his 1977 Monza to beat Frank Iacono in Pro Stock (page 26).