1903 Open Championship

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1903 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 10–11 June 1903
Location Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Course(s) Prestwick Golf Club
Statistics
Field 124 players, 59 after cut[1]
Cut 169
Prize fund £115
Winner's share £50
Champion
Jersey Harry Vardon
300
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Prestwick is located in Scotland
Prestwick
Prestwick
Location in Scotland
Prestwick  is located in South Ayrshire
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The 1903 Open Championship was the 43rd Open Championship, held 10–11 June at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland.[2] Harry Vardon won the Championship for the fourth time, six strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Vardon, his younger brother.

All entries played 36 holes on the first day with all those within 19 strokes of the leader making the cut and playing 36 holes on the final day, with the additional provision that the final day's field had to contain at least 32 professionals.

After the opening round on Wednesday morning, Harry Vardon and defending champion Sandy Herd co-led at 73, three strokes ahead of the rest of the field; in the afternoon, Herd had a poor 83 and Harry Vardon's 77 gave him a four shot lead on 150 ahead of Andrew Scott, despite a seven at the 17th hole. The cut was at 169 and 59 advanced to the final two rounds. Rowland Jones was initially disqualified but later reinstated.

In the third round on Thursday morning, Harry Vardon scored 72, having reached the turn in 34, this gave him a seven-stroke lead over Jack White, with Herd and Tom Vardon ten shots behind. In the afternoon, White took a seven at the third hole which effectively gave Harry Vardon the title. Playing cautiously, he eventually finished with a 78. Tom Vardon had the best final round score of 74 and moved into second place ahead of White.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Harry Vardon  Jersey 1896, 1898, 1899 73 77 72 78 300 1
Sandy Herd  Scotland 1902 73 83 76 77 309 4
James Braid  Scotland 1901 77 79 79 75 310 5
J.H. Taylor  England 1894, 1895, 1900 80 82 78 76 316 T9
Willie Park Jr.  Scotland 1887, 1889 78 86 80 75 319 T15
Willie Fernie  Scotland 1883 78 81 76 89 324 T25
Harold Hilton (a)  England 1892, 1897 81 79 83 81 324 T25
William Auchterlonie  Scotland 1893 83 84 79 84 330 T45

Source:[1]

Did not enter: John Ball (1890), Jack Burns (1888).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 10 June 1903 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
T1 Sandy Herd  Scotland 73
Harry Vardon  Jersey
T3 Tom Vardon  Jersey 76
Tom Williamson  England
T5 James Braid  Scotland 77
Ernest Gray  England
John Hunter  Scotland
Andrew Scott  Scotland
Jack White  Scotland
T10 Robert Andrew (a)  Scotland 78
Willie Fernie  Scotland
James Hepburn  Scotland
James Kinnell  Scotland
Willie Park, Jr.  Scotland

Source:[1]

Second round[edit]

Wednesday, 10 June 1903 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 73-77=150
2 Andrew Scott  Scotland 77-77=154
T3 Willie Hunter, Sr.  Scotland 81-74=155
Jack White  Scotland 77-78=155
T5 James Braid  Scotland 77-79=156
Sandy Herd  Scotland 73-83=156
John Hunter  Scotland 77-79=156
Tom Williamson  England 76-80=156
9 Tom Vardon  Jersey 76-81=157
T10 George Cawsey  England 80-78=158
Bill Leaver  England 79-79=158

Source:[1]

Third round[edit]

Thursday, 11 June 1903 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 73-77-72=222
2 Jack White  Scotland 77-78-74=229
T3 Tom Vardon  Jersey 76-81-75=232
Sandy Herd  Scotland 73-83-76=232
T5 George Cawsey  England 80-78-76=234
Willie Hunter, Sr.  Scotland 81-74-79=234
T7 James Braid  Scotland 77-79-79=235
Willie Fernie  Scotland 78-81-76=235
Bill Leaver  England 79-79-77=235
Tom Williamson  England 76-80-79=235

Source:[1]

Final round[edit]

Thursday, 11 June 1903 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money (£)
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 73-77-72-78=300 50
2 Tom Vardon  Jersey 76-81-75-74=306 25
3 Jack White  Scotland 77-78-74-79=308 15
4 Sandy Herd  Scotland 73-83-76-77=309 10
5 James Braid  Scotland 77-79-79-75=310 7 10s
T6 Andrew Scott  Scotland 77-77-83-77=314 3 15s
Robert Thomson  Scotland 83-78-77-76=314
8 Bill Leaver  England 79-79-77-80=315 0
T9 George Cawsey  England 80-78-76-82=316
J.H. Taylor  England 80-82-78-76=316

Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 134. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Open Championship". Glasgow Herald. 8 June 1903. p. 13. 
  3. ^ Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of the Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008. 1. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5. 

External links[edit]

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