Hilton

1892 / Muirfield

Harold Hilton, the second amateur from Hoylake to claim the Claret Jug in three years, won the first Open staged at Muirfield and the first contested over 72 holes.

The suggestion to extend the Championship, previously played over 36 holes in one day, appears to have arisen among a flurry of articles and letters appearing in Golf magazine following the 1891 Open.

The two-day affair was held at the new home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, 20 miles east of Musselburgh, where they had previously staged six Opens on the nine-hole public course.

Only opened nine months earlier, the layout did not do justice to the setting overlooking the Firth of Forth and would be much improved upon through its early years.Hilton, finding it difficult to persuade his father to grant leave from the family business, only made a late decision to play, travelling up by train from the Wirral the day before.

He started shakily with scores of 78 and 81, most of the damage done with an outward 45 after lunch, and was seven behind the halfway leader, another amateur Horace Hutchinson. While Hutchinson faded with 86 and 80 on the second day, yet another amateur, Hilton’s fellow club member John Ball, took the lead after a 74.

But Hilton had played the best round on the second morning with a 72 and was now only two behind.

Ball, the Champion two years earlier at Prestwick, faded with a closing 79, sharing second place with Hugh Kirkaldy, the defending Champion, and Sandy Herd, who would be a runner-up four times over 28 years as well as the winner in 1902.

Hilton closed with a round of 74 and could afford a 6 at the final hole and still win by three strokes on a total of 305. He would win again five years later.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Harold HILTON
1
78
81
72
74
305
-
2
77
83
73
75
308
-
2
75
80
74
79
308
-
2
77
78
77
76
308
-
Ben SAYERS
5
80
76
81
75
312
-
James KAY
5
82
78
74
78
312
-
7
78
77
80
80
315
-
8
79
83
76
78
316
-
Archie SIMPSON
9
81
81
76
79
317
-
Horace HUTCHINSON
10
74
78
86
80
318
-
11
82
78
78
81
319
-
Tom VARDON
12
83
75
80
82
320
-
Andrew KIRKALDY
13
84
82
80
75
321
-
Edward BLACKWELL
13
81
82
82
76
321
-
Samuel Mure FERGUSSON
15
78
82
80
82
322
-
David ANDERSON JR
16
76
82
79
87
324
-
Robert T. BOOTHBY
16
81
81
80
82
324
-
Ben CAMPBELL
16
86
83
79
76
324
-
W. MCEWAN
19
79
83
84
79
325
-
F.A. FAIRLIE
19
83
87
79
76
325
-
W.D. MORE
21
87
75
80
84
326
-
Freddie TAIT
21
81
83
84
78
326
-
Garden SMITH
21
84
82
79
81
326
-
24
77
82
84
85
328
-
G. DOUGLAS
25
81
83
86
79
329
-
Douglas MCEWAN
25
84
84
82
79
329
-
Ernly BLACKWELL
27
79
81
84
86
330
-
Leslie BALFOUR MELVILLE
28
83
87
80
81
331
-
28
84
78
82
87
331
-
Charlie CRAWFORD
30
79
85
85
84
333
-
David GRANT
31
85
82
84
83
334
-
Albert TINGEY
31
84
83
81
86
334
-
Willie CAMPBELL
33
87
84
84
80
335
-
David LEITCH
34
85
88
79
84
336
-
Walter KIRK
35
87
82
84
84
337
-
J.M. WILLIAMSON
35
88
82
82
85
337
-
Jack FERGUSON
37
86
86
83
83
338
-
L.S. ANDERSON
38
93
85
81
81
340
-
Alexander STUART
38
87
84
84
85
340
-
J. MARTIN
40
93
80
85
86
344
-
J. MCCULLOCH
40
85
84
90
85
344
-
Joseph DALGLEISH
42
88
88
81
88
345
-
John LOW
43
84
93
83
86
346
-
David ANDERSON
44
92
88
80
87
347
-
E.M. FITZJOHN
45
88
94
84
84
350
-
D. CLARK
46
91
93
88
87
359
-
George SAYERS
46
89
94
87
89
359
-
A.H. MOLESWORTH
48
91
89
87
93
360
-
Tom CHISHOLM
49
90
93
90
90
363
-
50
91
90
91
92
364
-
Ernest LEHMANN
51
100
86
91
90
367
-
Fred FITZJOHN
52
105
95
83
89
372
-
Lindsay ROSS
M/C
87
95
-
-
-
M/C
R.H. JOHNSTON
M/C
88
95
-
-
-
M/C
R.H. BLAIKIE
M/C
90
88
-
-
-
M/C
A.M. ROSS
M/C
86
88
-
-
-
M/C
Robert MUNRO
Wd
96
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. TOLMIE
Wd
90
-
-
-
-
M/C
A. ANDERSON
Wd
94
-
-
-
-
M/C
William LEWIS
Wd
95
-
-
-
-
M/C

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