Ted Ray

Ted Ray was a huge, lumbering man who had a pipe permanently clenched between his teeth and a trilby hat firmly stuck on his head. Neither moved as he swung ferociously at the ball, his swing described as like the “lurching charge of a Cape buffalo”.
  • Known as a fine clubmaker with a focus on driver production

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  • 46

    Professional wins

  • He was adored by fans for his daring play, friendly and genial manner

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Ted Ray was a huge, lumbering man who had a pipe permanently clenched between his teeth and a trilby hat firmly stuck on his head. Neither moved as he swung ferociously at the ball, his swing described as like the “lurching charge of a Cape buffalo”.

Attack was all he knew. Once asked how to gain greater distance, his answer was a simple: “Hit it a bloody sight harder.”

He grew up in the same village, Grouville, on Jersey as Harry Vardon and eventually followed him into the professional life in England, succeeding Vardon as the pro at Ganton. Later he spent many years at Oxhey. In Hertfordshire. He was a high finisher in The Open for years but sneaking a win while the Great Triumvirate were at the top of their game was never easy.

His victory came in 1912 at Muirfield, which had been lengthened to a massive 6,425 yards. Ray became the first Champion to lead outright after every round since The Open had been extended to 72 holes. Rory McIlroy became the seventh to do so in 2014.

Ray led by one from George Duncan after an opening 71, had a 73 to lead by three from Vardon, then a 76 to be five ahead of James Braid and closed with a 75 to win by four from Vardon and eight from Braid. Despite his great weight, he was hoisted high by supporters as he was paraded off in triumph.

The following year he and Vardon lost in a play-off for the US Open to the unknown amateur Francis Ouimet at Brookline but in 1920 Ray joined Vardon as a winner of both transatlantic Opens, beating Vardon among others by one at Inverness. A fast player, he did not approve of deliberating at length. “To think when we ought to play is madness,” he said.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Carnoustie 1937
M/C
87
88
-
-
-
M/C
Princes 1932
56
75
77
80
79
311
-
Carnoustie 1931
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 1930
24
78
75
76
78
307
-
Muirfield 1929
39
80
76
81
79
316
-
Royal St George's 1928
33
77
78
80
79
314
-
St Andrews 1927
30
78
73
77
78
306
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1926
30
78
80
74
80
312
-
Prestwick 1925
2
77
76
75
73
301
-
Royal Liverpool 1924
32
80
80
79
80
319
-
Royal Troon 1923
12
79
75
73
77
304
-
Royal St George's 1922
46
73
83
85
80
321
-
St Andrews 1921
19
76
72
81
78
307
-
Royal Cinque Ports 1920
3
72
83
78
73
306
-
Prestwick 1914
10
77
82
76
81
316
-
Royal Liverpool 1913
2
73
74
81
84
312
-
Muirfield 1912
1
71
73
76
75
295
-
Royal St George's 1911
5
76
72
79
78
305
-
St Andrews 1910
5
76
77
74
81
308
-
Royal Cinque Ports 1909
6
77
76
76
75
304
-
Prestwick 1908
3
79
71
75
76
301
-
Royal Liverpool 1907
5
83
80
79
76
318
-
Muirfield 1906
8
80
75
79
78
312
-
St Andrews 1905
11
85
82
81
82
330
-
Royal St George's 1904
12
81
81
77
76
315
-
Prestwick 1903
24
90
78
80
75
323
-
Royal Liverpool 1902
9
79
74
85
80
318
-
Muirfield 1901
12
87
84
74
87
332
-
St Andrews 1900
13
88
80
85
81
334
-
Royal St George's 1899
16
84
80
84
84
332
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