• Age
    82
  • Turned Pro
  • Previous Opens
    21
  • Champion golfer of the year
    1923

Arthur Havers

It was thought Arthur Havers’ victory in the 1923 Open, the first to be played at Troon, would stem the growing American success in The Championship which had seen the Claret Jug sail across the Atlantic the last two years.

Qualification

  • He had first qualified for the Open in 1914 at the age of sixteen

    Did you know?

  • 295

    Open winning score

  • Played for Britain in the Ryder Cup in 1927, 1931 and 1933

    Fun fact

It was thought Arthur Havers’ victory in The Open in 1923, the first to be played at Troon, would stem the growing American success which had seen the Claret Jug sail across the Atlantic the last two years.

Yet it would not be until 1934 and Henry Cotton that Britain could celebrate another home winner. Walter Hagen won four times, the great amateur Bobby Jones three times and others to get in on the act were Jock Hutchison, Jim Barnes, Tommy Armour, Gene Sarazen and Denny Shute.

Ironically, there has not been a home winner at Troon since Havers. He was chased all the way by Hagen, who had won the year before and would win again the following year.

At the final hole Havers holed a bunker shot. Moments later, Hagen was in the same bunker and came close to replicating the hole-out but just missed. Havers had won by one stroke from Hagen and by two from Macdonald Smith.

Havers

Born in Norwich in 1898, Havers had neither the appearance nor the swing of an Open champion. An early loss of hair gave him the look of a monk when he removed his voluminous cap to receive the trophy and his swing had neither the grace nor rhythm of many of his contemporaries.

He had a very strong left-hand grip, showing all four knuckles, and kept the hands well ahead of the clubhead as he lunged into the ball.

He had finished fourth in the 1921 Open at St Andrews and was a consistent performer in The Open over the next decade, finishing third to Gene Sarazen at Prince’s in 1932. During his year as Champion Golfer he played a series of challenge matches in the United States, beating Bobby Jones by 2 and 1 and Sarazen by 5 and 4.

Qualification

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Royal St George's 1949
M/C
77
78
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 1947
27
80
76
79
76
311
-
St Andrews 1946
M/C
80
77
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 1938
M/C
78
79
-
-
-
M/C
Carnoustie 1937
17
77
75
76
76
304
-
Royal Liverpool 1936
60
78
78
80
79
315
-
Muirfield 1935
41
79
74
76
76
305
-
St Andrews 1933
14
80
72
71
74
297
-
Princes 1932
3
74
71
68
76
289
-
Carnoustie 1931
10
75
76
72
79
302
-
Muirfield 1929
11
80
74
76
76
306
-
Royal St George's 1928
M/C
81
79
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 1927
7
80
74
73
70
297
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1926
28
75
76
82
78
311
-
Prestwick 1925
20
77
80
80
79
316
-
Royal Liverpool 1924
29
79
77
86
75
317
-
Royal Troon 1923
1
73
73
73
76
295
-
Royal St George's 1922
12
78
80
78
74
310
-
St Andrews 1921
4
76
74
77
72
299
-
Royal Cinque Ports 1920
7
80
78
81
74
313
-
Prestwick 1914
69
83
80
84
90
337
-

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