Park Jr

1889 / Musselburgh Links

Willie Park Jnr won for the second time in three years and brought the family tally of Open victories to seven, one short of the eight achieved by Old and Young Tom Morris.

While four-time Champion Willie Park Snr never won on home soil at Musselburgh Links, his brother Mungo did in 1874 and now Willie’s son did likewise. However, it took a marathon battle with Andrew Kirkaldy which was only decided after a 36-hole play-off.

Kirkaldy went ahead by one with a 38 in the second round but Park caught up with his own 38 in the fourth of the four loops of the nine-hole course. Both men were on 155, the lowest total recorded at Musselburgh Links, with only Young Tom Morris twice having gone lower for 36 holes in The Open on the old 12-hole course at Prestwick.

Park was two strokes behind with three holes to play yet his strong finish almost brought victory but for his putt for a 2 at the last stopping on the lip. Ben Sayers was third, four strokes behind, and amateur John E Laidlay was fourth for the second time in three years.Park took control of the play-off with rounds of 39 and 43, in which he had an 8 at the third, to lead Kirkaldy by three strokes.

A 37 in the third round followed by a 39 gave him a total of 158 and a five-shot victory. It was the second of three Open runner-up finishes for Kirkaldy.This was the last Open held at Musselburgh Links, with the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers moving to Muirfield for the 1892 Open.

The November date had meant the stragglers after three rounds were paid five shillings to withdraw though the late finishers still had to play by street light.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Willie PARK JR
1
78
77
-
-
155
M/C
Andrew KIRKALDY
2
77
78
-
-
155
M/C
Ben SAYERS
3
79
80
-
-
159
M/C
John E. LAIDLAY
4
81
81
-
-
162
M/C
4
82
80
-
-
162
M/C
6
84
80
-
-
164
M/C
Willie BROWN
7
87
78
-
-
165
M/C
Willie CAMPBELL
7
84
81
-
-
165
M/C
Davie GRANT
7
82
83
-
-
165
M/C
William THOMSON
T10
85
81
-
-
166
M/C
10
83
83
-
-
166
M/C
Archie SIMPSON
12
89
78
-
-
167
M/C
A.M. ROSS
13
87
82
-
-
169
M/C
14
86
84
-
-
170
M/C
Douglas MCEWAN
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Bob SIMPSON
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Peter PAXTON
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Robert TAIT
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
C. Ralph SMITH
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Jack FERGUSON
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
George MASON
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
David HERD
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
William GREIG
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
H.S.C. EVERARD
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Ben CAMPBELL
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Bob MEARNS
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
David LEITCH
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Bob PRINGLE
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
William COSGROVE
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
James PAXTON
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Jamie ALLAN
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Alexander ROBERTSON
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas BROWN
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
James DENHAM
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
W. FLEMING
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew ANNAND
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas MCWATT
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew LAWSON
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
George GOODALL
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
David DUNCAN
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Archibald DICKSON
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
David NESS
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Robert DRUMMOND
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Richard COLLINS
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Frank PARK
15
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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