Sarazen sets new scoring record at Prince’s
The Open Championship was played for the first and only time at Prince’s, Sandwich in 1932. The American, Gene Sarazen, took the first round lead and never relinquished it. He opened with a 70. Macdonald Smith, Percy Alliss, Charles Whitcombe and William Davis were all a stroke behind. Sarazen followed this with a round of 69 to open up a three shot lead over Alliss, with Whitcombe, Davis and Archie Compston all a further two strokes behind.
After a third round of 70, Sarazen held a four shot lead over Arthur Havers, who had vaulted over the rest of the field with a course record 68. Whitcombe and Arthur Lacey were a further three strokes behind the leader. Sarazen started his final round just after 1pm and a score of 74 saw him post a record total of 283. Havers, who teed off just over two hours later than Sarazen, would need a 69 to win and a 70 to tie.
The magic of the morning had disappeared and Havers reached the turn in 37, leaving himself far too much to do. In the end, he could only manage a 76 to finish on 289. Macdonald Smith finished strongly with scores of 71 and 70 to be the runner-up with a total of 288.