1911 Open Championship

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1911 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 26–30 June 1911
Location Sandwich, England
Course(s) Royal St George's Golf Club
Statistics
Length 6,587 yards (6,023 m)[1]
Field 226 players,[2] 73 after cut
Cut 162
Prize fund £125
Winner's share £50
Champion
Jersey Harry Vardon
303, playoff
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The 1911 Open Championship was the 51st Open Championship, held 26–30 June at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Harry Vardon won the Championship for the fifth time in a playoff over Arnaud Massy, the 1907 champion.

There was no qualifying event and with 226 entries it was not possible for all the players to play 18 holes on the same day, the players were therefore divided into three "sections," with the first 36 holes played over three days. Sections A and B played their first rounds on Monday, while section C played on Tuesday morning. Section A played their second rounds that afternoon, while sections B and C played their second rounds on Wednesday.

By the start of the first round, the number of participants had been reduced to 222, with four withdrawals, on Monday, Michael Moran of Section B had the best round at 72.[3] On Tuesday morning, the players in Section C discovered that a number of the holes had been moved since the first day. Later in the day a letter of protest was drawn up by a group of professionals and presented to the authorities: "To the Committee of the Championship, 1911 - Gentlemen, we the undersigned competitors at this Championship meeting respectfully protest against the alteration of the course during the qualifying (sic) rounds."[1] Play was somewhat easier on the second morning and amateur Edward Blackwell led at 71, with by J.H. Taylor. joining Moran with 72.

At the end of Tuesday, only Section A had completed 36 holes, and Ted Ray led at 148,[1] the Committee replied to the professionals, "The Green Committee consider that in deciding to cut fresh holes each day they had adopted the best course possible under the terms of the competition, which were exceptional owing to the large entry, and though they regret that there was any dissatisfaction amongst the players, they decided that the protest could not be upheld."[4] New holes were again cut on the third morning, so that Sections B and C played their second round to different holes to Section A.

The second round was completed on Wednesday evening, and George Duncan led the field at 144, four ahead of Ray, Taylor, and Vardon, the leading sixty players and ties advanced for the final 36 holes on Thursday; the cut was at 162 and 73 players advanced, with fifteen players on the number.[4]

Duncan had a poor third round of 83 in the morning, which left Vardon with a three-shot lead over Sandy Herd, Taylor, and Massy.

Vardon was among the early starters in the afternoon and scored 80 for 303. Amateur Harold Hilton reached the turn in 33, but took 43 for the last nine and finished a shot behind. Massy needed a four at the difficult final hole to tie; he reached the green with two woods and two-putted to force a 36-hole playoff with Vardon on Friday.[5]

Massy led the playoff after ten holes, but a six at the 14th and a disastrous seven at 17 put Vardon ahead by five after the first round, the lead extended to seven after 27 holes and ten after 34 holes. After Vardon reached the green in two at the 35th and Massy was in thick rough after two shots, Massy picked up his ball and conceded.

Coronation Match[edit]

The Championship was preceded by a "Coronation Match" between teams of amateurs and professionals at Royal St George's on Saturday 24 June, the match was in celebration of the coronation of George V on 22 June. The match consisted of 9 foursomes matches, each over 36 holes, the result was an 8–1 win for the professionals. Only one match went beyond the 33rd hole and resulted in a win for the amateurs at the 38th hole.[6][7]

Course[edit]

Hole Yards     Hole Yards
1 400 10 365
2 312 11 380
3 250 12 370
4 425 13 431
5 390 14 505
6 160 15 433
7 506 16 160
8 220 17 400
9 420 18 460
Out 3,083 In 3,504
Source:[1] Total 6,587

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Harry Vardon  Jersey 1896, 1898,
1899, 1903
74 74 75 78 303 1
Arnaud Massy  France 1907 75 78 74 76 303 2
Sandy Herd  Scotland 1902 77 73 76 78 304 T3
Harold Hilton (a)  England 1892, 1897 76 74 78 76 304 T3
James Braid  Scotland 1901, 1905,
1906, 1908, 1910
78 75 74 78 305 T5
J.H. Taylor  England 1894, 1895,
1900, 1909
72 76 78 79 305 T5
John Ball (a)  England 1890 80 83 CUT 163 T74
Willie Park Jr.  Scotland 1887, 1889 79 84 CUT 163 T74

