Anderson

1879 / St Andrews

Jamie Anderson won for a third consecutive year at St Andrews in 1879.

Young Tommy Morris had won four Opens in a row but no one has since done better than a hat-trick of titles, with Anderson’s followed immediately by three-in-a-row by Bob Ferguson and then only Peter Thomson in 1954-56.

The St Andrews man's steady play again left the rest in his wake, though he never took his time about it, seizing up a club has he walked to his ball and then quickly taking his stance, giving the flag one glance and then swinging.

His was an ideal temperament for tournament play.

There was nothing of the dramatics from his victory the previous year at Prestwick, where he holed in one at the penultimate hole, but an opening 84 put him two ahead of the field.

An 85 in the afternoon sealed a three-stroke victory over another local man, Andrew Kirkaldy, and Jamie Allan, of Westward Ho!

Anderson’s total of 169 was seven strokes better than the 176 on which Bob Martin and Davie Strath tied three years earlier. George Paxton was fourth and Tom Kidd, Champion in the inaugural St Andrews Open in 1873, was fifth.

Anderson did not play in The Open the following year, so did not have the chance to match Young Tom’s four-in-a-row, but was second to Ferguson in 1881 and was third the following year. Kirkaldy was a runner-up in The Open twice more, and was third on three occasions, but never claimed the Claret Jug.

 

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Jamie ANDERSON
1
84
85
-
-
169
M/C
Andrew KIRKALDY
2
86
86
-
-
172
M/C
Jamie ALLAN
2
88
84
-
-
172
M/C
George PAXTON
4
89
85
-
-
174
M/C
5
87
88
-
-
175
M/C
6
89
87
-
-
176
M/C
J.O.F. MORRIS
7
92
87
-
-
179
M/C
Jack KIRKALDY
8
92
89
-
-
181
M/C
James RENNIE
8
93
88
-
-
181
M/C
8
92
89
-
-
181
M/C
David AYTON
11
95
89
-
-
184
M/C
Henry LAMB
11
91
93
-
-
184
M/C
Tom ARUNDEL
11
95
89
-
-
184
M/C
14
92
93
-
-
185
M/C
William DOLEMAN
14
91
94
-
-
185
M/C
Robert KINSMAN
14
88
97
-
-
185
M/C
17
93
93
-
-
186
M/C
Ben SAYERS
18
92
95
-
-
187
M/C
David ANDERSON SR
19
94
94
-
-
188
M/C
David CORSTORPHINE
20
93
96
-
-
189
M/C
Tom DUNN
20
90
99
-
-
189
M/C
Peter PAXTON
20
99
90
-
-
189
M/C
[A] SMITH
20
94
95
-
-
189
M/C
D. GRANT
20
95
94
-
-
189
M/C
Bob DOW
20
95
94
-
-
189
M/C
Walter GOURLAY
20
92
97
-
-
189
M/C
A.W. SMITH
27
91
99
-
-
190
M/C
Douglas Argyll ROBERTSON
27
97
93
-
-
190
M/C
Robert ARMIT
29
95
96
-
-
191
M/C
George STRATH
29
97
94
-
-
191
M/C
J.H. BLACKWELL
31
96
96
-
-
192
M/C
Tom MANZIE
32
96
97
-
-
193
M/C
George LOWE
33
94
100
-
-
194
M/C
G. HONEYMAN
33
97
97
-
-
194
M/C
James FENTON
35
99
97
-
-
196
M/C
Robert TAIT
35
99
97
-
-
196
M/C
Bob KIRK
37
99
98
-
-
197
M/C
Rev. D. LUNDIE
37
98
99
-
-
197
M/C
Fitz BOOTHBY
39
96
102
-
-
198
M/C
J. Thomson WHITE
40
102
99
-
-
201
M/C
James KIRK
41
105
97
-
-
202
M/C
W.H. GOFF
42
105
99
-
-
204
M/C
[a] STEWART
43
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Henry WILSON
43
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. CAMERON
43
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
William GREIG
43
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Tom KIRK
43
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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