7th Open - Prestwick 1866
Willie Park wins his third Open title
Willie Park Snr won his third Open at Prestwick in 1866 to get level with Old Tom Morris’s victory tally. As in the inaugural Open in 1860, Park led after every round. On a blustery day with the wind from the southwest, Park was out in the first pairing of the day and he scored a 54 on the 12-hole course. This put him four ahead of his brother David and Bob Andrew. Morris opened with a 61, as did defending Champion Andrew Strath.
Willie Park again had the best score of the second round with a 56 to extend his lead. Although he was not quite at his best in the last round, a 59 gave him a total of 169 that no on could match.
David Park came closest with a strong finish, rounds of 58, 57 and 56 leaving him two strokes adrift. The only other time two brothers have finished in the top-two spots at The Open was in 1903 when Tom Vardon was runner-up to Harry, while Andrew Kirkaldy was a joint runner-up behind Hugh Kirkaldy in 1891.
Bob Andrew was five strokes further adrift of the younger Park in third place, while Morris was fourth and Strath sixth. Young Tommy Morris, in his second Open, finished ninth after rounds of 63, 60 and 64.
|1||Willie PARK SR||SCO||54||56||59||169|
|4||Tom MORRIS SR||SCO||61||58||59||178|
|7||William DOLEMAN (A)||GBR||60||60||63||183|
|9||Tom MORRIS JR||SCO||63||60||64||187|
|10||Willie DUNN SR||GBR||64||63||62||189|