Source:[2][5]

Did not enter: Jack White (1904)

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Monday, 26 June 1911 (morning, section A; afternoon, section B)
Tuesday, 27 June 1911 (morning, section C)

Place Player Country Score Section
1 Edward Blackwell (a)  Scotland 71 C
T2 Michael Moran Ireland Ireland 72 B
J.H. Taylor  England C
T4 George Duncan  Scotland 73 C
James Sherlock  England B
T6 James Hepburn  Scotland 74 C
William Horne  England C
Jack Rowe  England C
Harry Vardon  Jersey C
T10 Harold Beveridge (a)  England 75 B
Horace Fulford  England C
Fred Leach  England C
James Ockenden  England A
Thomas Renouf  Jersey C

Source:[1][2][3]

Second round[edit]

Tuesday, 27 June 1911 (afternoon, section A)
Wednesday, 28 June 1911 (morning, section B; afternoon, section C)

Place Player Country Score Section
1 George Duncan  Scotland 73-71=144 C
T2 Ted Ray  Jersey 76-72=148 A
J.H. Taylor  England 72-76=148 C
Harry Vardon  Jersey 74-74=148 C
T5 Sandy Herd  Scotland 77-73=150 B
Harold Hilton (a)  England 76-74=150 A
William Horne  England 74-76=150 C
Michael Moran Ireland Ireland 72-78=150 B
T9 James Hepburn  Scotland 74-77=151 C
Thomas Renouf  Jersey 75-76=151 C

Source:[2][4]

Third round[edit]

Thursday, 29 June 1911 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 74-74-75=223
T2 Sandy Herd  Scotland 77-73-76=226
J.H. Taylor  England 72-76-78=226
T4 James Braid  Scotland 78-75-74=227
George Duncan  Scotland 73-71-83=227
Arnaud Massy  France 75-78-74=227
Ted Ray  Jersey 76-72-79=227
8 Harold Hilton (a)  England 76-74-78=228
T9 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 75-77-77=229
James Sherlock  England 73-80-76=229

Source:[2][5]

Final round[edit]

Thursday, 29 June 1911 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money (£)
T1 Arnaud Massy  France 75-78-74-76=303 Playoff
Harry Vardon  Jersey 74-74-75-80=303
T3 Sandy Herd  Scotland 77-73-76-78=304 15
Harold Hilton (a)  England 76-74-78-76=304 0
T5 James Braid  Scotland 78-75-74-78=305 8
6s 8d
Ted Ray  Jersey 76-72-79-78=305
J.H. Taylor  England 72-76-78-79=305
8 George Duncan  Scotland 73-71-83-79=306 5
9 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 75-77-77-78=307
T10 James Hepburn  Scotland 74-77-83-75=309 0
Fred Robson  England 78-74-79-78=309

Source:[2][5]

Playoff[edit]

Friday, 30 June 1911

Ten shots behind after 34 holes, Massy was in trouble on the 35th hole and conceded the match. Scores in the table below are after 34 holes.

Place Player Country Score Money (£)
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 74-64=138
34 holes
50
2 Arnaud Massy  France 79-69=148
Conceded
25

Scorecards[edit]

Morning round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Back Total
Jersey Vardon 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 36 5 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 5 38 74
France Massy 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 36 4 5 5 4 6 4 3 7 5 43 79

Afternoon round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Back Total
Jersey Vardon 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 3 5 36 4 4 4 5 4 5 2 28 64
France Massy 5 4 3 5 5 3 5 4 4 38 4 6 4 5 5 4 3 31 69

Source:[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Golf Championship - Alteration of the holes - Players' protest overruled". Glasgow Herald. 28 June 1911. p. 9. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 125. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Golf Championship - First day's play - An Irishman leads". Glasgow Herald. 27 June 1911. pp. 9,10. 
  4. ^ a b c "Golf Championship - George Duncan leading - The players' protest". Glasgow Herald. 29 June 1911. p. 9. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Golf Championship - Exciting final round - Vardon and Massy tie". Glasgow Herald. 30 June 1911. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "Golf – Teams for Coronation match". Glasgow Herald. 24 June 1911. p. 10. 
  7. ^ "Golf at Sandwich – Coronation match – Rout of the amateurs". Glasgow Herald. 26 June 1911. pp. 9,10. 
  8. ^ 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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