Brown

1886 / Musselburgh Links

David Brown was a little known Musselburgh golfer who was a slater by trade and had only played in The Open twice before, both when it was played in his home town.

He was fourth in 1880 and 24th in 1883 so was not one of the favourites, who included Willie Fernie, the last winner at Musselburgh Links, but not Bob Martin, who was not defending his title after his victory at St Andrews the previous year.

Yet Brown’s steady play brought him a two-stroke victory over Willie Campbell, also of Musselburgh. Campbell started well and was on 78 after two loops of the nine-hole course, level with John Lambert, with Brown just one behind after scores of 38 and 41.

In the third round Brown was in fine form, scoring a 37 with a 2 and two 3s over the last three holes. He added a 41 in the last round, overcoming three 6s in the first five holes with three 3s to finish, and with 78 for the final 18 holes posted a total of 157.

Campbell found a number of bunkers and was distracted by the large gallery as he scored a 42 in the last round and returned 81 for the last 18 holes. A year later, having moved to be the professional at Prestwick, Campbell would suffer a bunker disaster that would deny him another chance at the title.

Ben Campbell was third and Willie Park Jnr was fourth for the third year running, though he would win twice in the next three years.

Fernie finished in eighth place. Brown was ninth when defending his title at Prestwick and then fourth at Musselburgh Links in 1889. Later he went to America and lost the 1903 US Open in a play-off to Willie Anderson.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
David BROWN
1
79
78
-
-
157
M/C
Willie CAMPBELL
2
78
81
-
-
159
M/C
Ben CAMPBELL
3
79
81
-
-
160
M/C
4
84
77
-
-
161
M/C
4
82
79
-
-
161
M/C
Archie SIMPSON
4
82
79
-
-
161
M/C
Thomas GROSSERT
T4
80
81
-
-
161
M/C
John E. LAIDLAY
8
80
82
-
-
162
M/C
8
79
83
-
-
162
M/C
David GRANT
8
86
76
-
-
162
M/C
J.O.F. MORRIS
11
81
82
-
-
163
M/C
John LAMBERT
12
78
86
-
-
164
M/C
12
83
81
-
-
164
M/C
Thomas MCWATT
12
81
83
-
-
164
M/C
Bob SIMPSON
15
84
81
-
-
165
M/C
Bob PRINGLE
16
80
86
-
-
166
M/C
Ben SAYERS
16
84
82
-
-
166
M/C
Tom DUNN
16
83
83
-
-
166
M/C
Horace HUTCHINSON
16
81
85
-
-
166
M/C
William COSGROVE
20
84
83
-
-
167
M/C
Robert TAIT
20
84
83
-
-
167
M/C
Peter FERNIE
22
85
83
-
-
168
M/C
Peter PAXTON
23
87
82
-
-
169
M/C
Jack FERGUSON
24
83
87
-
-
170
M/C
George STRATH
24
86
84
-
-
170
M/C
David SIMPSON
26
84
88
-
-
172
M/C
Willie DUNN JR
27
85
88
-
-
173
M/C
27
88
85
-
-
173
M/C
Charlie CRAWFORD
29
85
89
-
-
174
M/C
James KEDDIE
29
84
90
-
-
174
M/C
H.S.C. EVERARD
31
86
89
-
-
175
M/C
James DENHAM
31
86
89
-
-
175
M/C
Jamie ALLAN
33
86
90
-
-
176
M/C
33
86
90
-
-
176
M/C
Albert PARK
35
88
91
-
-
179
M/C
George MILLAR
36
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
William THOMSON
T36
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas BROWN
36
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
George DRUMMOND
36
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
J.C. BALDWIN
36
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
36
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
David LEITCH
36
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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