31st Open - St Andrews 1891
Hugh Kirkaldy beats big brother Andrew
Andrew Kirkaldy came close to winning The Open on many occasions, but never did. One of those to pip him was his own brother, Hugh, five years the younger, at St Andrews in 1891. On a day of cold winds and driving rain, Hugh led after a first round of 83 and he posted the same number again in the afternoon to beat Andrew Kirkaldy and the 1883 Champion Willie Fernie by two strokes. In the second round only amateur John Ball matched the winner’s 83, but the defending Champion had scuppered his chances of retaining the title with an opening 94. Samuel Lure Fergusson was the leading amateur in fourth place while Ball finished tied for 12th.
Hugh Kirkaldy once played the outward half of the Old Course in 33 but in the second round his 38 was followed by nine successive 5s on the way home. It was, however, the first round in The Open at St Andrews not to contain a 6. His total of 166 was a record by three shots for Opens at St Andrews, but this was the last Open to be contested over 36 holes. The following year at Muirfield The Open was extended to 72 holes played over four rounds with Hugh finishing as a runner-up to Harold Hilton.
While Hugh Kirkaldy was to die before the end of the decade, brother Andrew had a long and successful career without ever capturing the Claret Jug. This was the third time he was a runner-up, also finishing second in 1879 and losing a play-off to Willie Park Jnr in 1889. He was also third on three occasions and later became the honorary professional to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
|4||Samuel Mure FERGUSSON (A)||GBR||86||84||170|
|6||Willie PARK JR||SCO||88||85||173|
|8||Harold HILTON (A)||ENG||89||86||175|