71st Open - Royal Liverpool 1936
Padgham rallies to win at Hoylake
Alf Padgham overcame the longest course yet used for The Open, with Hoylake extended to 7,078 yards, and the usual mix of weather arriving in the Dee Estuary from the Irish Sea – it even snowed during practice despite the June date – to win the 1936 Open. Though the Sundridge professional was a long hitter with a effortless swing, it was his putting that brought him victory as he birdied the last from 12 feet to beat Jimmy Adams by one stroke.
After rounds of 73 and 72 Padgham was one behind Adams and Bill Cox, while a 71 in the third round kept him one adrift of Adams and Henry Cotton, the 1934 Champion.
Padgham, who had been third and second in the last two Opens, was playing four groups ahead of Adams on the final day. In the fourth round that afternoon, Padgham went out in 37 and Adams followed him with 38, which meant that they were now level. Padgham finished strongly with a 4 at the 17th and a 3 at the 18th thanks to his brave putt. He finished on a total of 287.
Adams, originally from Troon, stood at the 17th tee knowing that he now needed to play the last two holes in eight strokes to tie with Padgham. His approach shot found a bunker to the left of the 17th green and after chipping out beautifully, he then missed his putt. Now he had to play the 18th in three strokes to tie and was on the green in two, about 12 yards from the hole. Adams struck his putt firmly and it raced to the hole, circled tantalisingly around the rim and then popped back out.
Adams closed with a 73 while Cotton, 74, shared third place with France’s Marcel Dallemagne, while Gene Sarazen was among those sharing fifth place.
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