1907 News of the World Match Play

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1907 News of the World Match Play
Tournament information
Dates 15–17 October 1907
Location Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
Course(s) Sunningdale 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. J.H. Taylor 4 & 2
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Sunningdale Golf Club is located in England
Sunningdale Golf Club
Sunningdale Golf Club
Location in England

The 1907 News of the World Match Play was the fifth News of the World Match Play tournament. It was played from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 October at Sunningdale 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 J.H. Taylor 4 & 2 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 number of entries from each section were adjusted. The Southern section had 14 qualifiers, the Northern section 6, the Midland and the Scottish sections 4 and the Irish and Welsh sections 2. In the event of a tie for places there was a playoff.

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
15 October
  Second round
15 October
  Third round
16 October
16 October
17 October
Scotland James Kinnell 20h  
Scotland Tom Watt       Scotland James Kinnell    
Scotland Alex Marling     England Charlie Pope 4&2  
England Charlie Pope 7&5       England Charlie Pope    
England Alfred Lewis         Jersey Ted Ray 4&3  
England Tom Williamson 2&1     England Tom Williamson  
Jersey Ted Ray 2&1   Jersey Ted Ray 20h  
England Rowland Jones         Jersey Ted Ray    
Scotland Jack Ross         Scotland James Braid 4&3  
Scotland Sandy Herd 4&3     Scotland Sandy Herd    
Ireland James Edmundson 3&2   Ireland James Edmundson 2&1  
England Sam Whiting         Ireland James Edmundson  
England Ernest Gray 2&1       Scotland James Braid 6&5  
England James Bradbeer       England Ernest Gray  
Scotland James Braid 3&1   Scotland James Braid 6&4  
Scotland George Coburn         Scotland James Braid 4&2
England Anthony Kettley         England J.H. Taylor  
Scotland Robert Thomson 6&5     Scotland Robert Thomson    
England J.H. Taylor 5&4   England J.H. Taylor 3&2  
Jersey Ernest Gaudin         England J.H. Taylor 2up  
England James Sherlock 6&5       England James Sherlock    
England Charles Roberts       England James Sherlock 1up
Scotland Bob McKenzie     England Arthur Mitchell    
England Arthur Mitchell 3&1       England J.H. Taylor 1up
Scotland Tom Drummond         Jersey Harry Vardon    
England Bill Leaver 2&1     England Bill Leaver    
Scotland George Duncan     England Charles Mayo 2&1  
England Charles Mayo 5&4       England Charles Mayo  
England George Pulford w/o       Jersey Harry Vardon 6&5  
England Albert Bellworthy       England George Pulford  
Jersey Harry Vardon 4&3   Jersey Harry Vardon 4&3  
England Jack Oke    

w/o = Walk over

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. 8 October 1907. p. 12.
  2. ^ "Golf – Professional golfers' £240 tournament – Defeat of Alexander Herd". The Glasgow Herald. 16 Oct 1907. p. 13.
  3. ^ "Golf – £240 Professional tournament – Braid and Taylor in the final". The Glasgow Herald. 17 Oct 1907. p. 13.
  4. ^ "Golf – The Professional tournament – Braid's fine victory". The Glasgow Herald. 18 Oct 1907. p. 12.

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