1906 Open Championship

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1906 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 13–15 June 1906
Location Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s) Muirfield
Statistics
Field 181 players, 72 after cut[1]
Cut 163
Prize fund £115
Winner's share £50
Champion
Scotland James Braid
300
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Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland
Muirfield is located in East Lothian
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in East Lothian, Scotland

The 1906 Open Championship was the 46th Open Championship, held 13–15 June at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Defending champion James Braid won the Championship for the third time, four strokes ahead of runner-up J.H. Taylor.[2]

There was no qualifying competition. All entries played 18 holes in pairs on the first two days with all those within 14 strokes of the leader making the cut and playing 36 holes on the final day.

The feature of the opening round on Wednesday was the play of the amateurs. John Graham, Jr. led with a 71, while Robert Maxwell was amongst those tied for second on 73 with Robert Whitecross and Hugh Watt, both from Dirleton Castle Golf Club, a further shot behind.[3]

Taylor and Harry Vardon came to fore in the second round on Thursday. Taylor was out in 41 but came back in 31, despite three-putting the last. Vardon was only a shot worse with a 73. Taylor led on 149, with Vardon and Graham on 150; 72 players were within 14 shots of Taylor and made the cut.[4]

Taylor's third round 75 on Friday morning was good enough for him to retain the lead by a stroke over Rowland Jones and three over Braid and Vardon. In the final round that afternoon, Jones scored a disappointing 83 to drop out of contention, while Taylor scored 80 and Vardon 78. Only two players bettered 77, Walter Toogood with a 71 and Braid with a 73, but Toogood was already out of the picture after an 83 in the morning. Needing a 76 for victory, Braid reached the turn in 38 and after more steady play he was left with two fives at the last two holes to win. A 45-foot (14 m) putt for a three at the 17th hole secured the victory.[2]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
James Braid  Scotland 1901, 1905 77 76 74 73 300 1
J.H. Taylor  England 1894, 1895, 1900 77 72 75 80 304 2
Harry Vardon  Jersey 1896, 1898,
1899, 1903
77 73 77 78 305 3
Sandy Herd  Scotland 1902 81 79 77 80 317 19
John Ball (a)  England 1890 80 82 77 82 321 T35
Willie Fernie  Scotland 1883 82 83 CUT T84
William Auchterlonie  Scotland 1893 85 87 CUT T133

Source:[1][2]

Did not enter: Jack White (1904), Harold Hilton (1892, 1897).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 13 June 1906

Place Player Country Score
1 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 71
T2 George Duncan  Scotland 73
Percy Hills  England
Robert Maxwell (a)  Scotland
T5 Rowland Jones  England 74
Robert Whitecross (a)  Scotland
Hugh Watt (a)  Scotland
8 Ben Sayers, Jr.  Scotland 75
T9 James Douglas Edgar  England 76
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Thomas Renouf  Jersey
Robert Thomson  Scotland
Tom Vardon  Jersey

Source:[1][3]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 14 June 1906

Place Player Country Score
1 J.H. Taylor  England 77-72=149
T2 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 71-79=150
Harry Vardon  Jersey 77-73=150
T4 George Duncan  Scotland 73-78=151
Robert Maxwell (a)  Scotland 73-78=151
6 Rowland Jones  England 74-78=152
T7 James Braid  Scotland 77-76=153
Thomas Renouf  Jersey 76-77=153
T9 Phil Gaudin  Jersey 77-77=154
Ernest Gray  England 77-77=154
David Kinnell  Scotland 78-76=154
Robert Thomson  Scotland 76-78=154
Tom Williamson  England 77-77=154

Source:[1][4]

Third round[edit]

Friday, 15 June 1906 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 J.H. Taylor  England 77-72-75=224
2 Rowland Jones  England 74-78-73=225
T3 James Braid  Scotland 77-76-74=227
Harry Vardon  Jersey 77-73-77=227
T5 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 71-79-78=228
Robert Maxwell (a)  Scotland 73-78-77=228
7 Thomas Renouf  Jersey 76-77-76=229
T8 Arnaud Massy  France 76-80-76=232
Ernest Gray  England 77-77-78=232
Tom Williamson  England 77-77-78=232

Source:[1][2]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 15 June 1906 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money (£)
1 James Braid  Scotland 77-76-74-73=300 50
2 J.H. Taylor  England 77-72-75-80=304 25
3 Harry Vardon  Jersey 77-73-77-78=305 15
4 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 71-79-78-78=306 0
5 Rowland Jones  England 74-78-73-83=308 10
6 Arnaud Massy  France 76-80-76-78=310 7 10s
7 Robert Maxwell (a)  Scotland 73-78-77-83=311 0
T8 George Duncan  Scotland 73-78-83-78=312 2 10s
Ted Ray  Jersey 80-75-79-78=312
Thomas Renouf  Jersey 76-77-76-83=312

Source:[1][2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 130. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Open Championship - victory of James Braid". Glasgow Herald. 16 June 1906. p. 12. 
  3. ^ a b "Open Championship - first day's play at Muirfield". Glasgow Herald. 14 June 1906. p. 12. 
  4. ^ a b "Open Championship - second day's play". Glasgow Herald. 15 June 1906. p. 14. 
  5. ^ 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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