1905 News of the World Match Play

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1905 News of the World Match Play
Tournament information
Dates 3–5 October 1905
Location Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England
Course(s) Walton Heath Golf Club
Organised by The PGA
Format Match play – 18 holes
(Final 36 holes)
Field 32 players
Prize fund £240
Winner's share £100
Scotland James Braid
def. Tom Vardon 4 & 3
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1906 →
Walton Heath Golf Club is located in England
Walton Heath Golf Club
Walton Heath Golf Club
Location in England

The 1905 News of the World Match Play was the third News of the World Match Play tournament. It was played from Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 October at Walton Heath Golf Club. 32 players competed in a straight knock-out competition, with each match contested over 18 holes, except for the final which was over 36 holes. The winner received £100 out of a total prize fund of £240. James Braid defeated Tom Vardon 4 & 3 in the final to win the tournament.


Entry was restricted to members of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA). Qualification was by a series of 36-hole stroke-play competitions; one for each of the six PGA sections. The Southern section had 16 qualifiers, the Midland and Northern sections had 5 each, the Scottish section 3, the Irish section 2 and the Welsh section 1. In the event of a tie for places there was a playoff. Compared to 1904 one entry was allocated to the new Welsh section with the number of qualifiers from the Northern section being reduced to five.

The qualifiers were:


The format was unchanged. Matches were over 18 holes except for the final which was over 36 holes. Extra holes were played in the event of a tied match. Two rounds were played on the first day, two more on the second day with the final on the third day.


Source: [1][2][3][4]

First round
3 October
  Second round
3 October
  Third round
4 October
4 October
5 October
Scotland Ralph Smith    
England Willie Lewis 1up     England Willie Lewis w/o  
England Fred Collins scr      
France Arnaud Massy scr       England Willie Lewis    
England John Hutchings         England Rowland Jones 2&1  
England Rowland Jones 9&7     England Rowland Jones 1up
Jersey Harry Vardon 4&3   Jersey Harry Vardon    
England William Webb         England Rowland Jones    
Scotland Sandy Herd         Scotland James Braid 4&3  
Scotland James Braid 19h     Scotland James Braid 5&4  
England Harry Cawsey 3&2   England Harry Cawsey    
England George Cawsey         Scotland James Braid 6&4
Scotland Jack White         England Jack Rowe    
England Jack Rowe 1up     England Jack Rowe 19h
England John Whiting     England Tom Williamson    
England Tom Williamson 19h       Scotland James Braid 4&3
Scotland Jock Hutchison 4&2       Jersey Tom Vardon  
Scotland David McEwan       Scotland Jock Hutchison 3&2  
England Alfred Toogood 6&4   England Alfred Toogood    
Scotland Tom Hood         Scotland Jock Hutchison    
Scotland James Hepburn         Jersey Tom Vardon 6&5  
Scotland George Duncan 3&2     Scotland George Duncan  
England Bertie Snowball     Jersey Tom Vardon 1up  
Jersey Tom Vardon 1up       Jersey Tom Vardon 1up
England Ernest Riseborough         England Arthur Mitchell    
England J.H. Taylor 2up     England J.H. Taylor 2&1  
England George Carter w/o   England George Carter    
Scotland Andrew Kirkaldy         England J.H. Taylor  
England Percy Hills         England Arthur Mitchell 2&1  
England Arthur Mitchell 1up     England Arthur Mitchell 1up
Ireland Fred Smyth 3&1   Ireland Fred Smyth    
England Wilfrid Reid    

w/o = Walk over
scr = Scratched

Prize money[edit]

The winner received £100 and a gold medal, the runner-up £30 and a silver medal, the losing semi-finalists £15 and a bronze medal, while the third round losers received £10 and the second round losers received £5.


  1. ^ "Golf – Professional Golfers' Association". The Times. 28 September 1905. p. 9.
  2. ^ "Golf – Professional tournament at Walton Heath – Defeat of Herd and H Vardon". The Glasgow Herald. 4 Oct 1905. p. 11.
  3. ^ "Golf – The Professional tourney at Walton Heath – J H Taylor's surprising defeat". The Glasgow Herald. 5 Oct 1905. p. 13.
  4. ^ "Golf – The Professional tourney – Victory of J Braid". The Glasgow Herald. 6 Oct 1905. p. 11.

Coordinates: 51°16′40″N 0°14′45″W / 51.27778°N 0.24583°W / 51.27778; -0.24583