Herd

1902 / Royal Liverpool

Sandy Herd was never quite as famous as any of the Great Triumvirate but he had a remarkably long career in which he finished runner-up in The Open four times over a 28-year period.

But he did win the Claret Jug once, at Hoylake in 1902. He was helped by using the new Haskell ball, a with a wound rubber core, as opposed to the old gutty that everyone else was still using.

It was only in a practice round with his friend John Ball, the Hoylake amateur who had adopted the Haskell, that Herd tried it for the first time. After his victory, everyone started using it.Harry Vardon led by four strokes after an opening 72, remarkably starting with a 6 at the first when he put his first two shots out of bounds (it was not the same stroke and distance penalty it is now).

Herd opened with rounds of 77 and 76 and was Vardon’s nearest challenger at halfway, four behind. But in the third round the Scot came home in 35 and his 73, combined with Vardon’s 80, put Herd three ahead of Vardon and eight ahead of James Braid.

Herd was out early in the last round but he often had the habit of following a low round with a high one and now closed with an 81 to set the target at 307.

Vardon needed to hole from five feet for a 4 at the last to tie but the ball stopped on the edge of the hole.

He was one back after a 79. Braid had a superb inward run, playing the last five holes in 4s to be home in 34 but his 74 was one too many.

Just like five years earlier at Hoylake, he had a putt on the final green to tie but missed.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Sandy HERD
1
77
76
73
81
307
-
2
78
76
80
74
308
-
2
72
77
80
79
308
-
Robert MAXWELL
4
79
77
79
74
309
-
Tom VARDON
5
80
76
78
79
313
-
James KINNELL
6
78
80
79
77
314
-
6
81
76
77
80
314
-
6
79
76
81
78
314
-
9
79
74
85
80
318
-
10
77
81
78
84
320
-
Andrew KIRKALDY
10
77
78
83
82
320
-
12
76
82
84
79
321
-
Rowland JONES
12
79
78
85
79
321
-
S.H. FRY
14
78
79
80
85
322
-
15
79
79
84
81
323
-
Jack ROWE
15
79
78
85
81
323
-
J. SHERLOCK
17
79
84
80
81
324
-
18
82
75
82
86
325
-
Ben SAYERS
19
84
80
80
82
326
-
Walter TOOGOOD
20
83
83
80
81
327
-
Thomas RENOUF
20
84
82
77
84
327
-
George PULFORD
22
81
81
85
81
328
-
F. JACKSON
23
80
81
83
85
329
-
23
79
82
82
86
329
-
W. MCEWAN
25
83
84
81
82
330
-
Tom YEOMAN
25
85
83
79
83
330
-
C. Ralph SMITH
27
85
79
85
82
331
-
David HERD
28
82
81
84
85
332
-
Peter RAINFORD
28
78
79
88
87
332
-
Tom WILLIAMSON
30
78
80
90
85
333
-
Archie SIMPSON
30
88
79
85
81
333
-
G.A. CASSIDY
32
80
82
87
85
334
-
T.M. HUNTER
32
84
80
84
86
334
-
F. COLLINS
32
83
84
84
83
334
-
A.H. SCOTT
35
84
84
82
85
335
-
Peter MCEWAN
36
84
84
82
86
336
-
H. HOLDEN
37
82
82
87
87
338
-
38
83
84
86
86
339
-
W.C. GAUDIN
38
81
84
89
85
339
-
William LEAVER
38
85
82
82
90
339
-
William LEWIS
41
83
84
89
87
343
-
N.F. HUNTER
Wd
82
81
-
-
-
M/C
John GRAHAM JR
Wd
82
81
-
-
-
M/C
F.M. MACKENZIE
Wd
80
81
-
-
-
M/C
Harry HAMILL
Wd
77
83
-
-
-
M/C
Douglas MCEWAN
M/C
83
86
-
-
-
M/C
J. HEPBURN
M/C
87
82
-
-
-
M/C
George CAWKWELL
M/C
82
87
-
-
-
M/C
Alfred VARDON
M/C
85
85
-
-
-
M/C
Robert MUNRO
M/C
83
87
-
-
-
M/C
Hugh MCNEILL
M/C
84
86
-
-
-
M/C
A.J. LEWIS
M/C
83
87
-
-
-
M/C
A.C. BLAIN
M/C
83
87
-
-
-
M/C
H.F. KERR
M/C
88
83
-
-
-
M/C
Charles ROBERTS
M/C
87
84
-
-
-
M/C
P.J. GAUDIN
M/C
90
81
-
-
-
M/C
J.W. TAYLOR
M/C
85
86
-
-
-
M/C
E. RISEBRO
M/C
87
84
-
-
-
M/C
J.W. GAUDIN
M/C
81
90
-
-
-
M/C
A.J. IFE
M/C
86
85
-
-
-
M/C
Percy HILLS
M/C
86
85
-
-
-
M/C
James FORRESTER
M/C
85
86
-
-
-
M/C
Fred SAUNDERS
M/C
86
85
-
-
-
M/C
James KAY
M/C
88
84
-
-
-
M/C
George SARGENT
M/C
86
86
-
-
-
M/C
Edward SMITH
M/C
83
89
-
-
-
M/C
R. DUNLOP
M/C
88
84
-
-
-
M/C
J.L. HUTCHINSON
M/C
87
86
-
-
-
M/C
F. WESTON
M/C
86
87
-
-
-
M/C
Harry FULFORD
M/C
86
87
-
-
-
M/C
Walter HAMBLETON
M/C
91
83
-
-
-
M/C
G. CHARLES
M/C
87
87
-
-
-
M/C
J.H. OKE
M/C
90
84
-
-
-
M/C
John HILL
M/C
87
88
-
-
-
M/C
Tom SIMPSON
M/C
89
86
-
-
-
M/C
Peter PAXTON
M/C
91
84
-
-
-
M/C
C. CALLAWAY
M/C
88
87
-
-
-
M/C
J.G. CRAIK
M/C
91
85
-
-
-
M/C
H. HUNT
M/C
86
90
-
-
-
M/C
Joshua TAYLOR
M/C
91
85
-
-
-
M/C
Tom BALL
M/C
91
85
-
-
-
M/C
W.H. HUTCHINGS
M/C
90
87
-
-
-
M/C
Daniel BROWN
M/C
89
89
-
-
-
M/C
David GRANT JR
84
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Hon. H.arold FINCH-HATTON
84
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
A. BECK
84
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Ernest PURSEY
84
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
James PAXTON
88
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Harry TUCK
89
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Robert FULLERTON
90
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
A.E. REID
90
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
S. WHITING
90
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Earl of WINCHELSEA
NR
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas PARR
NR
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Charles HUTCHINGS
NR
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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