Bob

1882 / St Andrews

Just as Jamie Anderson had done three years earlier, Bob Ferguson completed a hat-trick of victories at St Andrews in 1882.

Young Tommy Morris had won four Opens in a row but the only player to claim three-in-a row since Ferguson remains Peter Thomson in 1954-56. As the previous year when he secured his second title, Ferguson won by three strokes.

His form had been patchy just prior to The Open but the double defending Champion produced his best form when it mattered. He went out in 40 and posted an 83 which was three strokes better than anyone else managed on either round. Jack Kirkaldy and Fitz Boothby, an amateur, were his nearest challengers with Anderson a stroke further back.

Ferguson’s form around the Loop at the far end of the Old Course was particularly fine. His only 5 came at the 12th in the second round. Though finishing with two 6s, an 88 gave him a total of 171, while Willie Fernie closed with an 86, the best score of the afternoon, for finish second, three strokes behind.

Anderson finished a further stroke behind alongside Kirkaldy, Boothby and Bob Martin, who won the 1876 Open at St Andrews and would win again when it returned to the Old Course in 1885.

Unlike Anderson who did not play in 1880, Ferguson came close to winning a fourth successive title and matching Young Tommy Morris a year later at Musselburgh but lost a play-off to Fernie.

Shortly afterwards Ferguson an attack of typhoid prevented him from playing regularly again.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Bob FERGUSON
1
83
88
-
-
171
M/C
2
88
86
-
-
174
M/C
3
89
86
-
-
175
M/C
3
87
88
-
-
175
M/C
Fitz BOOTHBY
3
86
89
-
-
175
M/C
Jack KIRKALDY
3
86
89
-
-
175
M/C
James MANSFIELD
7
91
87
-
-
178
M/C
7
89
89
-
-
178
M/C
David AYTON
7
90
88
-
-
178
M/C
James RENNIE
7
90
88
-
-
178
M/C
11
87
93
-
-
180
M/C
Henry LAMB
11
88
92
-
-
180
M/C
George LOWE
13
95
86
-
-
181
M/C
Douglas ROLLAND
13
88
93
-
-
181
M/C
Andrew ALEXANDER
13
93
88
-
-
181
M/C
W. HONEYMAN
16
93
89
-
-
182
M/C
W. THOMSON
T16
95
87
-
-
182
M/C
Ben SAYERS
18
92
91
-
-
183
M/C
18
90
93
-
-
183
M/C
Tom DUNN
18
93
90
-
-
183
M/C
Peter FERNIE
21
94
90
-
-
184
M/C
David ANDERSON SR
21
91
93
-
-
184
M/C
Bob PRINGLE
23
92
97
-
-
189
M/C
23
97
92
-
-
189
M/C
David SIMPSON
23
98
91
-
-
189
M/C
George FORRESTER
23
94
95
-
-
189
M/C
Tom ARUNDEL
27
97
93
-
-
190
M/C
James KIRK
28
101
90
-
-
191
M/C
Robert KINSMAN
29
99
93
-
-
192
M/C
James HUNTER
29
92
100
-
-
192
M/C
Bob KIRK
31
103
90
-
-
193
M/C
H.S.C. EVERARD
32
99
95
-
-
194
M/C
Robert ARMIT
33
97
98
-
-
195
M/C
James FENTON
34
98
99
-
-
197
M/C
Willie DUNN JR
34
98
99
-
-
197
M/C
W. KIRK
36
103
96
-
-
199
M/C
John REID
37
98
103
-
-
201
M/C
John DUNN
38
103
101
-
-
204
M/C
James Logan WHITE
39
100
115
-
-
215
M/C
Archie SIMPSON
40
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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