1893

1893 / Prestwick

Willie Auchterlonie won the 1893 Open at Prestwick in awful conditions.

On the first day, “it rained in the most pitiless fashion from morn to eve,” said The Field, and Old Tom Morris, playing in his 31st Open, said they were the worst conditions he had ever experienced.

Auchterlonie survived it all to win by two strokes from the amateur John Laidlay with a total of 322 in the first Open over 72 holes at Prestwick.

In a sign of the upgrading of the Championship, Auchterlonie’s first prize was £30, greater than the entire purse just two years earlier.Auchterlonie struggled with the first hole through. After a 5 in the first round, he went onto the railway line in the second round and took an 8.

In the last two rounds he started with 6s. However, the poor starts only seemed to make him settle down and play steady golf.

The played the last five holes particularly well every round, compiling four 4s and a 3 in his third round.JH Taylor, a young English professional on his debut, led after the first round with a 75 but faded after an 89 in the second round.

Auchterlonie was three behind after 18 holes but, despite his poor start after lunch, went into the lead with an 81 in the afternoon.

The 21-year-old from St Andrews, where he would set up a famous golf shop that still exists today, had another 81 in the third round and closed with an 82.

Sandy Herd, who was only one behind after 54 holes, came home in 44 for an 84 and fell to third place, while Laidlay, despite a 7 at the third which effectively halted his hopes of winning, come home in 40 for an 81 for his best result in The Open.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Willie AUCHTERLONIE
1
78
81
81
82
322
-
John E. LAIDLAY
2
80
83
80
81
324
-
3
82
81
78
84
325
-
4
83
79
82
82
326
-
Andrew KIRKALDY
4
85
82
82
77
326
-
James KAY
6
81
81
80
85
327
-
Bob SIMPSON
6
81
81
80
85
327
-
8
88
81
82
81
332
-
8
83
79
84
86
332
-
10
81
86
80
86
333
-
10
75
89
86
83
333
-
Ben SAYERS
12
87
88
84
76
335
-
Charles HUTCHINGS
13
81
92
80
84
337
-
Archie SIMPSON
14
84
86
84
85
339
-
Samuel Mure FERGUSSON
15
83
85
85
87
340
-
John HUNTER
15
87
85
83
85
340
-
Joe LLOYD
17
85
91
84
81
341
-
David GRANT
17
86
86
85
84
341
-
Peter ANDERSON
19
93
84
83
82
342
-
L.S. ANDERSON
19
89
83
86
84
342
-
19
82
89
86
85
342
-
David ANDERSON JR
22
86
93
83
81
343
-
Bob MEARNS
23
86
84
86
88
344
-
23
86
92
85
81
344
-
23
84
90
81
89
344
-
John ALLAN
23
81
88
83
92
344
-
T. CARMICHAEL
23
90
87
82
85
344
-
F.A. FAIRLIE
28
82
90
88
85
345
-
W. MCEWAN
28
88
84
90
83
345
-
Tom VARDON
28
85
86
82
92
345
-
Allan DUNCAN
31
87
85
90
85
347
-
David MCEWAN
32
88
89
88
83
348
-
R.B. WILSON
33
81
92
93
83
349
-
34
86
91
86
87
350
-
Robert T. BOOTHBY
34
85
93
84
88
350
-
Andrew LAWSON
36
89
89
85
89
352
-
Charles WHIGHAM
36
87
90
94
81
352
-
Willie AVESTON
38
85
88
89
91
353
-
G.M. RENNIE
38
86
88
90
89
353
-
E.D. PROTHERO
40
91
90
87
86
354
-
David HERD
40
87
96
84
87
354
-
Douglas MCEWAN
42
88
91
88
89
356
-
W. YOUNG
43
87
84
93
94
358
-
Peter MCEWAN
44
93
92
88
86
359
-
Garden SMITH
44
88
94
91
86
359
-
A.H. SCOTT
46
88
89
88
95
360
-
John ANDREW
47
89
96
86
90
361
-
David ANDERSON
48
89
88
92
99
368
-
H.J. WHIGHAM
49
91
97
87
94
369
-
Tom CHISHOLM
50
87
103
89
91
370
-
J. DOUGLAS
51
96
92
95
95
378
-
52
96
94
100
93
383
-
Willie CAMPBELL
WD
86
95
83
-
-
-
Walter ANDERSON
WD
83
93
93
-
-
-
A.M. ROSS
Wd
89
81
93
-
-
-
W. DUNCAN
WD
95
88
93
-
-
-
T.T. GRAY
WD
94
91
93
-
-
-
Rowland JONES
M/C
85
87
-
-
-
M/C
W.D. MORE
M/C
85
92
-
-
-
M/C
A. LUMSDEN
M/C
89
90
-
-
-
M/C
George SAYERS
M/C
92
91
-
-
-
M/C
John TAYLOR
M/C
95
91
-
-
-
M/C
W. STILL
M/C
95
96
-
-
-
M/C
Ben CAMPBELL
M/C
89
106
-
-
-
M/C
D. CLARK
Wd
90
-
-
-
-
M/C
William LEWIS
Wd
99
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. SCOTT
Wd
93
-
-
-
-
M/C
A. SCOTT
Wd
93
-
-
-
-
M/C
John BALL SR
Wd
102
-
-
-
-
M/C
F.B. MADDISON
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
W.J. TAYLOR
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Walter KIRK
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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