1908 News of the World Match Play

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1908 News of the World Match Play
Tournament information
Dates 6–8 October 1908
Location Richmond, London, England
Course(s) Mid-Surrey Golf Club
Organised by The PGA
Format Match play – 18 holes
(Final 36 holes)
Field 32 players
Prize fund £240
Winner's share £100
England J.H. Taylor
def. Fred Robson 2 up
← 1907
1909 →
Mid-Surrey Golf Club is located in England
Mid-Surrey Golf Club
Mid-Surrey Golf Club
Location in England

The 1908 News of the World Match Play was the sixth News of the World Match Play tournament. It was played from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 October at Mid-Surrey 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. J.H. Taylor defeated Fred Robson by 2 holes 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 14 qualifiers, the Northern section 7, the Midland and the Scottish sections 4, the Irish section 2 and the Welsh section 1. Compared to 1907 there was one extra qualifier for the Northern section and one less for Welsh section. 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.



First round
6 October
  Second round
6 October
  Third round
7 October
7 October
8 October
Jersey Harry Vardon 7&6  
Scotland Charles Neaves       Jersey Harry Vardon 3&1  
England Jack Rowe     England Jack Oke    
England Jack Oke 1up       Jersey Harry Vardon    
Jersey Tom Beck         England Charles Mayo 4&3  
England Charles Mayo 6&5     England Charles Mayo 4&2
England Reg Wilson     England Tom Williamson    
England Tom Williamson 4&2       England Charles Mayo    
England Syd Ball         England Fred Robson 3&1  
Scotland Ben Sayers 3&2     Scotland Ben Sayers 2&1  
Scotland Sandy Herd     Jersey Tom Vardon    
Jersey Tom Vardon 19h       Scotland Ben Sayers  
England Fred Robson 3&2       England Fred Robson 1up  
England Albert Tingey, Sr.       England Fred Robson 2&1
England Tom Ball 4&3   England Tom Ball    
France Arnaud Massy         England Fred Robson  
Scotland Tom Watt         England J.H. Taylor 2up
England Rowland Jones 1up     England Rowland Jones    
Scotland Willie Fernie     England James Sherlock 4&3  
England James Sherlock w/o       England James Sherlock 1up  
Wales Willie Aveston         Jersey Thomas Renouf    
Ireland Harry Kidd 3&2     Ireland Harry Kidd  
Scotland George Coburn     Jersey Thomas Renouf 5&3  
Jersey Thomas Renouf 5&4       England James Sherlock  
England J.H. Taylor 2&1       England J.H. Taylor 3&2  
Scotland James Braid       England J.H. Taylor 2up  
Jersey Ted Ray 3&1   Jersey Ted Ray    
England James Batley         England J.H. Taylor 3&1
Ireland James Edmundson         England Ernest Gray    
England Ernest Gray 2&1     England Ernest Gray 2&1
Scotland Willie Binnie 3&1   Scotland Willie Binnie    
England James Bradbeer    

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.


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