1904 Open Championship

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1904 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 8–10 June 1904
Location Sandwich, England
Course(s) Royal St George's Golf Club
Statistics
Field 144 players, 52 after cut[1]
Cut 168
Prize fund £115
Winner's share £50
Champion
Scotland Jack White
296
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Location in Kent. England

The 1904 Open Championship was the 44th Open Championship, held 8–10 June at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Jack White won his only major title, one stroke ahead of runners-up James Braid and J.H. Taylor, both former champions.[2]

For the first time, the Open was scheduled for three days; the final day remained at 36 holes, but the first two rounds were now over two days.[3] Those within nineteen strokes of the leader made the 36-hole cut, with the additional provision that the final day's field had to contain at least 32 professionals.

The opening round on Wednesday was cold and windy, which led to some high scoring. Robert Thomson led with 75 after reaching the turn in 34. He was a shot ahead of amateur John Graham, Jr. and Harry Vardon.[4] It was less windy on Thursday for the second round, and Vardon led on 149, followed by Thomson on 151 and Graham on 152. James Sherlock set a new record for the Open with 71, while Willie Park, Jr. scored 72; 52 players were within nineteen strokes of Vardon and made the cut at 168 or better.[5]

Overnight rain and light winds made for some low scoring on Friday. Braid set a new Championship record with a 69 in the third round, reaching the turn in 31. White has the second best score with a 72, after the morning round, Braid led on 226 with White on 227; Vardon was at 228 after a disappointing 79.[2]

White, one of the early starters in the afternoon, scored 69 for 296.[2] Braid also played well but his 71 left him a shot behind, he holed a long putt at the 15th but a four at the short 16th left him too much to do. Taylor was the last player with a chance to catch White but needed a 67 to do so. Starting 3-3-2, he reached the turn in 32. However, like Braid, he took four at the 16th and also ended up a shot behind, his 68 was another new Open record. White's total of 296 was yet another, the first total under 300.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
James Braid  Scotland 1901 77 80 69 71 297 T2
J.H. Taylor  England 1894, 1895, 1900 77 78 74 68 297 T2
Harry Vardon  Jersey 1896, 1898,
1899, 1903
76 73 79 74 302 5
Sandy Herd  Scotland 1902 84 76 76 75 311 9
Willie Park Jr.  Scotland 1887, 1889 84 72 81 78 315 T12
John Ball  England 1890 83 78 79 88 318 18
Willie Fernie  Scotland 1883 84 79 WD T48
Harold Hilton (a)  England 1892, 1897 WD T114

Source:[1][2]

Did not enter: William Auchterlonie (1893), Jack Burns (1888).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 8 June 1904

Place Player Country Score
1 Robert Thomson  Scotland 75
T2 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 76
Harry Vardon  Jersey
T4 James Braid  Scotland 77
J.H. Taylor  England
Tom Vardon  Jersey
7 Andrew Kirkaldy  Scotland 78
T8 George Coburn  England 79
Phil Gaudin  Jersey
T10 Robert Maxwell  Scotland 80
Ben Sayers  Scotland
Jack White  Scotland

Source:[1][4]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 9 June 1904

Place Player Country Score
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 76-73=149
2 Robert Thomson  Scotland 75-76=151
3 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 76-76=152
T4 James Sherlock  England 83-71=154
Tom Vardon  Jersey 77-77=154
T6 J.H. Taylor  England 77-78=155
Jack White  Scotland 80-75=155
8 Willie Park Jr.  Scotland 84-72=156
T9 James Braid  Scotland 77-80=157
Andrew Kirkaldy  Scotland 78-79=157

Source:[1][5]

Third round[edit]

Friday, 10 June 1904 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 James Braid  Scotland 77-80-69=226
2 Jack White  Scotland 80-75-72=227
3 Harry Vardon  Jersey 76-73-79=228
T4 J.H. Taylor  England 77-78-74=229
Tom Vardon  Jersey 77-77-75=229
6 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 76-76-78=230
T7 Andrew Kirkaldy  Scotland 78-79-74=231
Robert Thomson  Scotland 75-76-80=231
9 James Sherlock  England 83-71-78=232
10 Ernest Gray  England 84-77-74=235

Source:[1][2]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 10 June 1904 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money (£)
1 Jack White  Scotland 80-75-72-69=296 50
T2 James Braid  Scotland 77-80-69-71=297 20
J.H. Taylor  England 77-78-74-68=297
4 Tom Vardon  Jersey 77-77-75-72=301 10
5 Harry Vardon  Jersey 76-73-79-74=302 7
10s
6 James Sherlock  England 83-71-78-77=309
T7 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 76-76-78-80=310 0
Andrew Kirkaldy  Scotland 78-79-74-79=310
9 Sandy Herd  Scotland 84-76-76-75=311
T10 Robert Maxwell (a)  Scotland 80-80-76-77=313
Ben Sayers  Scotland 80-80-76-77=313

Source:[1][2][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 133. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Open Championship - Victory of Jack White". Glasgow Herald. 11 June 1904. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "The Open Championship - preliminary practice". Glasgow Herald. 8 June 1904. p. 11. 
  4. ^ a b "Open Championship - first day's play at Sandwich". Glasgow Herald. 9 June 1904. p. 12. 
  5. ^ a b "Open Championship - second day's play". Glasgow Herald. 10 June 1904. p. 13. 
  6. ^ 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. 

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Coordinates: 51°16′26″N 1°22′01″E / 51.274°N 1.367°E / 51.274; 1.367