Martin

1885 / St Andrews

Bob Martin became the first player to win two Opens at St Andrews, a feat that has been matched since by only by some of the game’s greatest players in JH Taylor, James Braid, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

Martin was a St Andrews caddie who worked with Old Tom Morris in his clubmaking business. His victory in 1876 was controversial because he was given a walk-over in the play-off when Davie Strath refused to participate.

Strath was under the threat of disqualification for an incident during regulation play and objected when the Championship Committee postponed a decision until after the play-off.

Nine years later and Martin’s victory was not tainted in any way, even if he finished with a narrow advantage of only one stroke over Archie Simpson, brother of the defending Champion Jack. Archie Simpson led after a first round of 83, to Martin’s 84, but in ever-strengthening winds, Martin recorded an 87 in the afternoon to Simpson’s 89.

Having played his usual steady and careful game, the Champion was loudly applauded down the 18th fairway as he secured the 5 he needed to win outright. Martin’s total of 171 was five strokes better than his tally in 1876 but two strokes outside that of 1879 winner on the Old Course, Jamie Anderson.

Neither of the last two St Andrews Champions, Anderson and Bob Ferguson, competed.

David Ayton finished in third place, one stroke behind, but was left ruing an 11 at the 17th when he twice had to play from the road behind the green.

The 1883 winner Willie Fernie, future Champion Willie Park Jnr and Archie’s brother Bob all finished a further stroke back.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Bob MARTIN
1
84
87
-
-
171
M/C
Archie SIMPSON
2
83
89
-
-
172
M/C
David AYTON
3
89
84
-
-
173
M/C
Bob SIMPSON
4
85
89
-
-
174
M/C
4
89
85
-
-
174
M/C
4
86
88
-
-
174
M/C
7
88
87
-
-
175
M/C
Peter PAXTON
8
85
91
-
-
176
M/C
J.O.F. MORRIS
9
91
86
-
-
177
M/C
Willie CAMPBELL
9
86
91
-
-
177
M/C
Jack KIRKALDY
11
94
84
-
-
178
M/C
Horace HUTCHINSON
11
87
91
-
-
178
M/C
John E. LAIDLAY
13
87
92
-
-
179
M/C
13
87
92
-
-
179
M/C
Ben SAYERS
15
94
86
-
-
180
M/C
Leslie BALFOUR MELVILLE
16
90
91
-
-
181
M/C
William GREIG
16
89
92
-
-
181
M/C
George FERNIE
18
87
95
-
-
182
M/C
H.S.C. EVERARD
18
90
92
-
-
182
M/C
James RENNIE
18
90
92
-
-
182
M/C
David ANDERSON SR
21
96
87
-
-
183
M/C
Ben CAMPBELL
22
88
96
-
-
184
M/C
W. BROWN
T23
91
95
-
-
186
M/C
W. ANDERSON
24
90
97
-
-
187
M/C
Samuel Mure FERGUSSON
24
96
91
-
-
187
M/C
W.H. GOFF
26
97
91
-
-
188
M/C
T.S. HENDRY
27
94
95
-
-
189
M/C
Robert KINSMAN
27
96
93
-
-
189
M/C
Jamie ALLAN
29
93
97
-
-
190
M/C
29
96
94
-
-
190
M/C
William COSGROVE
29
88
102
-
-
190
M/C
Bruce GOFF
29
96
94
-
-
190
M/C
T. GOURLAY
33
96
95
-
-
191
M/C
David AUCHTERLONIE
34
93
99
-
-
192
M/C
Willie DUNN JR
34
95
97
-
-
192
M/C
Jack MORRIS
36
98
95
-
-
193
M/C
37
101
93
-
-
194
M/C
D. GRANT
38
98
97
-
-
195
M/C
38
103
92
-
-
195
M/C
George MASON
38
94
101
-
-
195
M/C
James KIRK
38
99
96
-
-
195
M/C
David CORSTORPHINE
38
97
98
-
-
195
M/C
David ANDERSON JR
43
100
97
-
-
197
M/C
D. MCEWAN
44
97
101
-
-
198
M/C
David BALDIE
44
97
101
-
-
198
M/C
James KINSMAN
46
100
99
-
-
199
M/C
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
A.H. MOLESWORTH
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
C. CONACHER
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Joseph AUCHTERLONIE
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Willie BURN
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
L. ROSS
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. FERNIE
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Robert BOOTHBY
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. HUNTER
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Frank PARK
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
George SAYERS
47
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
David SIMPSON
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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