David Brown

David Brown, who was born in the year of the first Open, 1860, was a slater and plasterer by trade who only played in tournaments when they came to his home town of Musselburgh, or when trade was poor.
  • Lost playoff against Willie Anderson at 1903 US Open

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  • 12

    Top 10s at Majors

  • Brown was hired by Hayling in early 1885 as greenkeeper

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David Brown, who was born in the year of the first Open, 1860, was a slater and plasterer by trade who only played in golf tournaments when they came to his home town of Musselburgh, or when trade was poor.

He had only played in two Musselburgh Opens when he won at the same venue in 1886. His steady play was decisive and he finished off each of his last two rounds of the nine-hole course in style, playing the last three holes in eight strokes in the third round and nine strokes in the last round.

He won by two strokes from another Musselburgh man, Willie Campbell, who would later become the professional at Prestwick.

Brown was persuaded to travel across the country to Prestwick to defend his title and finished ninth, while he was fourth on his next appearance at Musselburgh in 1889. He was often among the leading finishers in the 1890s but later went to America where he was seventh in the 1901 US Open.

Two years later at Baltusrol, he made up six shots in the final round to tie Willie Anderson but lost in a play-off. He was described as a “very painstaking player, brimful of confidence, a long, powerful driver, and an extremely dextrous wielder of Park’s patent lofter”.

He enjoyed playing the stock market but lost much of his wealth in the Wall Street Crash and returned home to Musselburgh, where he died in 1930.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Royal St George's 1899
M/C
93
83
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 1897
7
79
82
80
83
324
-
Muirfield 1896
7
80
77
81
86
324
-
St Andrews 1895
6
81
89
83
84
337
-
Royal St George's 1894
13
93
83
81
87
344
-
Muirfield 1892
24
77
82
84
85
328
-
St Andrews 1891
7
88
86
-
-
174
M/C
Prestwick 1890
10
85
90
-
-
175
M/C
Musselburgh 1889
4
82
80
-
-
162
M/C
Prestwick 1887
9
82
92
-
-
174
M/C
Musselburgh 1886
1
79
78
-
-
157
M/C
Musselburgh 1883
24
88
91
-
-
179
M/C
Musselburgh 1880
4
86
83
-
-
169
M/C

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